Education to some might not be as important as we believe it to be. Some praise that education is what we need as humans to be able to get to a higher level, which in turn yields many possibilities to help pass the knowledge on. Some might not grasp that idea entirely, and yet disregard education. Me personally, I believe it is the basis of a strong foundation. Without education, we would be mindless explorers limited to only what we believe is true. Nothing but constant bickering with one another about petty situations as well as violent and ignorant acts that would arise from one another. Education is what keeps us at bay, as well as being able to pick and choose our destination in life with a broader outlook. With it, we can utilize our education to help build on our self-strengths as individuals, as well as our weaknesses and reflect those with the peers around us. Education should cater to our youth as well as our older selves, to help brighten our paths, and help stay towards a progression of living, learning, and loving.
Education for me growing up for the most part was extremely enjoyable, as well as really nerve racking. I say nerve racking because I hated being called on randomly in front of the class. Not because that I didn’t know the answer, but because I was a shy guy. But I believe that’s where I learned to open up, and be more interactive with my fellow students. That’s also when I started to enjoy every minute of it. I believe my hunger for learning was aimed more towards the human interaction that we were involved in everyday. Being able to learn from other students, teachers, myself, as well as the lesson plan that was implemented towards us. I believe that is all part of the educational process. I mean you can be educated from the comfort of your own home, in other words home schooled, but I believe that once released out of the environment, you still have to learn to adapt to your peers and be able to share those experiences, and sometimes that is a hard transition for some. Once comfortable in your learning environment, I believe that’s when you really start to grasp what you are being taught. When you feel a certain way in class, it’s hard to understand and take in what you are learning, so that is where I see the decline. School should be a place where students feel as comfortable as can be to have a positive outcome for students.
When I was younger, learning was fun. The teachers are the ones who help the students grasp what’s being thrown at them, inside and outside the classroom. They execute well thought out itineraries, and other methods of teaching to help the students understand in a way they only can. They make the day go by with ease due to having the students excited for what’s to come. That’s my ideal vision for how a student should feel inside a classroom, being able to be comfortable enough to take in all the positives from the classroom experience. Teachers are the ones that help set the students in a mind state that they are more than capable to achieve anything in life, especially if you put your heart and mind into it, but also to be caring and understanding enough towards the students knowing that there is a world these students live outside of those classrooms. Teachers, when you are lucky, are the ones who make school worthwhile, they are the ones blessed with the passion to teach others as well as be able to portray how we should be towards one another. I give it up to all the teachers out there, because majority have to put up with us students, and sometimes we don’t mean to give you guys a hard time, it just comes with the territory I guess. But all in all, I believe that we all are teachers inside, the only difference is that you guys are great enough to get paid for doing it. Keep doing what you guys do best!
When it comes to education, I’ve been taught the saying, “Practice makes perfect”. And through experience, I know education is the basis of practice. Once enough practice is incorporated in ones art/craft or field of education, I believe you can be considered at a masterful level of knowledge towards that art/craft or field of education. In chapter two (10,000 Hours) of Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers”, what I found profound was the study that Anders Ericcson and a couple of colleagues did towards children towards the amount of hours spent practicing the piano, and if it had profound effects on how the children played. “Everyone from all three groups started playing at roughly the same age, around five years old. In those first few years, everyone practiced roughly the same amount, about two or three hours a week. But when the students were around the age of eight, real differences started to emerge. The students who would end up the best in their class began to practice more than everyone else: six hours a week by age nine, eight hours a week by age twelve, six teen hours a week by age fourteen, and up and up, until by the age of twenty they were practicing—that is, purpose fully and single-mindedly playing their instruments with the intent to get better—well over thirty hours a week. In fact, by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours of practice. By contrast, the merely good students had totaled eight thousand hours, and the future music teachers had totaled just over four thousand hours. The striking thing about Ericsson’s study is that he and his colleagues couldn’t find any “naturals,” musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any “grinds,” people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn’t have what it takes to break the top ranks. Their research suggests that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.” Those quotes I believe was needed to be incorporated for the simple fact that studies show “Practice does make perfect”, If not perfect then very good at the least.
Education, and its methods, has shaped how we learn on a day-to-day basis. Without basic education, one cannot fathom the thought of higher learning. Without that higher learning, it would seem impossible to achieve success far greater than he/she expected. The Internet is a great example. I couldn’t imagine a group of uneducated individuals create something as complex as the Internet. That’s why I said education and its methods have shaped how we learn on day-to-day basis because it helped shaped the individuals to be able to think outside of the box and helped developed the Internet. Now you can be able to travel abroad, while still being able to do schoolwork or regular work from your suite somewhere in Beijing, or you hotel room somewhere in Paris, France. Thanks to education, we are able to travel freely, vacation, and still be able to apply ourselves to our education and be the best that we can be.
I believe that success is something that we overlook at times. In pop culture, they tend to perceive that it is in a form of a career path, and also what we make financially from it. Who wouldn’t consider owning a 3.5 million dollar Ferrari isn’t being successful? It can be easy to consider that being successful, but I have a slightly different take on it. Me personally, I believe that success is the steps you take towards your goals. Every step you make is a step closer to being successful. To be successful you have to maintain those steps and be constantly progressing. So its more so of a successful path, rather than one single successful destination. Once you stop those motions, days seem like weeks, and weeks seem like months. Everyday there is something to learn about, something to share with someone, something or someone to acknowledge. I believe those are the keys to being successful and I actually consider that slight success. What I consider slight success is the little steps you take on a day-to-day basis to help achieve success in the long run. Even once we hit our plateau that we have envisioned for ourselves in life, it would still be a learning process, and the idea of success and slight success would still be in full effect. If not then you wouldn’t be progressing towards anything anymore because the comfort you feel of being successful puts slack on your forward progression. Being successful in my mind is having a positive outlook on life, regardless of what’s on your plate. You just have to smile through the rain and the pain, and that will help you get through whatever is you are going through. And in my eyes, that is success.
When it comes to education, and how it should be received, students and teachers alike should be open towards learning curves which both benefit the teacher and the student. The teacher would be able to learn more about the students and their learning techniques, while the students can help grasp the teacher’s ideologies quite easily from using the methods learned from the students. It might seem a bit broad but it might go a long way. I believe that would be successful because it’s not just the teachers teaching the students, but also being able to learn from the students and their learning behaviors. For example, have the children present or teach the class about something they did research on, as well as implement certain objectives that the other students and teacher can reflect on. Then have the students analyze one another but sharing what they thought and also be able to share what they have learned. I really think that method would make the students more involved, as well as the teacher and everyone can benefit from the experience.
Success and education, I believe, go hand in hand with one another. They compliment each other quite respectively. Education is what gives you the tools, knowledge and strength to be successful individuals. The road to success is engraved in the educational foundation that is used to help navigate towards your destination. I don’t believe that financial stability is full on success. I believe that when you have been through trials and tribulations, faced adversity, faced fear, faced defeat, got knocked down and got right back up, that to me is success. When you could have easily given up or didn’t have the will anymore from life weighing you down, you chose to get back, dust yourself off and get back to work. That to me is success. There are many opinions about success, and how we perceive it, but I believe if you have a great educational foundation and love and cherish what you do, regardless of how much money you make, you are already successful. The amount that you receive is a plus.
Source: Reading Culture Page 404 “Worked Over and Overworked”
By: Steven Greenhouse