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Why Do We Need Education?

Marian K Mar 13, 2020
It is often said that, 'Knowledge is power'. Although there has always been a debate on this matter, the importance of education cannot be denied. Education matters so much for us because it not only provides us financial stability but also brings refinement to our culture.
In an economy where knowledge is the most valuable commodity a person and a country have to offer, the best jobs will go to the best educated - whether they live in the United States or India or China. - US President Barack Obama, Washington D.C. (July 25th, 2009)
The importance of education is clearly emphasized through President Barack Obama's address. He clearly stated that education is extremely crucial for holding a good job and for making a flourishing career.
Limiting education merely for the purpose of securing a well-paying job, is an insult to its significance in human lives. So, what other factors make it so crucial?

Necessity of Education

Education Sparks Curiosity

Education helps us with many things, but most importantly, it empowers an individual to think, question, and see beyond the obvious. Human beings are born with a natural tendency to question. Education is the best way to satiate our curiosity, without extinguishing the burning desire to learn and explore more.

Education Imparts In Depth Knowledge Which Leads to Social Development

Education broadens our horizon and gives us a better understanding of the world around us and how things work. The world needs education since it is the basis of a civilized, structured society. Education helps people to think rationally and avoid illusions in life. It reduces social and economic disparity, allowing progress to be shared equally.

Education Increases Agility Of The Brain

Studies indicate that educated people have a longer life expectancy. They tend to lead a healthier lifestyle by exercising more and playing more sports. Most of them understand the implications of diet and lifestyle on their health, enabling them to make healthy choices.

Allows You To Do What You Love

On an average, educated people have more meaningful and interesting jobs than those held by uneducated people. They are usually in a position to make decisions at work. This results in higher job satisfaction which leads to a better quality of life.

Education Increases Self-Esteem

Educated people are found to have higher self-esteem. Their lives are mostly well-planned and have a definite direction. They have better problem-solving skills and are consequently better equipped to handle everyday decisions.

Educated People Can Provide A Better Upbringing

Children of educated parents have access to better education facilities. These children have a higher cognitive development as compared to children of uneducated parents.

Education Motivates You To Contribute To The Society

Educated people are better positioned to contribute positively to society, and even towards the environment, as they understand the implications of their choices and actions.

Education Can Eradicate Poverty

In developing countries, education is viewed as means to alleviate poverty and engineer social change. It isn't a magic pill for solving all the problems. But it can surely be a ladder to climb out of poverty, exclusion, ignorance, oppression, and war.
One may turn back the pages of history and reexamine primitive societies and their barbaric lives. It is the best way to realize the need for education. Many ineffective, modern educational systems have proved successful in opening people's eyes, but they have closed people's minds.
It is very important to analyze needs and improvise the support system to ensure a better future for forthcoming generations. Its purpose should be to empower mind and soul, to achieve its full potential. Whether our systems achieve or hinder that purpose is another discussion.