Tuesday, May 27, 2008
What is Education? What Is It For?
I happened to actually see the Math problem associated with this story. None of my 3 colleagues could solve it. What does that prove?
Albert Einstein if he were to be put in Singapore, probably won't have the chance to be the genius he is. For those who are in the education system, they don't even know why they are in the education system. There has to be a cause for education. And if the cause for education is to get good marks during exams, I say the cause is lost.
I read a lot of business books and magazines. I can say with 100% confidence that the amount of marks you get in school is not directly related to the salary you're going to draw in the future. When you look at executives, some of them are highly educated. But also note that some are there not because they are highly educated but through sheer hard work.
Parents are worried for their kids. An increasingly number of parents are worried for their kids. They are also worried that the education system is too tough for their kids.
Would all these tough questions make a difference to their lives 5 years later? 15 years later?
What are they learning exactly? What is education?
To quote Albert Einstein, "Education is what's left after you've forgotten everything you learned in school."
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