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Why is Education Important?

Why is education important? It seems strange to have to even ask this question, but there is no overstating how important education, particularly pre-college education – is to any advanced civilization. Reminding yourself of the benefits of education can be a useful tool to help focus efforts around your children’s (or your own) education — in addition to finding ways to improve the school or education system in your community.

1. Self-reliance

A good education not only teaches you facts but also critical thinking skills. This combination of knowledge and critical thinking allows a child to begin to assess situations, consider options, and make decisions.  This is one of the foundations of self-reliance and healthy adulthood.  

2. Financial Independence

Good education leads to better paying jobs. This is true whether your education ends at high school or higher education. There are many people who learned enough about self-reliance to start successful careers or businesses even without a four year degree. And the public cost of free higher education pales in comparison to the increased contribution that those graduates make to the economy.

3. Self Confidence

Confidence is also a predictor of success in life. Good education inspires curiosity, which in turn leads to discovery and knowledge. Having knowledge about the world creates the confidence necessary to speak your mind and hold your own in the world.

4. Equality

When equal access to educational opportunity is provided to children regardless of socio-economic background, those children have an equal opportunity to acquire knowledge and a sense of curiosity. Education can inspire children to see beyond the confines of their community and provide inspiration for growth and ambitions.

5. Human Progress

Without education, humanity stalls, and humanity faces enormous challenges over the next decades. The more well-educated that children are, the better the chance that they will make the discoveries that help improve the world for all of its inhabitants and also keep the wheel of economic progress
and innovation spinning.

6. Kindness and Cooperation

Regardless of where we stand on issues, all grown-ups agree that the world has become increasingly divided and aggressive to the detriment of finding solutions. By exposing children to different ideas and cultures through education, they will become more compassionate and cooperative, and better global citizens.

7. Empowerment

Children come to the educational system from all kinds of homes, and many from homes that do not teach them how to be empowered. Society itself does not reflect empowerment towards many students. The educational system can teach children how to stand up against bias against themselves and others, as well as giving them the confidence and support system to do so.

8. A Better World

It is every parent’s dream that their child succeed and excel, and leave their mark in the world. In the end, education is the physical manifestation of that dream. It contains the seed of our hope that our children are better humans than us, and it also contains the skills and training to make that seed bear fruit.

Every episode of Who Smarted? is designed to improve critical thinking skills, get kids excited about discovering more about the world around them, and make them love learning. Our series is based on cutting-edge research that shows how fun, humor, engagement, and making educational concepts relatable to the child not only make facts “stick” better, but actually prime the child’s mind to want to learn more in general.

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