Anatole France once said: “An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know, it is being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't know.” The societal definition of education stipulates that education is merely the delivery of knowledge, skills and information from teachers to students. In capturing what is really important about being and becoming educated, this definition is inadequate. The process of becoming an educated individual would be a more reasonable definition of education. Being educated means that you are able to perceive accurately, think logically and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals and ambitions. In addition, you are able to apply the knowledge gained from what you learned in the classroom, and use those life lessons in real world situations. Education is like a Chinese meal, a series of short courses, none of which you ever really finish. The notion that the definition of education is simply the transfer of knowledge, skills and information from teachers to students is blatantly misguided. While this definition of education is partly true it is unbelievably inadequate and is probably the primary source of the vast tragedy of “accountability” on students, which treats subjectively insufficient results on irrelevant tests as proof that some school communities need to be punished.
If you asked a person in high school or college exactly why he is in
school his response would probably have something to do with "getting an
education." Is that really why he is there? The next question you may ask is
"what are you going to do with your education?" The response would undoubtedly
include something about "getting a good job" or perhaps "to make a lot of
money." Most of the people in the society we live in have been brainwashed to think
that unless one has at least a high school diploma there is no future anywhere
for him, this notion is completely...