Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela
I’ve been thinking about what actually is education. Is it passing exams, learning lots of facts, learning skills?
I suspect real education is about learning skills. First learning to read, write, to do basic arithmetic. Useful tools for what comes next.
Learning lots of facts can be useful if they give a framework for fitting in happenings, new discoveries or making sense of some reason for doing something.
But the skills that are important are to take all the facts, be able to sift through them for a purpose, use reasoning and logic to check assumptions or make decisions. To take in new information and allow it to influence one’s perception of the world and what one knew previously. To create an ‘open mind’ to be able to assess new information without allowing others to unduly influence ones thinking.
And then the biggest skill which I believe is proof of education, the ability to learn new skills, assimilate new information to produce these skills.
I suspect education, erudition and wisdom are different things. Subtly different and all important together.