Education plays an extremely important role in our life and deeply impacts the society. However, how does society influence education? Read on to find out.
We always talk about the importance of education and its impact on society, but seldom think about how society affects our educational system. We often ignore the fact that social norms, customs and traditions deeply affect education. Society and education are tightly bound entities and hence cannot be separated from each other. I think, society in itself, is an educational institution. Social interactions give us the ability to read people. Our customs and values shape our upbringing, thus molding our personalities. We learn from our surroundings; we learn from experience. And we should be grateful towards society for providing us with a platform to learn, grow and enrich ourselves.
Before understanding the influence of society on education, we must define society. Society is an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization. It is characterized by patterns of relationships between individuals. It is a group of individuals who share a common system of customs, values and laws. From the definition of society, it is clear that we human beings are its building blocks. As we interact with people, try to understand their thinking styles and behavioral patterns, we soon realize that there is so much to learn from them. Society is the greatest facilitator of education. Don't you think so?
We cannot restrict the impact of society on the education system alone. We need to understand the role of society in the overall development of an individual. Even before we become a part of the education system, we start learning from our surroundings. And during the process of formal education, we constantly take 'non-formal education' from society. Yes, our interactions with our fellow-beings, our observations about their social behavior and our understanding of social norms prepares us to face life. True, educational institutions, like schools, colleges and universities play a very important role in our education. But, we cannot ignore the fact that we learn some of the important lessons of life from society. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the actual process of learning begins at a point, which marks the end of institutional education. Learning, as an individual, from your interaction with society, is a vital part of education.
Society plays an important role in education and influences it, both positively and negatively. Social inequalities and unhealthy educational practices and are some of the negative influences of society on our lives. Customs and traditions that prevent certain sections of society from exercising their fundamental rights and hamper the well-being of society, shatter the basic ideas of education and social awareness. Some social groups deny women's right to education, while others force children to work, depriving them from a healthy environment, conducive to their growth and development. Education is one of the basic human rights. If social norms deprive certain strata of society from progressing in life and come in the way of social welfare, it defeats the purpose of education.
Society is an entity that cannot be separated from us. It is we who make up the society. It is entirely in our hands whether to add value to our education or devalue it.
Cultural Influence on Education
I can certainly see with my girls that learning is a cultural phenomenon, unique to each family and community.
If we made our living as dairy farmers (as my parents did), my girls would have a big understanding of the life cycle of cows and the planting of crops. If we ran a landscaping business, they'd know about trees and flowers and grades and soil. If we belonged to a church, it would form part of their community and they would learn there, too. Because we are literate,...