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Impact of Schools on Society
“Education is the most Powerful Weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa).
Here I take a moment to compliment what (Late) Mr. Nelson Mandela said and humbly comment on his quote. Mr. Mandela commented Education as Powerful Weapon that can be defined as destructive and non-destructive. Good Education can either make a person or can destroy a person. Learning through education can be defined as powerful weapon to change the world in a better way like of many other scientists and intellectuals or in a worst manner to destroy the humanity through terrorism or nuclarism.
Here I take a humble liberty to comment on his thought by changing words with word like as of ‘Powerful Weapon’ to ‘Powerful Instrument’. An instrument is always a medium of thought to produce something good.
The word Education comes from the Greek word “Edukos”, which means ‘To Draw Forth From Within’ How very different from the schooling system which seeks rather to conform the child’s soul to the demands of a consumer-driven society leaving us stranded… endarkened.
“Education demands, then, only this: the utilization of the inner powers of the child for his own instruction.” As said by ~Maria Montessori
If the education is used in a right way it can lead to a better human life if not it will destroy the humanity. Education brings knowledge to one’s life. Knowledge is a powerful tool for people. It improves in their understandings of things and situations.
The word school is derived from Greek σχολÎ® (scholÄ“), originally meaning “leisure” and also “that in which leisure is employed”, but later “a group to whom lectures were given, school”.
If I turn back the pages of my life back to school days, I would recall school not just as a building or school premises but school as a medium of learning with leisure, a school of discipline with love and respect, and a school of fun-n-frolic, where competition matters but not to an extent that one forgets the human part of life.
Today the question arises in everyone’s mind. Does School make any impact on society or how the schools make an impact on the society? If so, what is or what are the impacts of schools on the society?
In a larger angle of deviation school is no more just an institution of learning rather a point of business where it stands on by removing ‘L’ from learning and making it as a point and a place of earning.
So, to speak schools have deviated the thought from learning to earning.
Unfortunately, an institution known to be the ‘Temple of Knowledge and wisdom’ has turned to be the stock market of life through institutional fees that a common man can’t even think of. It’s because, most of the institutions are owned by the businessman or the corporate not by the educators. They do not understand the value of saying ‘man of letters’ or ‘the man of principles’. They just understand the credits in account statements.
The Effect of Education as an Institution
Education is usually seen as affecting society by socializing individuals. Recently this view has been attacked with the argument that education is a system of allocation, conferring success on some and failure on others. The polemic has obscured some of the interesting implications of allocation theory for socialization theory and for research on the effects of education. But allocation theory too focuses on educational effects on individuals being processed. It turns out to be a special case of a more general macro sociological theory of the effects of education as a system of legitimation. Education restructures whole populations, creating and expanding elites and redefining the rights and obligations of members. The institutional effects of education as a legitimating system are explored. Comparative and experimental studies are suggested.
How does education affect society? The dominant view has it that the schools process individuals. They are organized networks of socializing experiences which prepare individuals to act in society. More direct macrosociological effects have been given little attention. Yet in modern societies education is a highly developed institution. It has network of rules creating public classifications of persons and knowledge. It defines which individuals belong to these categories and possess the appropriate knowledge. And it defines which persons have access to valued positions in society. Education is a central element in the public biography of individuals, greatly affecting their life chances. It is also a central element in the table of organization of society, constructing competencies and helping create professionals and professionals. Such an institutions, clearly has an impact on society over and above the immediate socializing experiences it offers the young.
Positive and Negative Effects of Education
Education is supposed to be an enlightening process that aims at magnifying our wisdom and store of knowledge. It was a word created to have only positive impacts. However, like every other realm of humanity, education too has its demerits.
Employment, career, etc are possible only if education is present in the equation. Right from the time we are born, it is stressed upon us that education is the key to success in life. We are admitted to a school (or started with homeschooling), regardless of our opinion about it. What demerits can this wonderful and apparently essential process have? We shall discuss further…
Positive effects of education
Negative Effects of Education
Top 10 Effects of school / Education Has on Society
As Franklin D. Roosevelt says, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” People need a good education if they want a good democracy.
Without a proper educational system available to everyone, terrorists could use free education as a way to radicalize people. In other words, geopolitical stability is one of education’s most powerful effects on society.
One of the most important effects education has on society is giving the people who live in a society the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace, and the skills they need to produce technological goods that can be sold on the open market. Socrates best expressed this idea when he stated: “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
Plato stated, “In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill… we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.” Education helps the members of society see through the manipulations used by politicians to get votes so that the members of the society can vote for the leader who is best able to run the society.
Helen Keller said that “The highest result of education is tolerance.” Educating members of society about other people who either live in the society or its neighboring states have the power to reduce many conflicts.
Malcolm X says that: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Education is a powerful tool that can be used to make the world a better place to live in.
Plato has stated that geopolitical stability cannot be created by forming a democratic government; if the government is established by force or because of overthrowing an old regime, the new government could transform from a government that encourages peace and democracy into a new government that uses force to maintain power. Having an education is important because good education allows members of a society to learn from past mistakes and prevent the same mistakes from happening in the future.
Education is a powerful tool that enables women and other minority groups to gain fundamental civil rights. It is important to treat women and other minorities with respect in the classroom. Abraham Lincoln stressed the importance that education has in helping people who live in a society to more fundamental civil rights when he said, “The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next.”
Teaching people to read has been shown to prevent people from engaging in crime. In fact, the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment is a charity group uses education to combat violence and crime.
Giving people hope that they can improve their lot in life is one of the more powerful effects education has on a society. John F. Kennedy best expressed the power of a good education when he said: “Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” JFK’s words about America apply to every society on Earth.
Education not only about acquiring knowledge, it is also about applying the knowledge for the betterment of society. Described as “future” of every society, it is the responsibility of each school student to bring about major changes in society as a whole through their efforts.
Leaving with the thought of thinking how we are different from the society or in the society or for the society, schooling and the good education matters because our implications are more important than the explications
To quote John F. Kennedy, “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”
Continuing with that thought I want to leave a point for you to think and act…
“Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, not just the set of instructions received for the territory business”