Define education and be detailed.  Why is education important to you and society?

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Here on eNotes, we cannot actually write essays for you.  Therefore, I will try to give you hints about how to write your essay and ideas about things you might say.

The first part of the essay is about the definition of education.  The main issue that you should probably be addressing in this paragraph is whether education consists of imparting and learning facts or whether it consists of inculcating ways of thinking and the ability to think more generally. Looking at this link, you can see many quotes by famous people on the subject of education.  For the most part, these people seem to believe that education consists of teaching ways of thinking.  For example, Albert Einstein says that

education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school

while Malcolm Forbes says that

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.

In both cases, these men are implying that education is not about learning a certain set of facts.  Instead, they seem to be saying that education is more about ways of thinking.  Forbes is saying that education is about opening your mind and learning to think in different ways.  Einstein is saying that education does not consist of facts learned in school but of the ability to think and to reason.  In your essay, you should talk about whether you accept this idea. Do you think that education is about teaching people to think, or is it about giving people specific sets of information?

Next, you are supposed to discuss education’s importance to you. This answer can be different for different people.  You might want to think about two possible ways in which education can affect you. First, you might want to think about the tangible ways in which education can help individuals. Many people think about education as the path to getting a good job with good pay.  Is this why education is important to you?  Alternatively, some people think that education allows them to have a better quality of life in intangible ways.  They might say, for example, that life is more interesting when you are educated.  Education gives you the ability and the inclination to think about the world around you. It allows you to have an active intellectual life rather than just an existence that is filled with the mindless routine of work and watching television.  In which of these ways (or in what combination of these ways) is education important to you?

Finally, you need to discuss the ways in which education is important to society. This issue mirrors the issue of education’s importance to the individual.  Some people might talk about the tangible ways in which education helps society.  For example, you might discuss the ways in which education makes society more affluent. People with more education are likely to get better jobs.  They are less likely to need government assistance or to commit crimes.  In these ways, education helps society tangibly by making society richer.  On the other hand, you might want to emphasize the intangible benefits of education. Education can make the people in a society more open-minded.  It can allow the to live together more harmoniously.  It can allow them to be better citizens in a democratic society. Which of these will you emphasize in your essay?

With this, you should be able to write an essay on your own.  Think about the issues I have raised here and write an essay based on your take on these questions.

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