Education is one of the most important things in the entire world, a subject so broad that all of us can agree that it is indeed necessary.
However, education goes much farther than just having a certain type of degree to your name. Education means learning, not only about the world around us, but about ourselves as well.
People today measure a person’s intelligence based on the piece of paper that states their degree and the place they received their education from. This has nothing to do with intelligence at all. You do not need some kind of material that states your intelligence for you. In fact, Albert Einstein even admits, “I never let my education interfere with my learning.” Another strong statement from Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Having that said, the more we tend to judge each other based on where we got our education or what kind of degree we have, the more we measure someone’s worth as a human being. This should not be the case, in the slightest. It’s a very sad flaw that exists within our education system, in which a variety of children suffer from later on in life, as they try to meet these high expectations of what it means to be “worthy” in the eye of the public.
Essentially, a person’s good grades mean absolutely nothing, unless you’re obedient to the system that forges you into the “intelligent” person you are today. One of the things people forget to consider is the emotional well-being of people who are trying to get an education. Emotional intelligence is just as important as your educational intelligence. The Dalai Lama brings up a pretty solid point in his Facebook post on May 16th where he writes:
“Modern education with its focus on material goals and a disregard for inner values is incomplete. There is a need to know about the workings of our minds and emotions. If we start today and make an effort to educate those who are young now in inner values, they will see a different, peaceful, more compassionate world in the future.”
It’s important that we recognize that not everything should be measured by the piece of paper that claims our intelligence for us, but instead focus on teaching young minds what it means to be human and what it means to master your emotions. We spend too much time glancing at the surface and never committing to diving in deeper. What do you think about intelligence and education in today’s society?