What is it to be Educated?

I believe in the power of learning, but it must not just teach work, it must teach life. The majority of our world’s problems, mostly created by us, could be solved with a healthy school system. An appropriate question to ask then is: what do education systems actually focus on?

It depends on the country, but generally, we can say that stakeholders (teachers, students, schools, family, etc.) focus on exam marks, finishing school and then finding a job. Should a system be like this? Just marks, exams and work life? While math formulas, grammar, and biology are essential to knowledge, I believe there are more important things to teach/learn. For example, learning how to: say “good morning” and communicate effectively, interpret economics and understand why poor people are suffering, and why we need the support of others. Teachers should emphasise the importance of protecting the weak, how to play a role against injustice, and teach tolerance and respect for differing thoughts, opinions, and ways of life.

We can make this list longer and longer, but I would like to finish this post with a quote from Plato; “If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.”

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar



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