QUALITATIVE EDUCATION: UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES
Education is a system designed to equip people in order for them to live a successful life; it’s aim is to enable individuals the capacity to live to their full potentials.
Education is an important and an integral part of our collective and individual lives. To be properly educated means one has the capability and capacity to relate with the larger society in terms of the intellectual and creative value one brings to it.
I’ll like to point out that education is not limited to the four walls of the classroom, neither is informal education of low value. A qualitative education deals with equipping people with the fundamental and intricate knowledge of what is being taught or shared. It has more or less nothing to do with where or how one is equipped.
There are certain upsides to getting a qualitative education. One of such is the fact that education improves the quality of your live. It brings about value and excellence. To be qualitatively educated, value and excellence becomes a part of your character and becomes a tool to get ahead in life and to achieve one’s dreams and aspirations.
Another thing education does for you is to expose you to the world. You begin to see opportunities. You become aware and constantly inspired.
Qualitative education also gives you the drive to get results. It’s also instill in you, discipline. It enables you the discipline needed to manage your life, career, family etc.
Furthermore, it creates a healthy competitive atmosphere that drives growth and development in the society while at the same time leaving one with a personal satisfaction. Qualitative education can arouse an individual’s latent potentials and converts it into a dynamite of talent.
However, as it is with all things, there are also certain downsides to qualitative education. Although, these downsides are not part of it aim yet they arise due to the way we present education. We erroneously fail to realize that people are unique and in need of different milk. We need to recognize that what is good for the goose is not necessary good for the gander. This problem ofcourse is being addressed in terms of special schools for special kinds of people, but I wanted to point it out.
Part of the downside to qualitative education is the time and funds required to attain an acceptable level of education. So much is spent from childhood to adulthood to gain knowledge that are fast needing an upgrade. That you got a good education in school doesn’t necessary mean you are good to go. You begin to find out that there is more to learn and know even as the world evolves; as innovations come to light.
Qualitative education also tends to put preeminent on logic as oppose to imagination. We are taught to reason, to think logically but never to imagine. We forget that imagination is the basis of creation. Logic alone cannot take us far enough, hence the need for imagination.
At any rate, we need to find a balance. How much is good enough? What is truly needed? How do we gain good education without stifling ourselves in the process? These questions can only be answered by oneself and for oneself alone.
Writer- Peter Oruamen