Personally, I agree that a good education is an essential part to success. But irregardless of how book smart you are, you need ambition and to know what is within your heart in order to make your life meaningful.
I’ve met people from different characters and backgrounds who may well possess the intellect that NASA may be looking for but who can’t even do infinitesimal stuff, daily stuff that is.
As such, I’m not trying to make any preconceived notion here but I must salute those boys from SCDF who more often than not, have been *labelled* by the society as being the lowest in terms of organisational attitudes as compared to their other Ministries counterparts.
Yes, so the Air Force and the Armed Forces do not take in those failures and they mostly accept those cream of the crop but these SCDF guys are street-smart. Trust me on this.
Being well educated is something to be proud of; it gives us self-respect, and this in turn helps us to continue to improve ourselves personally and to grow professionally.
While not a guarantee of success, education IS a precondition to survival in our society. Especially in a fast-paced environment like Singapore, you either make or break with the wave of globalisation.
Nelson Mandela, the well-known statesmen, once said, “Education is the great engine to personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that the child of a farm worker can become the president of a great nation.”
Not sure how much of that is true in Singapore context though. I mean, you may not necessarily be rich to go onto a boarding school, etc but sometimes, you have that ceiling that you might never break, despite how high up you go to.
A great education starts with a great teacher. It’s as simple as that. Study after study shows that no single factor at school has a larger impact on the quality of a child’s education than the quality of his or her teacher.
A school year spent in a classroom without a quality teacher at the blackboard can mean a child doesn’t learn to read or doesn’t learn basic math while other students his age are mastering those skills.
So in the spirit of Teacher’s Day, I would like to thank my kindergarten/primary/secondary teachers and poly lecturers who have impart their knowledge to me, to be who I am now and making me able to reflect and cogitate positively in live.
Come to think of it, I guess they all probably have played some part in making me joining their footsteps now. 🙂
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. We must remember that intelligence is not enough.
Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education to success. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.