What is the point of an education?
My husband and mother in law are probably going to each have a heart attack as they read that question being that they are educators.
But seriously! Why is it important?
Is it so that you can make yourself a better life? Have a better job?
Why is it important to learn?
Let me explain. I loved school. I kind of wish I could go back and take classes. I love to learn new things, I love to read, and I love math–albeit simple math, but math all the same. I love history and geography and simple psychology and botany. Pretty much a little of everything.
I am trying to understand what makes learning as much as possible so important. Why is it important that we keep up with the rest of the world or excel beyond itd? Why is there a need for global competitiveness? Why is it important who does things first? Russia launched Sputnik before the USA launched a successful mission in space and everyone is still standing. The USA may have created the atomic bomb (yea us! isn’t that great!–please hear the sarcasm!) first, but that didn’t prevent other countries from ending up with it.
Most Asian countries may exceed the USA in academic measures in most areas, but why is that even important? What difference does it make?
I believe that learning IS important, but how does it make you a better person? I know it’s important to be able to read so that you can communicate. It’s important to be able to do calculations for finances and such. It’s important to measure correctly to be able to build something useful. It’s important to understand things about your body to try to stay healthy–or for docs to know EVERYTHING about the body to be able to help you get well if you are sick or broken.
But is an educated person better than an uneducated one?