Back to: Contemporary India and Education-Unit 1
Meaning of Education
Education refers to the process of facilitating the acquisition of new knowledge, skills, moral values, beliefs, habits, learning, and personal development.
Concept of Education
Education is compulsory for individuals of a certain age in many countries. Educational methods consist of teaching, learning, training, discussion, directed research, storytelling, and more. Education is an individual’s dynamic force and plays a highly influential role in a person’s mental, emotional, social, physical, creative, spiritual, and ethical development. It helps an individual to go through various experiences and implement these experiences in creating a meaningful life. Socrates states,
“Education means the bring out of the ideas of universal validity which are latent in the mind of every man”.Socrates
Need of Education
Education is important for various reasons some of which is as follows:
Education helps in the development and improvement of various areas of an individual which is required to help them become a responsible member of the society and contribute successfully to the same.
Individuals must be adept at various life skills for which learning various subjects and getting an education is necessary so that they can grow up to be self-sufficient individuals.
Individuals need to find a job so that they can earn a living which is possible when they get an education that prepares them to enter the work front and secure their careers.
Education is necessary for the development of moral and ethical values. It enables individuals to differentiate the good from the bad and enables them to have a positive perspective of the world and life.
Education helps individuals lead a stable and secure life where they can find jobs that entertain their skills so that they can have a secure future ahead of them.
Education is necessary for enabling individuals to become better citizens of the world and contribute to society. In the words of Aristotle,
“Education is the creation of a sound mind in a sound body it develops men faculty especially his mind so that he may be able to enjoy the implementation of supreme court goodness and beauty of which perfect happiness essentially consist.”Aristotle