I Believe In Education
I remember as a young girl, watching television with a family consisting of 2.5 children, the happily married couple whose biggest issue was deciding on pot roast or take out for dinner, a house in a nice suburban neighborhood with the white picket fence, and the friendly dog named Max, I would catch myself daydreaming, wondering what it would be like to live such a simple worry-free life. What would it be like to live in a nice house, and take your dog out for walks without having to look over your shoulder? I would close my eyes, and pretend for a second that I was living the life these fictitious, yet happy characters were living, then, I’d open them and I’d be back in reality, in a crowded two-bedroom apartment where my entertainment consisted of a pipe dream. Of course now as an adult, I realize it was only television, and merely a simulation of a life, that not every American, but the “common” or “average” American possessed. I recall asking my mother, as she would gently comb my hair back before putting me to bed, why it was that those characters had all they had, while we had but a mere percentage, and she would tell me with that soft voice that she once had, that if I wanted to live such a life, to make education my number one priority and never give up on my dreams. I believe in education.
Education, as defined by The Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “encompasses both the teaching and learning of knowledge, proper conduct, and technical competency…” My parents have always instilled the concept of education. They have taught me that no matter what crosses my path, acceptable or inferior, to always keep in mind that education is what is going to take me places, and eventually turn me into the person I hope to some day be, which can be best summed up in one word: accomplished. Because neither my father nor my mother finished college, they have, as have I, and my two siblings, experienced the life of a non-college graduate, which can be very difficult at times. As a result of living that life, I fully intend on reaching my goals and living a life as an achieved and successful woman. I admire my mother and father tremendously, they have worked strenuous hours their entire lives, have raised three children, two of whom are now attending college, and very close to graduating, and they still always have a smile on their faces despite the hardships they have encountered.
Beyond the education I have received from various institutions and teachers, who have shaped my ways of thinking and behaving, I believe education should be the main priority in every child’s life because of the fact that it is a critical aspect in development. Education prepares the youth into what society considers to be a productive member, without it, one is like a fish out of water, completely disoriented from the world, without the ability to succeed or even be a part of civilization as a whole. Very essential to the topic as well is that education is one of the most powerful devices for diminishing poverty and inequality. If education was being implemented all over the world, and every living child was taking advantage of it, not only would poverty and inequality reduce monumentally, but it would lay the foundation for sustained economic growth, and the world would undoubtedly improve.
In conclusion, I believe in education. I believe that it should be implemented in every child’s life, just how it was in mine. Education shall restore society if everyone makes the attempt at spreading it across nations, from the wealthiest of families, to those living in poverty, education is essential and should not be forgotten, but rather praised and admired. Children are the future, and should be respected and treated for what they are, what they shall become, and what they shall accomplish.
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