"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela.
As the quote rightly points out, said by one of the most influential and revolutionary personalities in the history of the freedom struggle, education isn't just another phase of one's life; it is a tool, a weapon, a shield and a path that can lead one's life towards their goals and destiny. For centuries education can has been at the crux of development and societal progress, and it continues to be the most important driving factor for civilization to foray into a brighter future. One cannot argue against the importance of education, because education itself transcends into multiple forms and mediums. Every form of learning, expansion of knowledge and broadening of thinking is also a form of education.
Right from the day, we're born, we are learning something new. It might be something very minuscule, but it eventually evolves into a greater understanding of other related things. You see, we've to build institutions of learning and schools of thought around the need to educate and further evolve humankind as a whole. The more we discover and the more we nurture new ideas, the more scope there is for education to spread its wings and soar, taking us along with it.
If one had to list down some of the most important reasons why education is vital to everyone's life, it would go like this:
- Education helps with channeling ideas, thoughts, and perceptions into productive files and mediums. Thus, ideas can be transformed into reality, and thoughts can be transformed into tangible products and objects that benefit the entire planet.
- Education instills a sense of right and wrong, subjectivity and also the need to delve into a subject matter and assess it from the roots, rather than make a superficial deduction. When you see a flower, it's nothing more than a flower, but then education steps in and teaches you that the flower was once only a seed, and a whole process went into transforming it into what it is now.
- Education is a key that opens several doors of opportunity, and also if prosperity, which is both a motivation and a driving force for someone to harness their talents, extract their potential and turn it into fuel for their passion. Without education, talents would be left hidden, undiscovered and someone with a lot of potentials would be left downsized and an underdog.
- Education is also all about sharing, giving and growing. Not everyone has access to education, and not just any education; the emphasis here is on quality education. With good education comes the power and inclination to share it with the rest of the world, through whatever means possible.
What is quality education?
Everyone can understand that a spade is a spade, just by looking at it or by being told that it's a spade, but quality education extrapolates its usefulness, i.e., it teaches us how to use the space, what sizes it comes in, and what its other applications are. Quality education isn't always easy to come across, because basic education is mostly directed towards numbers, report cards and putting up a show. "I have an educational degree too" or "I am also educated" are very easy statements to make, but how much one has actually learned from this education, what difference it has made to their thought process, and how it will shape up their future is a whole other ball game altogether.
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Technology: Taking education to the next level
Yes, undeniably technology is a massive part of how we function and how we learnt today. There is no part of the world that hadn't been touched by technology in some way or the other. Everyone has the opportunity and the right to technology, but how has education been changed by this new wave of devices and software?
While some skeptics believe that technology is not the right path to take towards education, there are others who recognized and believe in the power and leverage that technology gives to the various mediums of learning.
Today, with the technology we possess, one can turn their brightest ideas into potential live projects. It's not just gadgets like laptops or smart canvases, even devices like 3D pens help with nurturing the artistic ideas of children and adults alike, allowing them to see their creations turn into actual pieces that they can touch and feel, and yes, this does greatly help in fields like architecture, product design, and much more. In TTC’s comprehensive roundup on 3D Pens, one can truly see how technology is changing the way we learn and create.
Let's look at 5 reasons why technology can be critical to education:
Today, at the mere click of a button, information from any part of the world can be at our fingertips. One can search for absolutely anything under the sun, and technology paired with the internet can get us the right answers in a matter of seconds. Information is a very important leg of education, one without which it would be a lame man trying to climb a mountain. At the foothill of technology, information holds all of it together, and anyone can get to it with very less time and effort.
Imagine if one had to travel to a whole other part of the world to learn something about a different country or culture. Now, with technology, we have access not only to information pertaining to any part of the world but can also see, hear and experience multiple aspects of this information. And, the most important factor here is of convenience; you can be sitting anywhere, and you can learn something about anywhere. There are no boundaries of distance and space anymore, all thanks to technology.
Bridging the gap
As mentioned earlier, not everyone had the access and platform to make the most of good education, but with technology, even the underprivileged have had a lot of different avenues open up for them. Virtual and web classes have become popular in many countries where proper schools and infrastructure are yet to be established. Also, several organizations use technology to reach out to such communities and make education available to them.
Inventing and innovating
Until technology made its true impact on the way the world works, many ideas and discoveries came to a standstill for one simple reason: the lack of the right tools to take these ideas and lead them to fruition. Now, with end number rod tools coming into play on a regular basis, there are hundreds of opportunities for new and innovative ideas to come into the light and be further developed. And, as we know, education can only grow if it develops along with time.
The path to the future
Through education, we aim to create a strong base for future generations to evolve and progress even more than we have, and the technology key for this development to happen. Without technology, this progress would have been a very gradual one, but it has acted as a catalyst and made it possible for us to establish a more secure and hopeful future for the generations to come.
There will always be a pressing debate about how technology has changed the direction in which the world has been moving, and also about whether or not this direction is the right one. From the education standpoint, there are several reasons why, apart from the ones stated above, technology and education have to go hand in hand for all of us to be able to unlock our potential. When the utility is created, so is the need for more productivity. With this brilliant combination of the old and the new, education can conquer mountains that it never has before!