“KNOWLEDGE IS LEARNING SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. WISDOM IS LETTING GO OF SOMETHING EVERY DAY” – Zen Proverbs
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Then, the main aim of education is to ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE. But what is knowledge without application? Doctors that know smoking or drinking has adverse effects on our health: But still, smoke and drink. Pedestrians that cross the street even when the traffic light is RED. How many times do we drop rubbish on the floor knowing that it will litter the environment? Urinating at places where it is clearly written: “DO NOT URINATE HERE”. National pledges we said at school but we never ever apply them. If your main aim of going to school is to get a degree because you think it guarantees you a higher paying job, then you should know that a lot of people have been able to make it without graduating from a higher learning institution.
So, what after all is education? Is it just about going to school? Or getting a degree? Is it just about getting a degree? Or acquiring knowledge? Is it just about acquiring knowledge? Or applying the knowledge in a way that the society will benefit, or in a way that makes us CORRUPT. Often times, in the quest for education, we do not realize that we pave the way for corruption. Parents that give bribes to the principals to get their unqualified kids admitted. And those that cannot afford for bribes are underprivileged of education. Lecturers engaging in the sales of exams papers to students. Junior students giving bribes to the senior students just to avoid being bullied. So my question is EDUCATION or CORRUPTION???.
It is ridiculous that those that are engaged in bribery and corruption are the ones that are “educated”. Theodore Roosevelt once said that a man who has never had education may steal from freight car but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. Am afraid that a time will come where a generation of the young ones will come to believe that personal efforts and merits do not count and that success only comes through manipulation, bribery, and corruption. So, to everyone in the school, university or college, I urge you to go to school with the right purpose in mind. Mark Twain once said: Do not allow your schooling interfere with your education. Do not be the part of the problem, but be the part of the solution. Do not be a part of the society where the love of money outweighs the love for service for humanity. Do not just go to school but get educated, because education is the Knowledge that Empowers You: Education is the KEY.
“ONLY THE EDUCATED ARE FREE”