Some people say that the aim of education is to produce a well-rounded
individual with a desirable character. Others believe that education enables you
to learn for yourself, while others view that education is the learning of
knowledge and skills to equip a person for employment in society. I hold the
view that education should incorporate all of those objectives.
are aware that their education prepares them for the working world. Learning
languages like English and Chinese Language means preparing myself to
communicate better in the working world, both in the spoken and written mediums.
A knowledge of technical subjects like Engineering Drawing and science subjects
like Physics, Chemistry and Biology is necessary in this world which is
increasingly shaped by technological forces. Our educators have wisely included
the study of Living Skills for boys like me. I believe this will come in useful
as cooking and housekeeping skills are important when I become an adult and
establish my new home. Our studies are becoming multi-disciplinary. A knowledge
of subjects like History and Geography is useful, not only in providing students
with general knowledge but also to understand the sensitivities of other
cultures and countries.
Our education system is stressful with examinations, tests, projects and
co-curricular activities. An average student needs to be disciplined to undergo
and complete these. In the case of my school, teachers have taught us to focus
on our goals and realise our objectives. The discipline I acquire and the values
I imbibe forgoing present pleasures for
future gains will help me in adult life when these character qualities will
stand me in good stead.
The new education system is a departure from the old one where there was an
undue emphasis on assessment of content in examinations. Students survived on
rote learning, regurgitation of facts and
learning model answers. The new system encourages critical thinking,
communication skills and teamwork.
Hence, students like us are trained to work in teams in projects, do
presentations and learn critical thinking skills. This will prepare us for the
working world of the future where change is irreversible and we have to
constantly learn and relearn.
However, for students like me, education is not confined to academic work. We
have co-curricular activities. I help, in the Computer Club and have learned
some skills in computers and projectors. These will help me in later life as I
intend to go into sales for my career. Then I will need to do presentations.
Besides Computer Club activities, I am also a member of the athletic team. When
employers view my school record in future, they will be impressed as they know
that sportsmen have qualities desired in workers. Sports has enabled me to have
a more well-rounded education.
Finally, when I think of my education, I think of the love and concern of my
teachers. Their hard work also encourage me. Some teachers are my role models
when I step into the adult world.
Hence, these are the aspects of education which I think will be useful for me
in adult life.