Education, Not Literacy

I write a lot between the dates when my exams are scheduled. That’s because I don’t rush after the marks, but the values that the plot provides to me as a reader. Also, the values highlighted in the plots of various novels and stories through their characters are to be much focused upon by the students to provide a critical analysis of the plot. The background of the author or the poet, too, is equally important to understand their psyche and the background of the written text in the most accurate meanings. Therefore, they inculcate, directly or indirectly, some important values within us— the readers, to lead a dignified and happy life and enlighten to us the process and history of development.


Not condemning the famous quote of Thomas Elva Edison, “Tomorrow is my exam but I don’t care because a single sheet of paper can’t decide my future“, literacy’s importance is limited to the job prospects in the academic fields, but, on the contrary, if one educates oneself in the passion they wish to pursue in their lives, the quality of the work they would produce would be of a level par excellence since education would help them in improving their Creativity Quotient (CQ).

Therefore, we can conclude that the detailed knowledge of all the aspects of life hold little or no relevance in everyone’s lives. But, little knowledge about all aspects of life and detailed knowledge of our passion makes a person a completely intelligent person and results in his or her holistic development. Therefore, everyone is intelligent in one aspect or the other and fit into one or more categories as listed by Howard Gardener in 1983— naturalistic, musical, logical-mathematical, existential, interpersonal, bodily- kinesthetic, linguistic, intrapersonal or spatial intelligence. Here, we can find support to the quote of the famous scientist, Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

The quote of a famous author, too, inculcates the value of education, “Life is the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others. Not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.” Though, the ‘education’ system nowadays is not practical in nature, otherwise the need to add a separate subject of life skills would not have arisen. 

Literacy makes us aware and education guides us to the right way of life. Literacy is limited to books whereas one can educate oneself by learning from each aspect, situation and individual in life. Literacy helps us score marks and to an extent, get selected in the first round of the interviews of desk jobs but education helps crack the tricky questions to get the job. Education empowers. Knowing your rights is not enough, exercising them is what is needed. To take inspiration from the lessons learnt in educational institutions to lead a better life through making changes in us and our lifestyle is education. Nelson Mandela said,”Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Implementing the lessons or morals we have learnt through the books in our daily lives is education. Education opens your mind and enhances your creativity while literacy places a degree in your hand which, in today’s competitive world, is almost worthless. Wherever literacy makes our ship sink, education makes it float and adds wings to the imagination to let it fly high. It creates an influx of ideas which lets us churn and nurture the best the best of our abilities. We are in the need of education, not literacy.

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