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Topic initiated on Monday, April 28, 2008  -  9:19 AM Reply with quote
Education as a national priority


Posted - Monday, April 28, 2008  -  9:24 AM Reply with quote
Just a question regarding the above brochure:

According to Ghamidi Sb's opinion education should be the top priority in our national budget. I understand that education is very important, I am also aware that it can bring significant change in society, but I dont understand how, practically speaking, education can be the top priority of national budget, when there are concerns like defense (we have a hostile neighbouring country and although we tend to overspend on it but still...) and poverty etc.?

Can somebody explain this?


Posted - Tuesday, April 29, 2008  -  9:13 AM Reply with quote
Why isnt the picture appearing?

Posted - Wednesday, April 30, 2008  -  6:12 AM Reply with quote
Brother, for some security reasons we've blocked the posting of Pictures & of some other matterials.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted - Tuesday, May 6, 2008  -  5:09 PM Reply with quote
Replying to the post by Brother Salman, I am pinpointing few aspects, and some of the benefits of a well-rounded education. I would request all, to read the last paragraph of it, as our society, does really need that.
• Resourcefulness. This quality will serve you long after you’ve left the walls of academia. With resourcefulness comes a sharpened set of problem-solving skills;
• knowledge is power – schools and universities are logically the first sources of knowledge and we take that knowledge later on to build our careers after graduation. More knowledge is acquired on-the-job, but without an education, that job would not be within easy reach. Knowledge begets knowledge.
• greater understanding of different cultures – while confined within the walls of educational institutions, we openly explore other cultures of the world. We come to know that ours is not the only culture. Other cultures have valuable insights to share, enriching our own. We also learn that different races have different ways of thinking and doing things, and we realize that anything foreign can be an enlightenment of our minds and spirit. Education also makes us want to travel and interact with various cultures. When we understand other people, our tolerance level is much higher for things alien to us;
• quality of life – when there’s a downturn in the economy, those who lose their jobs owing to a downsizing will most likely be the ones who find another job sooner, compared to someone who only finished grade school and has a limited skills set. The more education you have, the more chances you get for improving your lot in life. You have a better job, earn a higher a salary, and if you’re financially prudent, you get to acquire the material comforts (and more) that not everyone can have;
• a good education translates to excellent networking – when you’re skillful and knowledgeable, you get to “rub knees” with people of similar backgrounds and tastes. By building a network of contacts in your field or industry, you enlarge your spheres of influence and hence the circle of people that you can rely on in time of need;
• you can make your conversations sizzle! – when you possess oodles and oodles of knowledge, you become a more interesting person. You can talk about ideas and events instead of just about other people and what’s on sale in stores. An educated person does not gossip, having a preference to discuss ideas and to listen to what other people have to say. An educated person usually doesn’t make a habit of keeping ears and eyes to the latest Bollywood scandal because the lives of famous people aren’t really stimulating topics to begin with;
• healthier lifestyle – when you’re educated, experts say that those who have a university and post graduate education are least likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. We’re not sure if this has a scientific basis, but if the medical profession recommends that people keep their brains healthy and active, that means those who pursued higher learning have more opportunities to keep their brains and minds active.
Education is Important for Disillusionment
The foundation of this approach is that we don’t really know what is actually going on except in fragments.
This is true of everything in our lives; our world, our relationships, and our own minds.
We feel and sometimes think we know, but our minds have evolved exquisite methods of generating a myriad of unconscious assumptions that fool us into believing we have a true and correct knowledge of our world, our relationships, and our own minds when the truth is we don’t.
If we assume that our knowledge is mostly an illusion, then we have to have a practice of disillusionment to figure out what is really going on.
This is not the extreme position of positing that there is only illusion, but the moderate position that we are inherently prone to illusion and the wise course in emotionally charged or high stakes situations is to verify our shared understandings to ensure our actions serve the well being of all and align with our moral values.

Brother Salman, I hope this should fullfill.

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