What does education mean for you?

I have read a poem in a magazine that our children read. It is written by Stefan Tudor, and it is named “Dialog between two pigs”. Here is what is written in it:

-Buddy, let’s go out and root somewhere,

Potatoes and artichokes that you see there!

-No, no chance, with wire in my snout,

I am educated and I can’t get out!

The moral of this poem is that some behave “educated”, because they don’t have any choise and then, their education looks like the wire in a pig’s snout. Maybe someone doesn’t know why it is put a wire in a pig’s snout. Well, it is put exactly for this, that it might not root. When a pig has wire in its snout, it can not root, that certain wire causes a deep pain to it.

Mark Twain said:

I have never let school affect my education.

What did the famous writer want to say? Maybe that knowledge and education are two different things. Some think that you are as educated as much knowledge you have got and that’s why, parents set more store by children’s marks than on forming up their character, that is the true education. I had a discussion with a group of girls from a college, and they told me about one of their clasmate, who is very arrogant, whose mother is a teacher in the same school. The girl doesn’t study and behaves arrogantly with her classmates and with her teachers, but her mother does the utmost that her girl may have the highest grades. Maybe her mother thinks that education is measured by the grades her daughter has got? Her classmates have a totally very different opinion and all people will have the same opinion.

I think that education refers to common sense the mostly. That’s why when we speak about an educated man, we say that “he has got his seven years from home”, and it means that he has common sense. This is the education that God sends to us as we study the Bible. At the beginning of the book of Proverbs, the wise king Solomon wrote:

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, To understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles. (Proverbs of Solomon 1:1–6)(NASB)

Some people set so much store by their education, that they begin to deny God’s existence. The Bible writes the following about such kind of education:

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen (Epistle od Paul to Romans 1:22–25)(NASB)

What does education mean for you? What makes or keeps you an educated man/woman? How educated are people around you and why is it so?

Translated by Djugostran Felicia