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As
the crowd cheers, parents cry, teachers praise and classmates embrace each
other, there will never be anything that can compare to walking across the
stage to get that diploma. That bittersweet end to see hard work pay off is
exactly what turns today’s moments into tomorrow’s memories. But just as how everything
is in slow motion, there comes the realization that the celebration is not only
about oneself and one’s achievements, it is also about the celebration on the
purpose of education and its influence that transcends through generations. As Lao
Tzu once said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to
fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We have to remember that the sole
purpose of education is to shape minds and not careers, to teach us how to learn
and not what to learn and to make us understand that education stands as a
lifetime investment and not a short term process.

Oscar
Wilde once mentioned that it is essential for us to remember that nothing worth
learning can be taught. It is incorrect to assume that every point that is
taught will reciprocate to each point learned. Children and adults learn new
things everyday even if it is not in a classroom setting. In fact, even before
we attended schools, we already learned the most fundamental things in life-
walking, eating and communicating. Education shouldn’t be geared towards to the
preparation for work but a development for life itself. Applications of limits
and square roots, debates on philosophies in life and examples on the elements
of fiction will never be used as skills suitable in the workforce. However, it
will bulk up our knowledge to give us confidence and provide ourselves with the
physical and mental standards to transform and promote our state of mind.

What
we lack is for teachers to teach us how to think and not what to think. If
anything, education is not only about logic and reasoning, it also requires
moral values and disciplines. Education should serve as the medium if not the
vehicle to explore and expand our thoughts as we express ideas and theories. Education
should not deprive the students from their ability to think and their
willingness to learn. Schools should not be the standard or their limit in
defining what is there to learn from learning how to learn. With this mindset
intact, our futures are set for endless possibilities.  

By
learning how to learn, humans of all ages will never stop growing. Education
must be viewed of as a ticket, a ticket for a new beginning and a ticket to
change the world. In life, our goal is not to go through it. It is to grow through
it. That being said, explains how education is an everlasting and an ever
evolving process meant to shape the journey that is life.

The
purpose of education and the value of it in our lives are irreplaceable.

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