Education - The facts?

Tony Blair has banged on about education for many making a huge statement with these damning words 'education, education, education'. It is rather easily said and possibly understood by some but doesn't this differ from individual to individual and from society to society?

There are many issues involved defining the term education. In general, is understood to be planning to school, then university and thereafter obtaining a job. Obviously, passing of exams reflects how clever a person is. However, do exams reflect how intelligent an individual is and have we being a society attached a label into it? It must be noted that many people are 'academically' bright. By this, I mean they're enthused by learning theory at schools and look at hard for exams then pass getting pretty high grades. Alternatively, it should be delivered to attention that academically intelligent people may lack intelligence in other fields. Maybe you have thought of that? For example, someone who gets high grades for exams might not have the social skills needed for the 'real world'. So doesn't this suggest that their studies were pointless? Will we need to study very difficult and acquire a's and b's to get the title 'intelligent'? After all, as we take a look at historical figures, did they go to college? Did inventors start like this. These are the basic questions we must ask ourselves.


Personally, as a student at postgraduate level, I have met many individuals from around the globe. Using this experience I have learned that the way in which intelligence is measured within this modern society is a thing to be concerned about. From physicians to cleaning staff, We have met a variety. From this, I will conclude that the way intelligence is measured in society is worrying. People who have degrees are working in areas without any relevance with their subject area and individuals are continually working for reasons besides their academic qualifications. Therefore, are academic institutions preparing us for the big bad world? A response we are able to get from taking a look at what's happening around us. I personally feel that 'intelligence' is measured in the wrong way. In the end, academic qualifications are purely depending on gaining a title which sticks with wherever we go but our minds are continuously picking up information, ideas, you name it..from people we meet and have interaction with. In addition, countries and then there is not any formal institution to instruct does not imply the people in that society are uneducated but perhaps more educated because they must gain skills with no kind of guidance from 'so-called' professional bodies which, after all, aren't always one of the most brightest.