What is Education?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Education, pronounced ed·u·ca·tion is a simple word but can have different meanings to different people. It can be the process of providing formal instruction at a formal institute (i.e. Education System) or can be the result of such formal instruction (i. e. Education Level). It can be an individual's act of providing instruction through formal exchanges (i.e. Educating). However, one thing that we see consistently, is the very fact that education is beneficial,  disciplined, and valuable process that imparts much needed skills by one or many individuals to one or many individuals. Education has two main elements; teaching and learning and between the two, it has countless, ever evolving, and very dynamic channels that facilitate the rendering of the educational experience.

From the beginning, humans have communicated their identity, values, customs, unique skills, cultural norms, and beliefs to other humans through a broad educational system and this very system has contributed to the continuous progress of human race. The very nature of educational system has evolved along with humans. Before we could read and write, education was provided by gestures and sounds and the need of education was limited to practical and survival skills. With the development of writing skills, we started to store knowledge and started developing it from generation to generation to more complex knowledge that required further formalization of the educational process.

The above two types of education are still very much the same even in the modern human society. The "basic and survival" education is still being provided by parents mostly in informal educational systems and the "complex" education is provided through formal and disciplined educational systems in Schools, Colleges, and Universities. In future blog posts we shall look at these both types of educational systems, their positioning in the modern human development and the very critical role they play and make us the individuals and the nations that we are today.

2 comments:

Shazadi Durrani July 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

An excellent post , real eye opener.. thanks

Rana Abdullah July 26, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

i would second Shazadi. its indeed an excellent post. would like to read more about the types of education you have mentioned in the last para. waiting for the sequel to this post :)

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