Essay by acuragirl13University, Bachelor'sA+, September 2004

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Education Expanded

On graduation day, most graduates are thinking only one thing: At last! Long years of sitting, pen in hand, listening to droning lecturers, painstakingly taking notes, cramming knowledge into my tender head, and enduring tortuous tests has come to an end. My education is over! It is possible that the education never started. Webster defines "education" as the process of educating or teaching (now that's really useful, isn't it?) Educate is further defined as "to develop the knowledge, skill, or character of..." Thus, from these definitions, we might assume that the purpose of education is to develop the knowledge, skill, or character of students. Unfortunately, in school systems this definition is distorted and should be reevaluated.

It is questionable whether much of what goes on in our country's so-called "educational" institutions really constitutes education at all. Education, we have been taught is the uncontested acceptance of knowledge. As students we are masters of memorization and regurgitation.

We are passive peons, humble before our omniscient educators who are charged with the arduous task of filling up the empty, vacuous receptacles of our minds with important trivia.

Many people would say that education is going to school, taking tests and getting a diploma. They feel that it is vital to have a piece of paper that states "I am educated." Once one graduates from a four year college they are then considered educated. Schools are not interested in fully educating pupils; they are interested in education as a business and an agenda. Certain facts must be crammed into the requirements and test grades must be given. Once these requirements are fulfilled a student has a grade but is not necessarily educated. It is a lifelong journey of personal discovery that does not end with the acceptance of a diploma. And...