What education really means?

True education is beyond earning degrees it is more than bookish knowledge. Education means inculcating moral values, positive thinking, attitude of helping, attitude of giving to society and ethical values these kind of students are only able to bring changes in society.

Perhaps most important of all, we ourselves need to support those processes and value the student bodies that they create. When the new school year begins in the fall, students will bring a wide range of talents, skills and needs to their studies. And that enriches us all.

What might have prevented this situation from happening in the first place? Money. Students are increasingly paying the state’s share of public university costs. For example, 30 years ago, state appropriations covered 47 percent of The University of Texas at Austin’s expenses, and tuition revenues covered 5 percent. Today, tuition (21 percent) and state revenues (23 percent) are approximately equal sources of university income.

Few countries offer truly free public higher education to all their secondary-educated population. Scandinavian countries do (although in some cases this has recently been restricted to domestic students only), as do Argentina, Germany and Cuba. But in many countries the reality is otherwise.

First, a country that offers free tuition is one that emphasises the public good created by higher education. It recognises that individuals educated to tertiary level bring benefits to an entire society. Such benefits include, but are not restricted to, economic growth, higher productivity, more active citizens and happier communities.

Might I suggest, if you’re a teacher doing a wonderful lesson, and only a few out of an entire classroom of students are engaged, maybe you’re still teaching in rows, and bit of real collaboration is needed. And I don’t mean sitting students in small groups around oak tag. That just waters down the problem to smaller classroom problem groups. Seek ways to create that fluid collaboration within a classroom that takes advantage of individual expertise. You’ll not only discover the wonderful in individuals, but also the most complete and wonderful collaborative success in larger groups. We haven’t begun to address true collaboration in learning, and it’s about time we do.

Whether educators are looking at collaboration as putting individuals into individual groups to work separately, or classrooms, as learning environments with flowing and ever-changing groups, we have not begun to touch the possibilities in talk, blog posts, or education professional development. Part of this is because collaboration isn’t simple, and it actually requires more thinking, preparation and time to do. Collaboration continues to get lost in marketing catch phrases like, “easy, faster, and even 1:1, and personalized.” The word collaboration is not the problem; it’s our lack of doing collaboration right that is the problem.

The good news is we’ve made some progress. The report tells us that 15% of out of school children are children with disabilities. This is actually quite promising in those countries where these surveys were conducted. But the reality is that children with disabilities experience insurmountable challenges staying in school and progress through education, with only 85% of children with disabilities in school. Those with a sensory, physical or intellectual disability are 2.5 times more likely to have never been in school as their peers without disabilities. 

The global education monitoring (GEM) report, All Means All, focuses on the most marginalised: children with disabilities, linguistic minorities and Indigenous people. It’s particularly apt at this time, because if we want to fast-track progress towards this goal, we’ll need to ensure that education systems really do support all children.

Simply put, education is the willingness and ability to learn for the sake of learning. The truly educated person learns constantly without supervision or external reward. To truly define what education is, we must first look at what it is not. People generally think of school when education is brought up.

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