Values of education in modern era

Y Tsulimthong
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, SJC Jakhama (A)

The word education originated from the Latin word ‘Educare’ which means to educate, to train, to draw out knowledge. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “By education I mean all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man-body, mind and spirit. By spiritual training I mean education of the heart.’ The Value Education could be looked into as making an individual ready to face challenges and other forms of behaviour of the positive values in the society in which he lives. Education plays a vital role for the development of oneself and the society in general. By education I mean not only the academic record but also moral values, behaviours, discipline and exchanged behaviour from one another. It is rightly said that an education without behaviour is like a poison to the society. Therefore, we must learn to maintain a parallel relation between one’s education and personality.

When we look into the olden days and today’s modern era, we see a vast paradigm shift in many aspects. Because in olden days women were treated as inferior human beings. They were deprived of many opportunities –quality education, job-avenues, decision making etc. But at this present scenario we see women holding high post in various fields. This is because with the advancing generations we become more aware of the values of education. The term “women empowerment”, is one such factor that empowers women to lead an independent life and to come out of laws and rules that disrespect the women and to be self-reliant, positive outlook and ready to face challenges and incites. Basic rights like education, nutrition and health are luxuries for millions of girls across the globe even today. We also see women supporting their families financially and maintaining a stable life in the society. There’s a saying, “Never Respect Opinion which disrespect the Women, there is no limit to what We, As Women Can Do”. “Embrace women with love, respect and dignity.”

It is rightly said that, “Beautiful mind is far better than fair complexion”. In India, people are obsessed with fair complexion that they rejected the girl for marriage just because of her dark complexion. It is evident from the matrimonial advertisement that needs to be carefully recapitulated where everyone wants a fair complexioned bride. This is the reason why many celebrities end up their marriage with divorce. For job-aids, everyone demand for fair skin people rather than their actual skills. It is high time we need to understand that we are all supposed to be different. So instead of giving preference to a fair complexion, one should also look at the inner beauty which would provide perceptual experience, satisfaction and fair works. Our real progress will occur when we get rid of such racist mindset within the general mass of the society. Fair complexion is for a short period but a beautiful mind and positive character is eternal.

Value education is one of the most effective ways to make people better and more productive. It is an instrument to replace negativity by a positivity of various aspects of our lives and become self-sustenance. It can remove naivety and ignorance from the people, leaving them aware, informed and enlightened. Education is the only way to make the world a better place to live.