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Thursday, 29 November 2012

Education


Education is one of the most important aspects of contemporary society or rather any society temporally located anywhere in the world’s history. In connection with this, it is important to ascertain as to what constitutes as education. In the recent past not only in Pakistan but rather as a global phenomenon, the term ‘education’ has become synonymous with all sorts of things which would be called ‘tertiary training’ or ‘technical training’. Unfortunately, it could not be farther from the truth. For education is not technical training. Education is a name for teaching and inculcating moral values into pupils. It is more than just about moral values; it is to make them to appreciate the mores of their society. It is to make them a responsible member of the society. If education can not achieve this end for itself and the pupil, it does not deserve to be called as education. The purpose of education is to make better and responsible human beings for the society, the sorts of human being who can become an asset of the society. In the midst of our cry for moral values and mores of the society and the want for conformity with them, it is pertinent to mention lest we forget that the education must also teach the students to question. Question the very education they receive,  question the knowledge that they receive, question the values they are imbibed with, instead of being passive recipients of morals and mores they should be actually question the values they are being indoctrinated with, and last but not the least to question the authority of the society and that of the state; for it is only when we question, we can differentiate between true knowledge and falsehood. It is only when we question that we are able to transform ourselves from mere sheep to reflecting human beings. We must not forget that nature has bestowed us with the best it had, thus we must not act like sheep who have a shepherd to shepherd them where ever he wants.