It is a general belief that we get educated in schools and colleges. But the question is, “Do we really get educated in schools and colleges?” Generally, there is a consensus that some do but most do not. We receive a lot of information in schools and colleges. We need to be educated. But we need to know the true meaning of education.
Intellectual education influences the mind and values based education influences the heart. In fact, education that does not train the heart so it is dangerous. If we want to build character in our offices, homes and society, we must meet a minimum level of moral and ethical literacy. Education that builds fundamental traits of character – such as honesty, compassion, courage, persistence and responsibility – is essential. We do not need more academic education; we need more values education.
A person who is morally educated will be a lot better equipped to move up in life or succeed than a morally bankrupt person with excellent academic qualifications. Character building and teaching values and ethics come in the formative years because a child is not born with this knowledge.
True education is training of both, the mind and the heart. An uneducated thief may steal from the freight car but an educated one may steal the entire railroad.
We need to compete for knowledge and wisdom, not for grades. Knowledge is piling up facts, wisdom is simplifying it. One could have good grades and a degree without learning much. The most important thing one can learn is to “learn to learn”. People confuse education with the ability to memorize facts. Education of the mind without morals creates a menace to society.