21 June

Education is an eminent part of one’s life. Without having proper education and degrees a person stands nowhere. But is education just a piece of paper or does it have more to it than we know?

The education granted with the help of schools and universities, in nations over the world, deeply affects people, families, social orders, and how individuals work as a unit and afterward eventually as a nation. Self-education additionally has a solid task to carry out in this. Any country’s financial and social force is commonly an aftereffect of what its ‘umbrella of training’ bestows—what sort of instruction are their youngsters getting at home, away from home, in, formal arrangements and in some cases in, casual arrangements? Does it lead to the development and genuine strengthening, financial, yet a reasonable strengthening, without the need to fall back on addictions or radical conduct, or does it just follow routine methods of dispersal of information and aptitudes?


To understand the meaning of true education we first need to understand what meaning the word education holds.


Education is significant in society. It’s the reason for the prolongation of culture, for the guidance of people, for the advancement of society, and for different purposes. The school training methodology, which involves the conventional sort we’re acquainted with (school and college training), hasn’t experienced numerous variations for a while. In any case, computerized, digital transformations have been making critical changes all through the educational system.

Education is an instructing and learning framework expecting to socialize people and boost their development and growth. In spite of the fact that it might be regularly connected to knowledge, these two terms ought not to be confused. Education is identified with moral principles, while knowledge is more extensive than that. Despite being connected to moral values and guidelines, it doesn’t signify them in itself. In this way, Education is viewed as a broad framework, with various strategies, procedures, tools, and devices.

But is Education all about bookish knowledge or there is more to it?


“True education is concerned not only with practical goals but also with values. Our aims assure us of our material life, our values make possible our spiritual life.”

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


What is actually true education?

According to beliefs, true education is the one that you cannot find in books. It does not prepare you for your exams but for your life. True education allows us to learn differently, to look at problems through various perspectives, and to provide a variety of approaches on how to solve them. It reveals the potential that you carry rather than the teaching that is embedded in you. It is not concerned with your goals in life but is attached to the values that you behold, the morals that you gain. It goes way beyond materialistic needs and is more inclined towards spiritual wellbeing. Your marks in school, the number of degrees you hold do not show your true education, what kind of person you are, how well you behave, and what kind of values you hold shows your education. It is the ability to learn and relearn, time and again with a new sense of passion and hunger for knowledge. It inculcates proper values that include kindness, just a sense of duty, the ability to have sympathy, empathy, and all those ideals that open the eyes of the soul towards the greater purpose of life.

True education is a combination of both formal schooling along additional know-how, so the students can understand the diversity in the real world and handle problems intelligently and successfully while not forgetting about basic human ethics simultaneously. Another combination can be the one where self-education plays the primary role in one’s life and formal education takes a back seat. There are many eminent personalities in this world, who were self-taught and have turned out to be world leaders, Nobel Prize holders, great artists, etc. To name a few we have Rabindranath Tagore, Leonardo da Vinci, Mark Twain, William Blake, and George Bernard Shaw. For them, formal education was never a concern. Through self-education, they were able to teach themselves all the necessary skills required to be able to survive in the world, along with harnessing a source of strength to follow their passion and exceed in it. The thirst for more knowledge and the power of “Learning till you die” is one of the most important parts of true education. The desire to learn new things, always having the fire within oneself is what helps someone in growing.

Recognizing one’s own self, learning about you, what you want, and how you function while practicing humanitarian values is essential.


“A true education opens the mind and lets us see the world with wonder and joy. It teaches us to accept change with love, and it teaches us to be harmonious with humanity and nature. If any education teaches us to close our minds, to accept the dogma, and to violently inhibit questioning then that is not an education. That is a prison for the mind.”


About Pratyusha Dash

Currently pursuing English Honours at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies. I am currently in my first year. I am also doing an online creative writing course from Internshala which is ongoing.


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