My Past Academic Writings 5: “Education is society’s solution to its problems.” Discuss.

So, I have decided to showcase some of my past, not so well-done academic writings that I have done in my 2 years in Junior College. They are not the best, but these are definitely pieces which I have placed my hard work, sweat and blood into. And I most definitely welcome discussions!

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Education has evolved over the years. The invention of the internet and the advancement in technology has allowed humans to get information anytime anywhere. Humans are no longer reading from tomes or scrolls in ancient libraries but through modern platforms such as the internet or the print media. Education is the process where one gathers information and in turn becomes wiser and more knowledgeable as he ages.  In today’s society, humanity still faces multiple problems, such as crime, poverty, gender inequality and even racial discrimination. These are the problems that ultimately harm the fabric of our society and should be eliminated. As such, I largely believe that education is society’s solutions to its problems even though there are certain limitations to what education can offer.

Firstly, the provision of education to people, especially youths, will help eliminate poverty. Education teaches and prepares people with the relevant skills for the rigor in modern society, such as communication and team work. Sometimes, schools go the extra mile and diversify their students’ skills, making them specialised in multiple fields. Together with established qualifications, they will allow one to get employed and earn a sufficient salary that will not only support their family but also enough to spend on other miscellaneous activities. Yet, in less developed countries (LDC) not everyone is entitled a proper education, what more a good one. People do know the importance of receiving education, but sometimes, people have their reasons, which may include families needing extra hands in farms or to work for more salary or the inability to afford education. These boundaries and obstacles can be overcome and they require commitment, just like how Mr Bai Fang Li, a trishaw man helped finance poor students in China their tuition fees and living expenses for sixteen years.  He understood the importance of education and gave his best to help the poor children. He is a role model for many to follow. When people in communities are employed and earning sufficiently, their quality of life and standard of living not only improve, their poverty level also diminishes. Overtime, the gap between the rich and poor will narrow and be eliminated. Hence, I believe that education is the society’s solutions to its problems.

However, education can be seen as a redundancy, a hindrance. This is so because the skills or subjects taken in institutions may not be useful or applicable in reality or in the future. One does not use algebra to calculate how much to spend in a shopping mall. Furthermore, the very fact that the future is unpredictable would mean that what we learn today may not be necessary for the future, and hence it would mean a waste of time. Even though education has its perks, it may still be undesirable and may not steer one in the direction of solving problems in today’s society.

Secondly, education reduces crime rates. The provision of information on the punitive punishments to various crimes acts as an effective deterrence for future culprits. This is especially so due to the improvements in technology, where one can gather such information through the print media, digital media as well as the social media easily. In Singapore, a television programme, called “Crime Watch”, was created to showcase to the public the efficiency of the local police force by showing the swift apprehension of criminals and the low tolerance for criminal activities. Such public education not only deters potential crimes from taking place but also raises awareness to the public the importance of staying alert outdoors. Hence, education can be society’s solution to lower crime rates.

Lastly, education can foster unity among people. The past offers a variety of problems for different civilizations. Some societies have seen riots, some have seen wars. But all these problems showcase various lessons to be learnt, they range from violence to racial discrimination to gender inequalities. These lessons can be taught to the current generation of people and inculcate morale values into them. Learning about the past mistakes is important for it shows the folly of past actions on innocent victims. Singapore has faced riots back in the nineties, and they have taught modern generation the importance of social cohesion between different races and religions and that our society requires different communities to work together in order to prosper harmoniously. Learning about the past can prevent past mistakes from taking place again and ultimately protects people. Hence, I believe that education is society’s solutions to its problems.

All in all, I believe that education is important for it allows one to process information, insights and ideologies from the things he experiences with his senses daily. It is required to help people establish sound reasoning and provide evidences. They have been proven, in the earlier paragraphs, to benefit humanity by eliminating potential threats that society faces and hence are able to be classified as potential solutions to multiple problems.

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