To be successful in life, what you need is education, not literacy and degrees.- Munshi Premchand
All those who are educated may be literate but all those who are literate may not necessarily be educated. There exists a great divergence between the educated and the literate in our society. However, we fail to see the difference between the two. Education is the overall development of a person who has the ability to think and analyze a situation rationally. Literacy on the other hand is restricted to the ability of a person to read and write. Education gives us the ability to comprehend what we read and write, which in turns helps us broaden the extent of our thinking. How often do we see a well-educated person throwing trash on the road? Was he not taught that one should not litter public places? Why do we find people spitting on the road? I would like to believe, these are the same people who have studied in the good schools or; good colleges but still lack the civic sense of what is the right thing to do.
Many a times we have witnessed marriages break off because the girl’s family simply could not cough up enough money for dowry! This comes from the groups of educated people. Every family is on the lookout for a well-educated girl to bring into their family; a smart and an ambitious girl, only to tell her that she need not work since her husband is making enough money to support the two of them. Why must her ambition be any inferior to her husbands? How can we be so hypocritical? On the flip side, why can’t it actually be promoted? Such discrepancies hurt the very psyche and self-confidence of a person. Are we really that judgmental? Those who fail to see the fallacies in our existing customs are the ones who fall under the category of the uneducated literate.
Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one- Malcom Stevenson Forbes
So, why do we educate ourselves?
It’s simple. To become a better person. That is the very purpose of education. It makes us liberal. It makes us think freely. It makes us ask questions. It makes us tolerant. It gives us an understanding of different perceptions. In short, it aids our development.
Have you ever felt an impulse to learn something? Not for exams but learn something just because you were interested in a topic. If you haven’t, you should try it. It is totally different when you actually want to do something yourself. There is no real point to just cram before the exams to get grades and not be able to implement the same things in real life.
A survey by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India says that despite the robust demand for MBAs, only 10 percent of all graduates are employable. Surprising, isn’t it? MBA is more of a status symbol for us. The brilliant tag is simply given to someone because of their degree. According to Aspiring Minds National Employability Report, which is based on a study of more than 1,50,000 engineering students who graduated in 2015 from over 650 colleges, only 20% of these engineers are employable because for the rest, the skills they have are not up to the mark with what is required for the industry. This just shows the limitations of literacy and not being able to implement in real life.
We spend years formally educating ourselves, but maybe we should pause for a moment and think if, we are educated in the truest sense of the word. Do you actually possess the capability to honestly perceive the world for what it is and not only see what you were was told by others? I promise to do my bit of introspection, do you?