13 REASONS WHY TO CONTINUE THE NOBLEST PROFESSION
RONA JEMICA T. JIMENA
Education: A Purposive Instrument of Balance and Growth
Can you think of the reason why you are born? How about why the air, land, and water were made? And why there is life when there will be death?
I bet you already knew that these questions are pertaining on purpose. Surely, everything that was born is born with a purpose; everything that was made was made also for a purpose; and everything that is happening has its purpose. Well, as someone continues to live, it is all about the purpose.
Have you ever wondered why it is essential for someone to study and investigate? Will not investigating affect you that much? Well, Martin Luther King also thought of the purpose of education at the age of 18. While, tackling the purpose of it he also emphasized its importance.
He wrote an opinion column for the campus newspaper at Morehouse College on the subject. Neither he nor anyone else could have known that 17 years later he would be penning a Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and, five years after that, the world would be mourning his untimely death.
After a long time, still education is something to talk about. Everyone is still in the process of figuring out what is the importance of education on their lives ahd why to improve the system of education?
“It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture.” He said. “Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the ligitimate goals of his life.”
He explained that education is expected to contribute to the growth of someone. It should be the way towards that “ligitimate goals”. But, now, education is just for compliance. It is all about doing it for your parents not to disappoint them. Doing it because they say it is for your good. It is supposed to contribute but it seems to be a burden for those half-closed eyes.
King also figured out that one will be quick, resolute, and effective thinker by means of the process of imparting knowledge and self-learning. He also opposed those majority of people self-claiming to be educated. He said that these do not think logically and scientifically.
“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.” The importance of balance must be also taught based on King which is done accordingly. But, massive of the youth do not realize that there is wrong with their balance. They tend to weigh things based on their single look. This is something that is in need of focus, teaching students to weigh properly.
“Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.” You, yes the youth, intelligence is not intelligence without the character, or the appreciation to education itself. You cannot attain the true essence of education without combining the balance and growth by intelligence and character. If you think you’ve known the pupose of education, think twice. If you think of attending for a purpose, think of the goals you want to pursue to achieve what you need and want to procure for your future.
The author is Teacher 1 at Camachiles National High School