Education is a lifelong task.
Do you agree or disagree?
Created by Jeenn Lee Hsieh
It is generally agreed that education is a matter of learning process from cradle to grave. People had better learn all the time until kicking the bucket, the tombstones being their diplomas. In a modern sense, people must learn to live as well as live to learn.
Because people need knowledge to live more worthwhile lives, learning more could mean living better. Formal schooling has the purpose of kindling desires to learn so that the youth would go on the learning process as long as they live. Although obtaining knowledge remains the major fruit of education, actually the want to learn does not end at graduation ceremonies. In view of this, not only students but also teachers are supposed to learn continuously, considering that those dare to teach must not refrain from educating themselves. As they have to do teaching for a living, it follows that they can teach best what they most require to learn. And this is just one example that can also be applied to nearly all walks of life therein learning is critical.
Living to learn makes a more positive sense of life. The more people learn, the better for them to realize how much they do not know during a lifetime. For that matter, education in many forms should always be updated because learning is like "rowing upstream--not to advance is to be back,'' as the Chinese saying goes. People are necessarily encouraged to learn everyday to the last days, never being too old to learn. Once learning is otherwise neglected in life as a journey, the traveler "walks lame" to the end of life. This concept means that learning as education must be aggressive day by day in order that one can be wiser today than yesterday.
Finally, while the world is becoming increasingly complex and competitive, it can well be said that learning to live and living to learn are one and the same attitude toward life. Life, after all, is a succession of lessons which are meant to be lived to be understood. Being inevitably associated with intellectual growth, education really begins at birth and only ends at death.
>Education is sometimes considered as something for the youth. Some people, however, consider it as a lifelong task. What is your opinion? Give reasons and support your ideas with specific supports.