CHAPTER NO: 1
The definition of education in common usage, that education is merely the delivery of knowledge, skills and information from teachers to students, is inadequate to capture what is really important about being and becoming educated.
The proper definition of education is the process of becoming an educated person.
Being an educated person means you have access to optimal states of mind regardless of the situation you are in.
You are able to perceive accurately, think clearly and act effectively to achieve self-selected goals and aspirations.
Education is a process of cognitive cartography, mapping your experiences and finding a variety of reliable routes to optimal states when you find yourself in non-optimal states.
The idea that the definition of education is the delivery of knowledge, skills and information from teachers to students is misguided.
The common definition of education is simply wrong when you consider how education actually occurs.
A proper definition of education will have to cover these four important aspects of how we become educated:
1. The necessity of having and manipulating knowledge, skills and information
2. The helpfulness of teachers, without requiring them
3. The constant need to see through the inherent illusions that arise from our unconscious thought processes, and
4. Our ability to influence our states of mind
Based on these four criteria I define education as a process of cognitive cartography.
CHAPTER NO: 2
IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
"We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish." - F. A. Hayek
“Education is the third eye of a man”
Education is only the weapon by which one can fight and conquer the battle of life. The education has been a very essential part of the different civilization of the world in historical perspectives. In olden times, cave men had no ideas regarding communicating themselves with one another; the first step was taken in this regard was the formation of language, and it had become the very inceptive source of communication in the earliest history of mankind. They came to know that they had already been bestowed upon a tongue as a source of communication by the Allah Almighty, and now, it was their emphatic job to be civilized and moral etiquettes were required to be shaped.
Then, the early sages made a format of alphabets and thoroughly worked on philology. Thus, gradually grammar was made up, in which, different bifurcations were made; as, man could easily operate the language as a source of communication.
Since then, the world has witnessed the outflow of knowledge that has crossed the boundaries of the different regions and made a world like a global village in recent times, all it was done by the untiring efforts of mankind that has been imparting valuable contributions in different walks of life especially ‘EDUCATION’.
Government has established schools, colleges and universities throughout the country that have been imparting education in different respects and studies of life. The students from these departments are wandering due to lack of opportunities. Everywhere they are denied services because they bear a label of government academies. Now one can imagine that why the government system of education is being neglected throughout the country and why the establishment has allowed private sector with its tails up to introduce another standard of education.
Parents are scared about their children and they even do not allow their children to be admitted in public sector school, they prefer their child to get education in private sector as, it suits them more. This does not mean that public sector schools are not producing the cream of the future, most of our genius and sages who are imparting their valuable services, are out come of public sector schools. The only submitted reason by their parents is lack of management in public sector schools. The well management is offered at private schools.
The relation between teacher and student is sacred. Children are taught social and moral etiquettes with more comfort at private schools, the behaviour of teachers is quite frank and the student can come in direct contact to their teachers. On some scale, this is true that contact between learner and learned lacks in public sectors but the thing they are learning must be the same for both sectors, I mean the curricula. The Curriculum Board has been established but it has allowed private sector to run their own syllabus. Now, the degrees are same but the scope of knowledge got by the two is too different to be compared. Here, students face many complications by studying under different curricula. This has created a big rift between the two sectors.
Causes of Downfall:
There are enormous causes for the downfall of education in Pakistan which are discussed under different sub-headings.
“God helps those who help themselves”
CHAPTER NO: 3
IMPORTANCE OF COMPUTER IN EDUCATION
Computers have become an integral part of day to day life. Since the advent of personal and home computers, they have become an integral part of the education system. Having computers as a part of ones education can prove very helpful. Being good in studies and computers can secure better job prospects, in this age and time computer acknowledge is a must.
The computer networks these days have a powerful impact on the ways which individuals, private organizations can communicate with each other.
This age is known as the era of IT business, where every application is linked with computer technologies. The use of computers can make business transactions very accurate, thus keeping a proper record of profit and loss. Computers in our daily lives it make teach and learning easy computers plays an essential role in our daily lives
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By computer education, we mean, gaining the know-how of the basic concepts related to a computer and gaining the basic knowledge of computer operation. Knowing about the basic components of a computer, the basic concepts behind the use of computers and the know-how of some of the elementary computer applications constitutes computer education. Learning about the computer basics followed by a practical experience of using a computer is the key to computer education. As computers are widely used today, acquiring computer education is the need of the modern times.
Computers are not only storage devices and processing units, but also are excellent communication media. They are the means to access the Internet and get connected to the world. They are also an effective audio-visual media. Computers can be used to access a vast knowledge base and search for information archives over the Internet. Only computer education can facilitate the use of computers for purposes of communication and entertainment.
Computer knowledge coupled with certain other job skills increases one's chances of getting a job. Those with knowledge of computers are considered trainable for many kinds of jobs. As most of the jobs involve the use of computers, computer education is an eligibility criterion for almost all of the modern-day jobs. Higher education involving network administration, hardware maintenance or software skills open doors for brighter job opportunities.
Computer education helps one manage one's own business assets and personal finances. Computers serve as efficient means for management of information. Personal financial assets, medical records and important documents can be stored in an electronic format in a computer system. Today, banking transactions and payments of bills can be done over the Internet. Similarly, online shopping is becoming widely popular. To be in the race, it is very important to take computer education.
The word processing applications of a computer serve as an effective means of documentation. The database management software that are a part of computer systems serve as the means of managing large amounts of data. The networking capabilities of a computer facilitate connecting to the Internet to reach out to the world. Gaming applications and media players are some of the popular computer software, which are popularly used across the world.
Computers, which have such a wide variety of applications, are indeed ruling society. To keep up the pace in this fast life of today, computer education is extremely important. Computers are an integral part of life and so is computer education!
The computer technology is spreading all over the world! Just imagine the world in the 80s. Computers were not having any kind of influence on our lives. That time no one would have imagined that computer would one day a very important part of our life! Could we have ever imagined back in the 80s that computers would play such a huge role in our lives?
I mean to say that now no matter whether it is financing, chatting, emailing, or no matter what, we only use computers and nothing else. And that is why I always say that computer education is a must in this world that runs on computers! And if a person is not having ample knowledge on computers, then he will not be able to go far in life as far as his career options are concerned as nothing is there in this world that does not works on computer technology.
And it is due to this fact that computer education is becoming absolutely vital for every one who belongs to this modern-day society. No matter whether you are using computers at home or working with Internet at your home, doing free lance, computer knowledge is extremely critical.
Okay tell me, have you received any kind of computer education in high school? If not, then there is no need to worry. You can still join computer courses that are available for people of all age groups.
It is a must to at least have a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, hardware, software, viruses, creating presentations, graphs, and more. These are just some of the basics that are needed in every type of office or home related computer work. These rudimentary abilities are an absolute necessity in today's job place. And it is not just that you just learn the course and your job is done. You have to get involved in constant amount of practice to gain loads of perfection. And you don't have to worry if you don't have time time to learn computer courses. There are loads of computer courses that are available for you! At the same time, you should have a brief knowledge of the Internet world as well. That will add on to the advantage.
With the ever increasing population of computer technology, it is almost impossible to find an educational establishment that does not use it. Computers are becoming a more and more important within education as both a learning tool for students and for keeping records of all individuals at the school.
Computers allow students to access more information more easily and the introduction of the internet means that this information is available to hand 24/7. Whether this is a good prospect or not is something that is debated frequently. For every factual and accurate piece of information that can be found on the internet, there are ten false ones. This has lead to a demand for school based websites and computer software that students can use without the risk of being fed false information. Computers allow students to collect this data quickly and efficiently and learn skills such as finding relevant information and producing it in a way that can be read by others. As most students will have computer facilities at home, teachers can set them homework projects that wouldn't have been possible with just the facilities available in library books. The internet and computer software programmes can also be used by students to carry out tests for revision purposes.
Computers in educational establishments are not just important for the student's learning. The technology can also be used by teachers and administrators at the schools to keep a record of all of the students' details and progress. Computer databases make searching for an individual student's information quick and easy and it can be updated in an instant. Having all of these details on file and in depth means that, should there be any queries further down the line, it is easy to track any grades, disciplinary actions or absences all in one place.
Computers have brought up a revolutionary change in the past couple of decades. They are everywhere now and are being used by everyone. They are being used in every field as they provide the facility of storing large data safely which can be easily accessed and managed. They play vital role in our daily life owing to facilities it provide which are beyond our imagination .Their wide application has made the computer education a must.
As computers are being used widely these days, gaining computer education is the need of time. One should be equipped with the basic knowledge of computers, it's operations and applications. Both basic and practical knowledge completes the basic computer education.
Computers do not act as storage or processing devices only. They are the biggest sources of entertainment and communication as well. One can get connected to another in other part of world in no time with the help of computers. It helps in searching and retrieving vast information over internet also and only computer education can increase the applications of computer across the world.
Those coupled with computer knowledge, that may be networking, programming or any other, are always preferred over others and eventually gets the better job opportunities as in modern world no business operates without computers. So computer education is extremely important now as it is an eligibility criterion for getting recruited.
Getting acquainted with computer education makes business easy as various business transactions can be made fast and safe. Also all the business records and documents can be stored in computer thus reducing the need of paper documentation. One can shop being immobile as orders can be placed on internet which saves time and transportation cost.
Various database management soft wares are available in market which manages the large amount of data as per requirement. Computers are not used for business purposes solely, they are also used for gaming and for media purposes all over the globe, thus proving its worth as a one of the main source of entertainment.
Thus we need computer literate people in order to keep pace with time and society. This is the Information Age and computers and computer education are must to rise and to achieve the ladder of success.