Shakuntala Devi said and I quote “education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It is about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life”.
According to Merriam- Webster, a school can be defined as an organization that provides instruction: such as an institution for the teaching of children, a college or a university.
A prison however, is an institution (such as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes.
Now this brings us to the question that says what has opening of a school door got to do with the closing of a prison?
Following the definition of a school from Merriam-Webster, it is very evident that students are not just meant to be taught about sciences or any other discipline as the case may be, but they are also taught to absorb some truths about life, not necessarily by the teachers or instructors but sometimes life just happens, because in school, you learn to learn.
There are so many ways in which the opening of a school door closes the door of a prison.
Taking a closer look at self-dependence, education helps you become financially independent and it also makes you wiser so you can make your own decisions.
Henry Ford said and I quote “if money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that one will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability”. Knowledge, experience and ability can be gotten from education and so it enables you to be self-dependent and of course closes a prison. Having seen that the prison is a place for criminals, one who has financial knowledge, knowledge on how to be self dependent, self reliant, self sufficient would do everything possible not to be in the prisons.
Furthermore, education majorly affects our understanding of the difference between right and wrong. One who is educated is well aware of the consequences of wrong/ illegal actions and he is less likely to get influenced and do something which is not legally or morally right.
Unlike the uneducated person who has inadequate resources owing to lack of opportunities often turn to illegal ways such as theft, robbery, drug trafficking etc. so as to solve their problems.
If you are educated, you are well aware of your rights, the law and your responsibilities towards the society. Hence, education is an important factor which contributes in social harmony and peace.
We live in a country where we enjoy a number of rights and freedom. It is easier to take advantage of innocent and illiterate people. They may be trapped into signing false documents or be deprived of some rights because they are uneducated and of course prison doors would be widely open for all those involved in signing false documents.
“Think not of what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country” is a popular quote by John. F.Kennedy.
In as much as we embrace the value of education, it is widely known that not everybody will be educated, but then one can do something lucrative so as to avoid staying behind bars as a result of not being educated literally. Fashion schools, catering schools, art institutions and the likes are not left out in empowerment. Education has always been and is the process of imparting knowledge, skill and judgement. That is to say, one who attends a school is not just supposed to be taught about his area of discipline but he should be taught a skill and of course the power to decide rightly, justly and wisely. Thus crime rate is being reduced and of course the prison doors would be shut.
Experience they say, is the best teacher. Throughout one’s college education, one will be in contact with a wide group of peers much larger than one faced in school. It is from these people that one is able to learn new points of view, learn to appreciate diversity and grow as a person. It also gives one a better and more developed understanding of the world.
It helps you to build and reinforce your reputation and social image, which have a strong base in your educational qualifications. A good education however allows you to positively contribute and become an active member in a society.
The greatest gift of life however is friendship. Throughout one’s education, there would be several opportunities to make friends along the way. In classes and lectures, there would be ample chance to meet new people, and circumstances often make one to work in pairs or a group so as to get a task done. It is in schools and colleges that one form friendships that last a lifetime, as you are brought together with people that have common interests and not people who would make the prison door pave way for you.
Conclusively, what you learn and the people you meet as you are studying gives you a much broader picture of the world. One will get to understand diversity, other cultures, religions and places and get a real sense of what the world is all about. This perspective is one of the key benefits of education, as it opens one’s eyes to the opportunity that is all around him, thus closing a prison door!