The following is my the full text for my 1st article ever in the Horizon newsletter at the Sultan Qaboos University.
Since I have been given approval for it being run in the this week's issue, I am going ahead to publishing it here so I can see what you all think of it.
Please leave any suggestions or constructive criticisms when you are done with reading it.
Education: Not Just A Certificate
Ever since the dawn of time, man's greatest tool to survive in the world we now live in – was – his knowledge. His knowledge to learn and adapt to the environment that surrounds him. The ability to learn to gain technology; whether it was the primitive, yet, important, invention of fire or finding new and better, faster ways to communicate across vast lands and continents and reach another human being.
While the logical method to gain more knowledge is through education; there are various definitions to it of which people differ in, but, nonetheless, agree in the one goal it takes you to.
So, then, how does one differentiate between education and basic common knowledge in this day and age?
Forget about books, journals, and your basic 'old style' educational material, since education knows no bounds then one must embrace the technological know-how that allows them to gain more knowledge such as the internet; or the experience that takes us to new levels of knowledge; or the day-to-day events that teaches us in many ways the true meaning of education through life's lessons.
We are all pupils of 'Life 101'; and no matter what level of knowledge we gain, there is just no end to the path we take. But, there is no excuse to give in easily to the obstacles that are brought up our way; nor is it an excuse to seek the easier way – if it means losing on the fundamental values of the lesson.
For however knowledge is gained through the educational process, it should be always holding a bigger meaning than a mere certificate to us. For it holds our very future within its grasp.