So, what is education? What does it mean to “get an education?” Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines education as “the theory and practice of learning.” Learning about ourselves. Learning about each other. Learning about the world. Learning about the past. We usually associate words like “school,” “education,” and “learning” with words like “lectures,” “notes” and “tests.” Contrary to popular belief, there is more to “learning” than “taking notes.” As we research the unknown and write papers and solve problems, we are expanding our knowledge to become mature, aware, thoughtful, and multi-faceted people of the world.
But learning doesn’t end after high school or college or even graduate school. Learning is a constant process—something that won’t stop until we breathe our last breath on Earth. We might stop the influx of information about biology or Latin or calculus when we graduate from high school or college. But we will never stop learning.
So, because getting an education means so much more than completing our homework and taking notes, it’s important that every child has access to an education. Scratch that. It’s essential that every child has access to an education—no matter who they are, where they’re from, or what their past is. Every child deserves a proper education. Why? Because education is the launching point into a life of learning. And learning is one of those things that makes life worthwhile.