Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include teaching, training, storytelling, discussion, and directed research. Education brings about an inherent and permanent change in a person’s thinking and capacity to do things. The right kind of education is not concerned with any specific ideology but about what one whats to achieve and how one can reach that target defines the right way of imparting education. Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. This is one of the sole reasons why education is a must and should prevail within society.
Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, skills, or objects. By most accounts, knowledge can be acquired in many different ways and from many different sources, including but not limited to perception, reason, memory, testimony, scientific inquiry, education, and practice.
One of the most frustrating things in education is the tendency to have conversations about ideas and issues when we don’t share the same definitions. We also make false assumptions about what others believe. We spend a lot of time talking past each other. Add to that a tendency to create false dichotomies and instead of working toward understanding and meaning solutions, we follow the ugly trend of today’s political world and polarize people. Education and knowledge are two sides of a coin however knowledge cannot be measured, education can be in the form of degrees.
Education is a process that builds on with time while knowledge is acquired by self-effort. But both replenish or augment with each other. Without some sort of basic education such as reading, writing, and computing, you cannot enhance your knowledge. And enhancing personal knowledge is a long term process that needs to be brushed every once in a while. Education takes a long time in today’s context right from pre-primary level to Masters’s level, the process righteously takes a minimum of 20 years depending on the subject you take in higher education including internship or job experiences. But knowledge building begins from the tender age which includes independently reading books, attending seminars, participating in Quiz competitions, and such other activities. Knowledge being implicit and explicit you have to deal with them in prescribed ways but knowledge of the self depends on your inner potentialities only, able to concentrate, contemplate, dispassionately, all at the same time in order to be guided by your own wisdom. Knowledge is more than learning; it is about mental growth, self-development, self-awareness, and personality enhancement all blend in together. A knowledgable person tends to think in all aspects, physically, mentally, and spiritually. When we talk about spirituality, yoga is the best medicine. Yoga being an integration of Self with Cosmic self, it is more a spiritual exercise than material struggling with or without enthusiasm. Each one is different from the other and ordinary living may not be that difficult provided you have good intentions and a goal in life but spiritual living is great living full of different types of struggles internally and externally as you find in autobiographies of great spiritualists. Life gets fulfilled when you have knowledge of self through the experience of it internally as the Buddha had it under the Bodhi tree.
We all live in a dynamic environment that keeps changing from time to time. There is no end to knowledge acquiring as it a great reservoir in today’s context and expanding the frontiers of known knowledge day-by-day in the context of the science and technological developments taking place in every aspect of life and earlier concepts are being replaced with new concepts and new definitions. This has added new meaning to the purpose of life as well. Uncertainty is one such field that keeps man pondering and adjusting to nature’s ways. For every problem, there is a solution, only that we have to find out with our inherent potential. Nobody can educate you in this regard, you have to educate yourself. In other words, everything depends on the way you perceive things and the way you want to look at the world.
Education and knowledge are not the same things. To stay relevant to your job these days, it is important to keep learning to increase knowledge instead of just banking on your degree. This is one of the biggest reasons as to why many MBA colleges look for students with work experience. Always try to keep your eyes and ears open, and you will go a long way in your career; is indeed the best career advice one can ever hear. It is such a piece of simple advice and yet so impactful. This is a way of ‘active learning’ in the professional context, where one is constantly learning by active participation and imparting experience; and this in turn helps acquire ‘knowledge’ as we live our daily life.
Knowledge is about how we apply our learnings and education in our real-life. Education teaches us about the skills that we may be required to do a job right or business transformation or the concept of design thinking or balance-sheets that in represented in a theoretical manner. While these theories in life need to be applied in the right situation in order to make the best use of what we have learned and build our knowledge base accordingly. A student invests in education that might help to acquire certain facts, figures, qualifications, degrees, and even specialization in certain subjects. But as a professional in a working environment, you are expected to deliver results using the learnings from your education and how you implement those learnings, your real-life experience, your problem-solving abilities to deliver outcomes and results is the key to success. So simply getting a degree won’t make a difference practical knowledge blended in with education will take one ahead in life. So, in short, education is a structured learning process but knowledge is a process of understanding and implementing the information acquired from education.