41 thoughts on “Education

  1. Since I was young, I was told plainly that education was extremely important. I was told that if I wanted to succeed in the world, I needed to treat education like the be all end all. I had a hard time adjusting to regular school life, and I remember crying for hours over getting bad grades, or panic studying for a test all night. I thought that getting even a single bad grade meant that I had already failed, not just myself, but also my family. I would lose my sense of self over getting the perfect shiny grade, but one day I realized how miserable I was, trying so hard for something that ultimately didn’t matter more than my general well being. I couldn’t keep going on like this, so I re-evaluated what education meant to me, and was able to look past the letter grade, and beyond core subjects to learn about people, the world, and how cruel things can be. Education is a powerful tool that can bridge the gap between even the most fundamentally different of people, and I hope to use it to understand and respect people that I normally wouldn’t agree with.

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    • I was too on the same boat; I was afraid of showing my parents my progress reports sometimes because of a C or sometimes a B when I was in middle school. Then again, I wasn’t really open about things either, as I was keeping all my thoughts to myself and not expressing to others how I felt on both sides. Back then, I just looked at education for the grades and the success for good grades; I wasn’t thinking about the future really. Glad to hear that over time we were able to view the benefits of education versus its costs, and how our well-beings distinguish between the two; a settling environment has proven to be key for truly understanding ourselves.

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    • I believe there is nothing wrong with education but everything to do with the system. The education system is stock-still in the industrial world, where students are taught to become factory workers. Today we need leaders and business owners. The society thinks is the best way is to teach students and prepare them to take over the generation. This creates the pressure on most if not all students changing views about education. Do get me wrong I am also a victim of this get A or else you will become a loser thinking but I will not let it affect my thinking about education.
      After all,”Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ”
      -Thomas A. Edison
      If society does not understand this, then I do not care.

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    • I do believe that the value and what you make of the things you do is one of the most important things when it comes to any action. Especially with complex tasks, such as education, where it’s always an ongoing process and one that everyone handles differently. I also think that your goal of using education to understand and respect other people who might not have understood enough before is a wonderful one.

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    • Growing up, I also encountered the same problem. My parents never had an adequate education, as a result they wanted me to do what they never could and go off to college. At times I would near a breakdown about a unsatisfying grade. Ultimately, I found comfort in the fact that no one is perfect and that a grade does not reflect my capabilities as an individual. This led me to not focus all my attention on one aspect of my life but look at everything as a whole.

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    • I believe that education is very important and that getting good grades does prove that you do understand the subject well, but I do believe that if one self isn’t doing to well in a certain subject then it should be the schools/teachers responsibility to contact the student and give them more support with the subject. I believe an individual could never fail for the year just simply because they failed a class, they just need more attention/help.

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    • Coming from a different country, education has always been my first priority since I wanted to make my mother and my family proud. So I understand you so well because I worked so hard all of these years trying to maintain the . best letter grades because of never wanting to disappoint and that takes a poll on people. I became overly stressed and exhausted all of the time until I realized that trying my best didn’t mean beating myself up to maintain the standard.

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  2. In today’s society a lot of teens and children have the mentality of not continuing to college and instead to just go halfway through high school until they reach to drop out and somehow find a job or parents to help them out for the rest of their lives. For some who are not lucky it would be the scenario of going to the streets and selling different drugs and live the dangerous life of not getting arrested or even shot. I on the other hand don’t believe in this but quite the opposite. To become successful one needs to seek education and even though it will be a struggle at first their will be sweetness at the end. My Dad has always said one phrase to me that I won’t forget. “ If you plant a an apple seed you will get an apple tree. Thus if you plant a mango seed you will also get a mango tree out will come a mango tree. So if one “plants” hard work, effort, and faith then the outcome will be pride, success, and happiness. This is what inspired me every time during my time of high school and still inspires me now. To make it to the top one needs to also sacrifice one or more of the thing they truly cherish. Like Paulino Simons “ Everything comes with a price…”. Which is true especially for me. While taking AP classes in high school meant that I would increase my chances of getting more recognized by colleges, and boosting my GPA, it also meant that I had to decrease my time with sleep, cancel plans with friends more than a few times, GPA to drop due to one low grade, and increase in stress. But from an outcome I got into pretty good schools and I felt such a sense of pride in completing the classes. So for all those that are reading this right now, DO NOT STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF AND YOU’RE EDUCATION.

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    • I do agree with you Luqman that “everything comes with a price” and that education is also very important because that is how society is now a days. But even if you go to college or not you can always find ways to be successful. It might not be the easiest way but it is a risk a lot of people plan to take because school is not for everybody. I also agree that people should never stop believing in themselves because you should always care for yourself first and you should always have confidence in what you do even if people doubt you. As long as you have a positive mindset and put work in what you do, you will accomplish many things in your life.

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    • Do you think sacrificing something for more education is for everyone? like a job oppurtunity but they turn their back on it to go to school. But then school don’t work out

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    • really agree with your statement! success comes with sacrifices! those longs and endless nights of studying and doing homework will pay off in the long run. It’s all about patience and taking your education seriously. I’ve always been an advocate for this because I know people, like my parents, who did not have the same opportunity education wise to engage in better jobs so they wouldn’t struggle to pay bills and such as much. There is always a testimony after every test!

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  3. When I was twelve years old, my older sister fell ill. She had lost her memory, causing various mental illnesses while she also suffered a physical illness. It took a toll on my entire family, and somehow, I convinced myself that it was my job to take care of her. I took on as much as possible, trying to take the ease off my mother and make things easier for our entire household. Being only a seventh grader, I didn’t know how to compartmentalize. Stress from my home began to take effect on my school life, and my grades began to struggle. As the years passed, my family struggled with financial problems. When I looked at my report card and realized I had recieved my first “F”, my eyes were opened. I realized that I could not be the thing that healed my family, not while only in high school. The only way to help improve my family’s state was to focus on school and go to college. Despite struggling throughout high school with my own battle with depression and anxiety, I managed to keep myself and my grades up. I now know that the responsibility I have toward my family is making sure I get an education. My experiences with my family taught me responsibility and made me grow. I know that with this the support of my family, friends, and university, I will be able to further my education and experience more growth for the betterment of my family and community.

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  4. There are many experiences and values that shape who I am. One value that has shaped me is my education. I take my education very seriously because I am a first-generation college student with older siblings who have not completed their education. Education is the number one priority in my life because I understand the importance of it and what my life would be like without it. I have had this knowledge of how important my education is my whole life, since neither of my parents went to college. My goal is to break the mold of my family, which is either not attend or not graduate from college. I believe that I will be the one who will graduate from college and earn a degree. My family has been very supportive of me doing the best that I can because they understand how important education is. Another value that has shaped me is who I decide to be around. I like to be around people who take their education seriously so that they push me to do better. Also, by being around people who also take their education seriously, it makes it easier to ask them for help when I need it, because I know that they will do their best to explain when trying to help me. I have been very lucky to find a group of friends that take their education seriously because they have shown me what habits to get into to earn a better grade. I believe that who I am around shapes who I am.

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    • I do agree with what you said about who you hang out with shapes who you are. For example, I had a friend in high school who I hung out with a lot and when hanging out with me he began to do better in school. He would goof around a lot but when I did my work he started to do his too and I ended up helping him do better and complete his school work. He thanked me later on and told me that I helped him throughout the last few years of high school.

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    • That is exactly the right mind set to have. Only surround yourself with people who will help to foster your thirst for knowledge and not hinder it. I have done the same thing, it works wonders. Good influences good, and bad will influence bad. If you are surrounded by a good, positive collective of people then you will become a good and positive person yourself. However, you do have to want to become this way. You can’t just simply surround yourself with these type of people expecting something good to happen. You have to be actively involved in the change.

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  5. I believe education is not only a privilege but an opportunity for people. Through my school life so far I have noticed people have underappreciated their teachers and friends who value their education. Without my teachers and peers I would have never have figured out what kind of person I wanted to be or even plan out my future. People in other countries do not have this privilege to go to school or continue their education after a certain age. Education is a way we can shape our lives the way we want to. My junior year in high school I had no idea what I wanted to do in my future. I only took core classes in my school to graduate up until this year, then I decided to expand my horizons. I started taking more classes that were not required and not just academics. Some of these classes were about 3D modeling and turns out I enjoyed it a lot and how it can also change the world for the better such as machines that can clean up the ocean and possible eliminate pollution. I also took business classes and now want to be a business major. My teachers helped me decide what I want my future to be and they were always there to help in school and even after that last bell rung for the day. Now I have these interests I never knew I had before, thanks to this education that was given to me. Some people do not have this privilege to find out what they want to be. I believe education is a way people can find out who they want to be and that is a right everyone in this world should have.

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  6. From my youngest years all they way until today education has been my greatest accomplishment and something I never stopped believing in. In the third grade I got my first B and I was completely inconsolable. Little did I know, that B lit a fire in my belly and pushed me to my extremes academically. In fourth grade I got accepted into the talented and gifted program and was moved to be with peers who were also extremely academically successful. It changed my life in ways you couldn’t imagine. I was finally being challenged and my brain was being used to it’s full potential. I had an array of problems going on at home with my parents getting divorced and being shipped back and forth between the two, but school was my support system. Every time I got a high mark or could help tutor a student it made me feel whole. School remained to be my greatest strength with me never missing an honor roll all the way through graduation. However, after I graduated I had felt as though I missed out on the other wonderful parts of life other than education and decided to take a year off. This previous year was the longest and possibly the hardest year of my life. This last year of my life has taught me to believe in education even when I don’t believe in myself. Education paved the way for me to be who I am today, to be confident, intelligent and kind. Education is not something you only see in school you see it everyday, it is the older kid showing his younger brother how to play a game, or a mother showing her child how to walk. Education is something no one should ever take for granted because education has saved my life, it has gave me something to look forward to and work hard for.

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  7. From a very young age, I was told I was going to attend college no matter the circumstances. My mom made education known and important in my family. She had earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology/ social services from UMass Dartmouth and master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University. When my brother and I were young, we were raised that people can take anything away from us, but no one can take away our education. My mom taught us the more degrees we have, the more doors will open implying more opportunities will be available to us. For a long time, I questioned why my mom, along with others, viewed education so important. It took time and experience to understand where they were coming from. We, as Americans, view education as a basic right while others in different countries and consider it as a luxury. In today’s society, earning an education is almost like a requirement to become successful. In my personal opinion, education is more than knowing the pythagorean theorem or knowing the difference between a plant and an animal cell. Education is opening our mind and being more aware of the world and our communities. While school is the most common place for people to think that is where we earn our education, we become educated individuals through experience. We learn through successes and mistakes. While going through trial and tribulation, we are able to progress and grow as an individual and learn more about ourselves through these high and low times. Education doesn’t just stop when school is out of session or post graduation, as human beings we are continuously learning.

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  8. In today’s academic world, the Internet has almost wiped out the academic integrity of the student. Many see it as an easy way to look up and copy down an answer to something they don’t want to do or are having trouble with. In reality, they’re just hurting themselves in the long run. I have always believed that one needs to put in the time, learn the material and come up with their own thoughts and answers about a topic. Students need to try the problem at hand and even if they don’t succeed in finding the right answer, they’ve learned how not to do it. Being able to study and receiving help with material that you have trouble with, helps you to build a strong foundation on which you can further your understanding of the subject, regardless of what it may be. A student with a solid foundation and understanding always does better than the one who takes the short, easy path. Personally, I adhered to the notion that with enough hard work, trial and error I can accomplish whatever it is I set out to do. My grandfather always used to tell me that, “anything is possible with good, honest, hard work”. It was from him that I first learned how valuable working hard can be. Since my early years as a student, I have always tried to keep hold of this simple principle, and so far I have done very well for myself. I believe that having academic integrity is important and I am very much of the opinion that it should be practiced a lot more than it currently is in today’s ever changing academic world.

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  9. Growing up in Brava, Cape Verde was not a simple life for my mother. Although it is a beautiful island, Brava does not have the best resources, including education. My mother Luisa Pinto was born in Angola, a country in Africa. At the age of three she moved to Brava where her parents were born and raised. My grandparents and their children lived in poverty at the time and school was not free. To receive a primary education in Cape Verde it required a payment of duzentos e cinquenta escudos which was equivalent to about two dollars and fifty cents in the USA. Two dollars and fifty cents may not seem much but that money was worth a lot to a family who had almost nothing. My mother went to school at least twice a week taking turns with her younger sister so they could each have the chance to experience school. For the remainder of the week she spent her time caring for her youngest siblings and cooking for the family. She arrived in America at the age of twenty-five with one child. Because of the circumstances she lived under, it was difficult for her to receive schooling.
    As of today, my mother has the capacity of a third grade student. Today her one wish is to have some type of knowledge of the world around her. I could never understand how someone with such a huge desire to learn never even come close to receiving quality education. Her past is one of the main reasons why I believe in the value of education so much. So often I hear that having a degree can expand your life choices tremendously. I face that fact every day when I witness an uneducated mother struggle to provide for her children. I value what my mother and ancestors did not have, the privilege to learn.
    It is through education that we grow, that we go past our personal limits and fears. It is through education that so many doors full of new opportunities are open. It is through education that the daughter of an uneducated woman can become something great.

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  10. this kinda fits into a couple categories but ill just put it here for now.
    Why is it that “education is key” but the government keeps raising tuition fees every year and still expect us to go to college to make the economy thrive. Why is it that my parents say I have to do good in school in order to get a good job when the job I work hard to get doesn’t even feel like the job I’m pleased with. Yes, I understand that you have to make an honest living but honestly… are you living? A job and career are two different things and I will not make a 9-5 or a 5-9 my only way of survival but my way to thrive, and I defiantly won’t become a slave to my own pay check. Nor will I be me one of these kids who relies on Facebook, Instagram, twitter or any social media for there “ big come up” Why do we rate everyone on how many likes or shares or retweets they get! They say we have freedom but why is it that I can’t speak my mind, Why is it that I get judged by what I’m wearing, or the music I listen to? Why does society pick on obese people but yet the models are the ones with fake boobs, butts, extensions but everyone bows down to them. How they say America is becoming obese but the only reason why that is, is because a salad usually cost 3.99 rather than Mc.Donald’s with a dollar menu. Are you sure this Is called freedom? How Am I suppose to be myself in a world were society is trying to make me like everyone else.

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  11. We all now and again make mistakes and it’s something that happens to everyone, and I believe that mistakes and failures are not all bad. They allow us to learn from what happened and allow you to move on knowing how to prevent it from happening again at some point in the future. I always have believed that failures and mistakes allow people to learn because I’m betting everyone failed at something at some point in their life big or small and was able to take something away from it. An example of this can be thought of as simply as a lock with a code on it. Most people forget the code the first time around but after making a few mistakes it eventually opens and after opening it more and more you make less and less mistakes then it is something you can get right without thinking too much about it which is just one way of learning from your mistakes, but it can be something harder than a code to remember. I work at a company called UC Synergetics and I’m a drafter that draws up jobs on a computer that require telephone poles to be removed, place, replaced, relocated, or transferring what is attached to them to another pole. When drawing them up I constantly must think about what is required and what I’m not supposed to do or forget to do and there is a lot to try and remember. When my quality control person gives me a job back with revisions it also allows me to learn about what I need to avoid doing or what I need to remember to do. With the large number of these jobs we need to complete them in a certain amount of time depending on how many poles we are working on so having everything I learned from my revisions and what I learned from training it makes the jobs easier and easier to do in shorter amounts of time with less revisions coming back to me. That is why I believe anyone can all learn from every mistake and failure in our lives because they are there to tell you that you messed up so that next time you will be prepare and won’t make the same mistake again.

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  12. Throughout my years in school, I have noticed one issue get more and more problematic. The issue at hand is procrastination. I believe that most students are procrastinators. Us teenagers usually find better ways to spend our time than doing homework and projects. Unfortunately, we usually spend so much more time on those other activities, that we leave our school work or other important tasks unfinished. Most of the time I wait until the very last minute to do the tasks that involve a timeline. For example, this essay. This essay should have been a relatively simple task to complete as soon as I heard about it. It can be about anything I want and it only has to be two hundred and fifty words. Nevertheless, I am a procrastinator and am sitting writing this essay two days before the due date. What causes people to put off doing their tasks that need to be completed? I assume that due to the fact that there is a deadline, people think they have time to wait. Regrettably, people wait too long and usually end up scrambling the night before to complete their work. This only creates problems. Some problems are lack of sleep, stress, and a poor quality piece of work. I do realize that there are certain people that do better under stress and create some of their best work right before the deadline. Unfortunately, not all people can strive in that situation. No matter the assignment, certain students will always procrastinate.

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  13. Life, is no walk in the park. There are ups and downs, lefts and rights, twists and turns, and sometimes just straight dead-ends. There are times, where you will encounter a bump in the road. But whatever you do, do not let that bump bring you down. Dust yourself off, get up and show life who’s boss. Now do not get me wrong, I know some things are easier said than done. However, I also know that things can be easier to go through when you have someone by your side to help you through it. With that being said,I may not be there with you physically but in a sense I am spiritually while you read this and think to yourself ,“oh boy I can relate, life can be tough”. So, with that in mind hopefully letting you into my past and sharing a demon I have overcame, will help you be more brave and strong so that you too can overcome your demons. Without further ado, let’s dive into the main demon that still lingers in my life today.
    Demons can take the form of many things, whether it be people, things, events, or characteristics you are born with or without. Unfortunately, my main demon takes the form of characteristics I was born with. I know you are probably itching to figure it out, so allow me to let the cat out of the bag and spell it out for you. D-i-s-a-b-i-l-i-t-i-e-s, funny how a twelve letter word can control so much of my life and almost define me. Keyword “almost”, because I refuse to let my ADHD and Muscular Dystrophy define me as a person. But anyways moving on, allow me to tell you about the time my disabilities demon challenged me. Traveling back to the awkward days of junior high, I know cringey right? More specifically, this takes place towards the end of eighth grade. Just like most kids my age at this time, I was excited and ready to take my education to the next level as well as, pursue my future as far as a career. I had a dream and no this is not me repeating Mr. Martin Luther King’s speech, this is me saying I had my heart set on becoming a cosmetologist and the only thing that stood in my way at the time, was getting into a technical school. Unfortunately, I was set up for failure and strongly believe that because of my ADHD and IEP(individual education plan) I was not accepted into the school since grades were not an issue. Fortunately I do not give up and I was strong so instead of completely throwing my dreams away out of disappointment, I converted it into a hobby and turned that disappointment into motivation for finding out my new dream and I did just that. Traveling back to now and where I stand,I have decided that all things happen for a reason because looking back at it, cosmetology would not have been a good career choice because of my Muscular Dystrophy, since it typically consists of being on your feet all day. But at the end of the day, I thank my disabilities because if I did not have limitations I probably would of never found my new career path, which is Psychology and helping people. Keeping all that in mind, yes my demon may have had a good cause but they are still my demon because they will continue to affect me in the future. Only this time, I will be prepared to slay them and move on with my life because I believe that our demons do not define us as a person. Hopefully getting exposed to my demons helped to make you stronger and more aware,so that you too can have aid in slaying your own personal demons.

    In conclusion, life can be tough sometimes. But, you have to get up and prove to yourself that you can conquer your challenges and take charge of your life. Since you only get one and it is short as it is, live every moment like it is your last and never take it for granted. Also remember, that our demons do not have to define us and sometimes things happen for a reason and for better or for worse we have to accept that. So all I can do, is wish you good luck on your way to slaying your own demons and taking charge of your life.

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  14. My senior year of high school shaped me into someone who believes education is one of the most important things young people have. The word “education” means more than just getting up at 6 am, sitting in classrooms all day, eating an unappetizing lunch, and rushing to catch the bus home on time. For me, education means supporting my teachers who are being denied a fair contract by our school board. Education means putting disagreements and arguments behind me so I can work with other artists to share ideas in our classroom. My senior year put me in a different mindset than most of my peers. While I was just as excited to get out of high school as the next senior, the thought of this chapter of my education coming to an end scared me. Having art teachers who push me to be my best and put 100% into my work, having an incredible support system of counselors, and finding other students who care about education as much as I do is what made me believe education is truly important. I hope more students in the public school system can appreciate their education and their educators long before their senior year of high school so they can take full advantage of everything there is to offer before they leave.

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  15. Throughout the courses of my life, one of the phases that I heard the most is that “Education is important”, that school matters. As a kid, I often thought of school as a “jail” since it forces you to wake up early every weekdays, sitting in a place for eight hours as well as taking your time away from fun after you got home to complete homework.I think a lot of us have seen our classmates perhaps friends who hate going to school; who did not like the idea of studying or who needed to attend summer school for recovering the credit that they have lost throughout the year. And yes, I was the type of that I had described. However, I changed my attitude toward education (other than studying) as I grow older where the importance of education starts to come clear to me. Education gives us a knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. People debate over the subject of whether education is the only thing that gives knowledge. Some say education is the process of gaining information about the surrounding world while knowledge is something very different. They are right. But then again, information cannot be converted into knowledge without education. Education makes us capable of interpreting things, among other things. It is not just about lessons in textbooks. It is about the lessons of life.

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  16. In my early years of high school I did not care for my academics, which led to bad grades and lots of stress later on. When I graduated, my education and knowledge was one of greatest values. This is because I had time to explore subjects on my own time, and I found things that interested me. I wanted to start doing better in school, so I did. This came to me later on though, and the damage had already been done to my GPA. I felt bad about myself when others talked about their grades and the difficult courses that they were taking, which was something that pushed me to do better. Because of my low grades, I was worried I wouldn’t get into college, which was something that became important to me later on. I studied topics outside of school because I wanted to do well, and to learn more. My passion for these subjects also grew because of my teachers. Some of them pushed me to do better, and even told me that I belonged in more difficult classes. I eventually realized that I could do well and that I was smarter than I thought I was. I started seeing that I could get into some of the higher-level courses, and I pushed for some of them in my senior year. I hope that in college I can continue furthering myself as well as my knowledge and interest in more complicated topics.

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  17. I believe that education reduces poverty in a number of ways. One way is by creating employment opportunities for educated people. Through employment, one is able to afford a decent living. Education helps to increase economic security, create income opportunities and improve livelihoods of the economical disadvantaged by providing sustainable environmental management mechanisms. Education further alleviates poverty through skills acquired in the learning process. Skills such as carpentry, plumbing and masonry are relevant in non-formal economies. One can acquire these skills through technical and vocational training. Hard work always pays off, and putting the time in effort into educating yourself can take you a long way.

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  18. Education goes much farther than just grades and degrees, for some people it is their way into society and a better life. For many years now I have worked with an organization down in Guatemala called Mayan Families that helps to feed and educate and shelter some of the indigenous Mayan people. They begin educating them at a young age while their brains are still very flexible. They have built preschools so that these children have a safe environment where they can learn and also be taken care of. One of the most important subjects being taught to these kids is Spanish. Many of the children’s parents do not speak Spanish, but rather their native tongue. Most of the Parents have not had a proper education, just what has been past down for generations. However this forms a gap between modern society and them. If they cannot communicate with the rest of society they cannot thrive and what ends up happening is that they become secluded and become stuck in their own little towns not even able to have the chance to have better opportunities. Filling this communication barrier allows these families to go out and make a living to provide for their families. As the children learn the parents slowly begin to learn as well as they work with the school and organization.
    My role in helping this organization is to sponsor my two sponsor students until I can’t. I help to provide the financial part it takes for them to get and continue their education, but thats not the point. I believe that these kids deserve as much of an advanced education as I do. It is part of our rights and I want them to know that. I hope that helping them get an education allows them to have the greater opportunities that I do and that they can take these opportunities to help their families. The students parents have said that they are grateful that their children have this chance to get the education that they never had the opportunity to get. I believe that no one should be denied an education.

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  19. I believe that education up to now, before my first year of college, has not been as much about learning as it should be. In high school there were classes that everyone needed to pass before they could graduate. Before a student could receive their diploma at my high school, he/she needed to pass four years of English, 3 science classes (usually Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), math classes up to Pre-Calculus, four semesters of physical education, and some electives. Towards the end of my time in high school, I realized that I have forgotten a lot of what I’ve learned in class (especially my Physics, Chemistry, and Biology classes), and I’m not really learning anything new in other classes (My English and Latin classes, for example).
    I believe that this is a result of the education system caring more about statistics than how well we know the things that are being taught or how much the things being taught will benefit us in the future. It seems like the grade you got in a Physics class is valued more than your knowledge on the subject after you take the physics class. This is the main reason why students will cheat to get an A on a Physics test, rather than studying. As long as the students get good grades, they, along with the education system, are happy because it looks good on paper.
    I believe that education should be more about gaining knowledge that will stick with us than about getting the highest grade possible because then, students would be in a better position to succeed.

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  20. Education has always been important to me. Having parents who completed high school and college, it was instilled in me that education can equal success. This idea stuck with me through my educational journey, causing me to strive to get the best grades I possibly could and to get the most that I could out of a course. Even though I tried my hardest, I still believe that the education system could use some major changes. The biggest change I believe needs to occur is with computer science classes. Currently, most schools offer a couple computer science classes and possibly one Advanced Placement class. The problem though is that these computer science classes are usually focused on older programming languages such as Java or Visual Basic. During my high school career, I took both of those classes before taking AP Computer Science A which is just another Java course but more advanced. Luckily my school offered online courses through Virtual High School (VHS), which I utilized and took a half year course in Video Game Design and the other half in Web Development. These classes were a great breath of fresh air as I got a taste of other programming languages. As of result of my experiences through high school, the change that I believe needs to be implemented is offering a larger variety of classes such as Python Development, Web Development, and Video Game Design. We live in a world where most careers require or benefit from a knowledge of programming. By offering different programming languages, schools can appeal to a greater variety of students allowing them to succeed in their future careers.

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  21. I believe that the modern educational system has well and truly gone awry. Schools are supposed to focus on providing students with the skills for a successful academic and professional career, right? So then why do students become obsessed with grades and testing? These two statistics can be useful indicators of learning, but when grades and tests become the core of education, learning itself is tossed out the window. This does not come from a place of spite – I am someone who unironically enjoys testing, and graduated high school with ten AP tests under my belt. My ire towards the system originates from my love of learning, which has been somewhat lost in recent generations – people only learn what they need to learn. For a part-time job, I tutor math to students through a local business. There, I have tutored straight A students who are a grade level or behind in their math. These people are professional students, not learners. They have learned to do their homework, and keep their grade high despite their inability to actually do a majority of the work set before them. This simply boggles my mind – instead of just teaching the subject, schools and teachers devolve into teaching students how to keep their grades up and how to test well. This is a bit overgeneralized, though – I obviously can’t speak for all schools and all students. But this upcoming semester – remember that you are here to learn, not to get a perfect GPA.

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  22. I believe in effort. An effort is important to me because I believe that as long as someone tries, and they are determined they can overcome almost anything, and they are capable of doing amazing things. As a mathematics major, I often hear people tell me that math is really hard and that they just “…can’t with math.” I know that for many people math can be difficult because it isn’t always easy for me either, however, I do know that as long as you continue to try and make a strong effort you are almost always able to Perivale. There are many cases where trying to achieve goals on your own seem almost impossible and you need the assistance of others, this is not to be confused with giving up, if you are using all of your accessible resources to meet your goal or overcome a boundary that has been placed in front of you, you are still trying and still doing everything you can to succeed. In addition to being a mathematics major I am also an education minor which means I understand that we cannot always be successful in all of our endeavor’s, however, success does not determine the value of perseverance and determination, learning does. I believe in the effort because I believe that if someone is willing to set aside the time and energy to genuinely work towards their goal they are able to achieve it, and even if they are not completely successful they lose nothing because they are able to gain knowledge which is a triumph in its self. I have learned this through my own personal experiences in this last year, I hope this post is able to help someone else.

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  23. “Working hard or Hardly Working?” Well what if I am working hard and the task is difficult for me? Everyone learns differently and approaches a task in their own way. While I spent a night studying hard and only getting an eighty-five on the exam, others slept through the same class and got perfect scores. I spent a lot of nights in highschool burning myself out and then blaming myself for not doing better. It didn’t seem fair to me. I was in honors courses which made me feel proud of my work but unhappy at the same time. Unhappy because other students in the accelerated learning where doing much better with half the effort. Was I just not as intelligent? Or was I just not meant to be here? These negative thoughts plagued my mind as I got further to the end of the school year. There wasn’t a life changing event to help me come to terms with being “Average” in class. After getting into college I had to sit down and realize that my best is just fine. I’m working hard to better myself and that’s what matters.

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    • I believe the journey to improve yourself is a hard one, but it’s a path everyone has to walk. Your essay brings up a theme that has been very common throughout my life. Comparing yourself to others usually causes you to see yourself in a more negative light, and that is a problem I’ve had for as long as I can remember. Recently I have been trying to accept that my best is good enough and be proud of all the hard work that I have done and will do. While it is difficult some days it’s uplifting to know I’m not in this alone and other people are working as hard as I am to better themselves and those around them. I’m hopeful that college will be a great tool for me to further my education as well as my progress on improving myself and I hope it can do the same for you!

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  24. I believe that imagination can be stronger than knowledge. After all, how can we rise to lofty heights, other than by the power of our imagination? It is the foundation of every invention and innovation on this earth since the dawn of man — it’s because of imagination that we turned a rock into a spear, a spear into a bow and a bow into a gun, the square wheel into a circle, etc. We are all inherently born with one, it does not have to be taught to us whereas knowledge is learned through schooling and personal experience. Our imagination allows us to go beyond all preconceived limits. Numerous things have come to be due to the imagination: a cutting-edge invention, a riveting book, a touching song. A perfect example of my belief can be found in the arts. Both art and music are apparent in every culture, regardless of whether or not they were involved in any formal schooling. This is because the arts do not require any knowledge. All one must do is delve deep into their imagination and they will come up with something brilliant. The expansive and limitless depth of each individual’s mind is what allows our world to be so bright, diverse, and enticing. Each culture has its own myths and beliefs, all of which would simply not exist if it wasn’t for our ability to wonder and imagine what exactly permits us to exist. Imagination is the basis of all faith, all art, all music, all novels, and all inventions. As Robert Fulghum said, “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more dominant than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I consider that love is stronger than death.”

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  25. When I attended middle school, I was just going through the motions. I would put forth enough effort needed to obtain a decent grade, but I would rarely go above and beyond to achieve excellent or perfect grades. Although I was always told that education was important, I sometimes found my self-cramming as much information as possible into my head prior to an exam, just to forget most of it a few weeks later instead of actually learning the subject. I was always told that attending college was crucial, but because of my mind set at the time, I viewed going to college more as a requirement than an opportunity to further my education for my future. However, my mind set changed after seeing both of my brothers not only graduate from college, but also being able to get involved in the career they sought after while making significant amount of income. The opportunity presented to my brothers upon graduating highlighted to me the importance of obtaining a college education and putting forth my best effort. This also displayed to me how much potential a higher grade of education could grant an individual when it’s time to find an opportunity to get hired in the career they have been studying for. Obtaining a good education is not only vital for one’s ability to be involved the career they desire, but it is also the solid foundation required by a functioning member of society for the ever-evolving world we live in.

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  26. Michael Bisbano
    UMASS Dartmouth
    College of Engineering
    8/15/18
    This I Believe;
    If there is one thing I have learned so far in life, it would be this; lessons learned through experience mean the most. A textbook can only teach you so much, whether you read it halfheartedly or passionately. A comprehensive lecture still leaves something to be desired when it comes time to put your newly ‘learned’ material to the test. I know the classroom is only good for so much, this is made apparent by the copious amounts of homework provided by educators compensating for their piecemeal lessons. However, by applying your knowledge to problem solve, you can create a stronger understanding of the materials you use.
    I have always been a maker, a problem solver, and an inventor. As a child, my father would complain about household supplies disappearing, little did he know I was stealing his duct tape, staples, and PVC pipe to make something new. But if I hadn’t tried to make my own arrows for archery when I was a kid, I wouldn’t be able to tell you now that the diameter of the wooden shaft is important, but the flexibility and conditioning of the wood is even more important. Had I not cracked open a broken iPhone I wouldn’t have learned how simple it was to replace the broken parts, and I never would have made money in high school fixing broken screens and replacing dead batteries. This I Believe; Doing is learning. If you take anything from this, try to spend a little less time ‘learning’ and a lot more time doing.

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  27. I believe that education is one of the best things a person can have and that public schooling systems are the greatest things implemented in society today. At a young, I was put into a public school like most children around my age. From there I was taught how to read and write, add and subtract, tell time, and react in case of a fire. As I got into higher grade levels I was exposed to new things like history and science teaching me about the world and the world’s past. As I made it into high school where it taught me how to work in groups, absorb information more effectively, be more responsible and independent of my own education, and prepare myself for the world ahead of me. Now that I am off starting this next part of my educational career, looking back shows me how much I care and appreciate the public education system and everything its taught me. Knowing that some people in this world don’t have access to something like this. How fortunate I am to be able to pick up a book and be able to read it, (as long as its in English) count the money in my pocket to see how much I have to buy a bag of chips, read a contract so I know surely what I am signing off too, write an email to an employer, or look at a thunderstorm and understand that it is a cumulonimbus cloud and how it was created.

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  28. I believe that education and life experiences are major keys to strengthening the human mind. When going to school everyday your body and mind adapt to a set schedule. This creates an important mind set that sends signals to brain for your body to be awake and work at those times. School is crucial for heightening your intelligence and judgement. You learn how to work with others, hands on and mentally. Along your academic journey, your brain stores all of the knowledge you have acquired throughout secondary school, high school and college. The future job industry frowns upon individuals without a degree or a low ranking degree. You cannot be a medical professional without a Physician’s Degrees. All high paying or ranking jobs come from people with high degrees or top from a ranking institution. The world revolves around money and a gross income. Degree requiring jobs also offer incentives and benefits for your hard work, you can have full health coverage for family and yourself. With a job, you can lead a stress free life, which includes never having to worry about not having enough money, being able to afford bills and support your family on your own salary. A wise Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Your perception of the world, your goals and dreams will all change over the course of your life because of the things you have heard and been taught on the course of your academic journey.

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