What is education, and why is it important?
For many, education is synonymous with schooling, and with preparation for a subsequent career. From this perspective, education may seem like little more than a series of boxes to check: show up at class, learn the material, do the homework, pass the test, and, finally, get the diploma that gets you the job. This kind of rote, almost transactional experience of learning can be all too common, and it represents a misunderstanding of what it means to be an educator – or an educated person.
Instead, education can and should be an ongoing process of learning and discovery that extends beyond the hours, months, and years you spend in school (whether on-campus or online). Great teachers and learning institutions help you develop the mindset of being open to the lessons of the world, not just the lessons of the classroom, and to believe in your own ability to continually acquire and use new knowledge.
Thus, the job of an educator isn’t just about teaching; it’s about fostering this positive attitude towards education, and cultivating hopeful environments and relationships for learning that can last a lifetime.
In our fast-changing world, this ability to seize new learning opportunities with eagerness and curiosity is more important than ever for your career as well as your personal life. In just the past decade, the rapid advance of technology and the information revolution have created entirely new disciplines – and highly sought-after career paths – in areas like data science and machine learning. Similarly, we have seen a flourishing of research and writing in areas of self-improvement, happiness, and mindfulness, giving us new tools to enhance our well-being – provided we are open to learning them.
– SumanTV Education
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