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What is Education MUET

What is Education MUET

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What is Education?Natural learning environments inspire a burning desireto learn, the key to a productive lifestyle.Skills that Cannot be Measured
A love to learnCharacter  Natural talentCompetitivenessAbility to process knowledgeKnowing how to learnSelf-esteem, prideMotivation, desiresPersistenceVision, goalsAmbitionAttitudesLeadershipResponsibilityResearch and analytical skillsInstinctive abilityPerceptive insightIntegrityBounce back from failureWillingness to take risk CreativityFear control, courageCommunication skillsReasoningDecision-makingProblem solvingTime managementApplying technologyAcquire & evaluate informationAbility to get jobs doneWhat is education; knowledge in basic skills, academics,technical, discipline, citizenship or is it something else? Our formal education system says only academic basics areimportant and that is based on collecting knowledge withoutunderstanding its value. How about the processing of knowledge, using inspiration, visionary ambitions, creativity,risk, ability to bounce back from failure, motivation? Manyeducation institutions don’t consider these skills. These skillsare associated with understanding the value of knowledge.There is a huge disconnected gap and this is a problem for high school students in particular.Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and many other super achieversnever finished grade school. They succeeded because theyknew how to research, collect information for a selected project and process knowledge. Classroom environment doesnot work that way, it focuses on the collection of knowledgewithout a clear purpose, other than high class grades. If the purpose does not motivate, other than to please the teacher,then there is nothing to process outside of memorizinganswers for test. The typical student is academic challengedwhile being motivation starved. Lack of motivation is lack of knowledge processing skills. The typical college graduatewill have a professional skill that supplies life’s basic needs,that’s all.What is education? The answer is, all elements in the opening paragraph and more, relate to education and all should beconsidered. This would be ideal and sounds good, but "all" isnot possible where performance must be measured. Onlywhat can be measured will be selected and the measuring toolis the written test. Anyone who does not have the ability to put clear thoughts on paper is labeled a failure. All naturalskills, including knowledge processing, does not count. Thefact is, what is exercised grows stronger, what is ignoredstays dormant. The classroom exercises the collection of academics leaving all other natural skills in the closet.Test does not measure intelligence or ability, it does notmeasure how the mind processes information, howmotivating experiences develop persistence, or how the mindsorts out instincts, opinions, evaluations, possibilities,alternatives. Knowledge by itself has no value, it is like adictionary filled with words. Words by themselves have novalue, it is the process of stringing them together that givesthem value. How they are strung together determines thelevel of value. Now our education system is becoming asystem that memorizes the dictionary. When students havememorized selected knowledge, then they will be given aone-day test, based on dictionary knowledge, which willinfluence employment opportunity for the rest of their life. Natural skills are not considered. Is this how America became the worlds' economic leader? NO! Knowledge onlyhas value when used with a process and process in anartificial environment is not predictable or measurable.Achievers in life use inspiration and motivation to overcome barriers. Teaching to the test does not inspire or motivateanyone, memorizing does not inspire a love to learn, in fact,it does just the opposite, it turns off the desire to learn.Education’s goal should be to develop a love to learn thatstays with students throughout a lifetime. Education should be a lifetime experience, not limited to the youth years.Educators are switching to test because there is a crisis ineducation of their own making and society wants measurableresults. This pressure is passed on to political leaders who base political decisions on what is measurable, which isacademic test and test are based on acceptance of the statusquo. Every student must now accept the status quo and be an

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