Friday, April 5, 2013

A to Z Challenge


 Most of us who graduated with my class were lucky that our parents sent us to good schools and made sure that our grades were good. However Education was not compulsory in India. Children whose parents were not able to give them the basic needs of life could not even think about sending them to school. Still the Government of India would give the messages of the importance of education especially when it came to looking for jobs. Kids with a desire to learn would some how find ways to educate themselves at least to the level of reading, writing and arithmetic.  When I started working I realized that the companies that hired me did not even need my knowledge of the subjects I studied. I was hired because of my communication skills and the knowledge of the product we worked with. I always wondered about the four years I spent in the University and the money that my parents had to come up with for my tuition. Yet, if I were to go back in time, I would still want to be educated. 

In America, I see the most beautiful aspect of  learning. It is what we call Special Ed. In India since education was not compulsory, children with special learning needs did not come in the picture. It seems like American schools have a passion to teach every child including the ones with learning disabilities.  I think that it is important that we all understand that as long as a child is trying , it does not matter what grade he or she is getting. I would like to wash out the notion that  education only means getting best grades and graduating by a certain age. 
I also came to an understanding that education is not the only means of survival. I know people who have Masters and PhD and yet they are not doing good in finding jobs or even keeping their jobs. I think that education should not be limited to only getting a degree, but we should extend it to teaching children how to communicate from early on. Building confidence and trust needs to be part of any given syllabus.


fishducky said...

Amen to that!!

Launna said...

I think education is really important, however; I do not think everyone should go to university... unless you know what kind of degree you want. Otherwise it is too much money to just go for the sake of going.

It is so sad about India not having all children in school :(

Geo. said...

A most thought-provoking post. Thank you. Perhaps the best we can do for our children is to teach them how to learn, quickly and methodically. Too often, in life after schooling, the test precedes the curriculum.

Ghadeer said...

I think education's important not necessarily because of the information you learn there but the process of getting educated is meant to humble you and change your perspective towards life. Not everyone who goes to university ends up being educated..and it's not the only path to learning.

Granny Annie said...

Education is the key to solving all the issues that overwhelm us. It doesn't have to come just in colleges or universities but in life, in books, in all efforts to strive to improve. When we concentrate on bettering ourselves we don't get caught up judging or discriminating against others.

You are doing great with the A-Z challenge.

klahanie said...

Dear Munir,

Once again, a thoughtful and enlightening posting.

And indeed, education should be the right of everybody. And those who have special needs must be treated with the respect and compassion that can help them on in further life.

Of course, as you allude to, it's not always about how many letters you have after your name, it's also about life skills and communication.

Thank you for this and have a peaceful weekend, my friend.


Kate OMara said...

Education opens the mind to new opportunity & thoughts. Agree with you that it's a privilege.

Empty Nest Insider said...

It is so important to teach children about communication and confidence. I also agree that every child has the right to a proper education. Very thought-provoking post.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

As someone who works in higher education, I am a big believer in the power of education.

OT Ebby said...

A thoughtful post- and reminds us that we take education for everyone too much for granted in the West.