English III Honors
February 19th, 2012
What is Education Throughout the course of human events education has always existed, but what exactly is education? According to the Google dictionary, education is the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction. But there is more to education than that, there are a variety of thought - provoking observations in education, to many people education is seen differently, and the process of educating differs as well.
The purpose of education is to give individuals the necessary skills they need in life in order to ensure their survivability. According to Emerson’s “Education”, “he only holds the key to his own secret.” This means that individuals are the ones who decide whether they want to be truly educated and they determine what they will do with it. You can not force an individual to become educated if he does not choose to, because in the long run he will decide what to do with the knowledge he has acquired. Instead educators must provide learners with the skills and knowledge that they need in order to be successful in doing what interests them, Emerson also argues In his essay titled, “Education” that, “keep his nature and arm it with knowledge in the very direction to which it points.” He believes education is meant to aid individuals do what they want, not what the educator wants.
Furthermore, the quality of an education is not based upon the quantity of work given, but it seems as though most educators believe otherwise. Throughout the course of my education I have experienced many hardships, which includes the amount of work I am expected to do and the kind of work it is. Most teachers tend to give assignments that seem like a complete waste of time, they seem arduous, boring, and excessive. Due to such characteristics it makes me detest school and is slowly taking away my passion for reading books. According to Francine...