Education is Not Restricted to Classrooms
“There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other
how to live” -
Education is changing the world, since the time its importance has been realised.
We would have to agree with John Adams when he wrote the aforementioned quote; apart
from preparing oneself for earning bread and butter by using their educational degree,
one must take-in the knowledge to live decently amongst the people. Having said
that, it is obvious that you must look beyond the classroom teaching for a new perspective
Have you ever Googled the meaning of education? Well! I did, and here is what I
The definition #2 made me think more and hence led me to writing this blog. Education
is also being defined as “an enlightening experience”. And if you think, you can
feel it too.
Let us take an instance; a group of college students from different courses is sitting
in a playground during lunch and chatting around. They are discussing a topic which
is favourite to every student in the world – about how their teachers behave outside
the classrooms. From the discussion, a sports enthusiast got to know about a teacher
from another department who used to be a national level athlete. The girl got “enlightened”
and thought that they can together make a sports club to promote the sports talent
in the college.
This might seem like a simple realization, but it has a strong impact. This one
realization has – changed the college culture, open doors for all those who were
shy to come forward with their sports talent, bring a freshness in the environment,
helped in developing physical as well as mental health, induced the quality of taking
initiatives. Furthermore, with actual participation in sports, children and staff
learned how to work in collaboration, especially when there is so much gap between
the two sides (gap refers to generation, age, maturity and of course, education).
What classroom studies teach you
Courses and syllabus are important to build up your intellect for the subject of
interest. You read books and learn the definitions about things that have already
been discovered and tested, like about planets, Pythagoras theorem, laws of inertia,
etc. Some studies were for general understanding such as English grammar while some
others are more career specific, like computer software course. You read them, understand
them, memorize them, pass the papers and acquire the degree. You have got a base
for earning money in the future. Congrats.
But is that enough? Is that what is required to keep you happy? Think again.
Money is important but not everything
Everybody needs money since this is how the world works; you get your required things
in exchange for money. And your well-acquired education will surely earn you that.
But there are some other things that are important too, and those can be gained
only if you are vigilant enough to experience education outside your classrooms.
What education be like outside the classrooms
Learning is omnipotent – it means, it is everywhere. It is not at all fancy to say
Sun teaches us to be disciplined. I can list a few characteristics of education
that can only be found outside your subject classroom:
Attending your lectures on time is, of course,the first thing that teaches discipline
but waiting in a queue for your turn in a canteen further inflicts discipline for
the rest of your lives.
➤ The freshness of mind and soul
Activities like sports, dancing, crafting, organising trips, starting educational
clubs, performing dramas, etc. is needed to spice up your daily routine. This is
important to reduce that pressure of study to get a well earning job. Be a participant;
you will never regret it.
➤ Purpose for life
When you choose a particular area for studies, like Management or agriculture, you
are aware of your field of work. But when you actually go on educational tours or
take up a voluntary work in a farm field, you become double sure if you really see
yourself doing what you want to do. Plan more trips, even outside your college administration;
ask your elder relatives or friend’s family to give you a glance of a practical
world out there.
➤ Social behaviour
We as humans are blessed with all emotions; love, anger, hatred, sympathy, fear,
experimenting, overthinking, underthinking, being judgmental, having a difference
of opinions, secretive, caring. And every other being is different. Everyone wants
to have pleasant surroundings. And it is we who make the surroundings, hence the
onus is on every individual to understand social norms & behaviour and act accordingly.
The team activities like event organizations, conducting quiz, managing sports event,
volunteering college official visits is all that you can look forward to if you
wish to be accepted in the society around you. These events will give you some bitter
experiences but also some memorable moments. There may be conflicts, an extra rush
of passion, heavy misunderstanding, a lot of appreciation, too much of excitement;
in short, these events are the perfect amalgamation of all types of behaviour from
different places & people and an opportunity for you to learn what and what is not
accepted in the society.
➤ Personality that matters
When you open up with your thoughts and opinions on matters other than the academics,
you form a unique character. You, yourself might not know that the character existed
within you. In the process of getting mature with age and experience, these personality
traits will help you in taking right decisions.
You can start building up your personality in school/college from the very first
day by taking active parts in induction programmes, interacting with teachers and
seniors, exploring about college by questioning or by self-test, be a part of every
feasible competition or class assignment without fearing the failure, do not make
opinions based on hearsay, and always ready to learn.
➤ Broad understanding of the present and the future
Meeting people and participating with 100 percent attention in various events let
you have a clear picture of what is goingon with respect to a career& social trends.
For instance, attending a college seminar and listening to the guest speaker who
is way ahead in knowledge and experience may give you an insight of what you would
need to achieve in life.
You need to come out of your protective web and be fearless in experiencing the
things you haven’t experienced before. After all, you have chosen a college to study
rather than a home-school and if you haven’t learned this not-so-academics education,
you are doing something wrong. Understand the importance of out-of-the-classroom
learning that may come in form of sports, practical learning, initiative events,
organizing activities, seminars, presentations, representations or just group discussions.
Be a smart consumer of learning!
Priyanka Berry, who loves writing, professionally and otherwise, is the owner of
blog called MorningSunshine. She is an expert in writing articlesin various fields
like education, product & service industry, software and website portrayal. Her
passion for writing makes her to write each piece with extensive research and quality.
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