How close is school to education? Does school truly provide us with the necessary tools and knowledge to be able to call ourselves educated or does it make us just potentially knowledgeable? Once we have finished school, how prepared are we to face any problem and difficulty that life will bring our way? These types of questions are constantly asked around the globe, as people constantly realize how many different things are useful in life and how few are covered in each country’s educational system.
Then, such questions arise once again when people become parents who want their children to have all the tools they need to develop their skills and to succeed in life, so that they (i.e. the parents) can worry less about them. Well, as for me, apart from a university graduate and a mother, I am also Greek, so you know that if I try to answer any of the important questions in life, I am going to consult my ancestors who liked to put everything to the test and reach to conclusions in a very, among other things, unapologetic way. I mean, “say it like you mean it” would be an understatement for them!
When it comes to education, the renowned ancient Greek philosopher Socrates kind of dismisses the concept of knowledge to state that it is all a matter of behavior. So, which people are educated, in essence, per Socrates? “Those who control unpleasant situations, instead of being controlled by them;
Those who treat all events with bravery and good old common sense;
Those who are honest in all their dealings;
Those who face unpleasant situations and are calm even when mistreated by people who dislike them;
Those who can control their pleasures;
Those who were not defeated by their misfortunes and failures; and
Those who do not become arrogant and corrupt by their success and glory.”