Five Important, Meaningful Benefits of Education by Craig Middleton

Five Important, Meaningful Benefits of Education by Craig Middleton will help students you know understand why education is important. While lessons from subjects like math and social studies may not relate directly to a student’s world this article explains why they nonetheless have meaningful personal value. Thanks, Craig

Though the importance of a good education is not lost on most people, there are still many who view an education, especially beyond basic academics, as a waste of time and resources. Education may appear as a requisite experience for children and young adults in order to satisfy societal requirements, parental expectations, or capitalist ideals, but schooling is a crucial part of a well-functioning society that consists of healthy, happy, and stable individuals. 

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways that education benefits the people, families, and institutions of every community across the world.

1. Increased Opportunities

  • Do you want to better guarantee that you will land a high-paying job? Are you interested in developing skills and characteristics that will help you to succeed with your passions? Whether you hope to pursue a creative endeavor like photographer Ansel Adams or have your sights set on an ivy league education like Courtney Lanier Sarofim, a good education will equip you with the tools you need to make your dreams a reality.
  • Regardless of the path you take in life, it’s important to gain an education that will help you to accumulate the necessary skills and knowledge that will make you a standout candidate for any jobs, positions, and roles you seek in the future.

2. Sharper Cognitive Skills

  • While you may never use some of the math skills you develop in school when you reach adulthood, these practices help to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving parts of your brain that ease a variety of challenges and issues in your adult life. The stronger your critical thinking skills, the easier it is to make a sound, confident decision in the face of life’s problems.
  • Boosted cognitive skills also help you to be better at advocating for yourself and others in the future, as you’re more likely to take the time to better understand complex situations, provide proper data to support your choices, and make more informed judgments.

3. Better Global Awareness

  • In order to become a more compassionate, knowledgeable, and responsible citizen of the world, it’s vital to become aware of other cultures and historical events that have shaped the world to be what it is today.
  • This not only makes it easier to relate to others who may be different from you, but it also encourages a broadening of the values and goals you may have in your life as you explore new ways of viewing the world through the lens of other civilizations or communities.

4. Expanded Equality

  • Education functions as a uniting force for people from all walks of life. Everyone, regardless of age, sex, gender, religion, or orientation, deserves access to the same opportunities in the world.
  • A good education provides everyone with the necessary skills, tools, and knowledge to achieve their goals, but educated people are more likely to maintain an open mind and remain aware of societal issues that block or drive wedges between different social classes or groups of people. Educated individuals are often more likely to take measures in their own work or personal circles to ensure that everyone has an equal chance at a healthy, happy, and fulfilled life.

5. High Self-Esteem

  • School is challenging for everyone at one time or another. Overcoming challenges, even on basic levels, fuels your sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, which can help you to feel more confident and able to navigate difficult situations on your own in the future. Even in times of failure, the lessons learned in a schooling environment have real-world applications that teach people how to secure their own success and happiness on their own.
  • As well, educated people rely less on others to make decisions, form opinions, provide financial support, or speak for them. Education can empower each person to find their strengths and their voice, and use them to make the world around a better place to be.

Craig Middleton

  • Craig is a New York City-based retired business consultant, who is an expert in education and cultural trends. He has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Education from St. Johns and loves sharing his knowledge on the side through his writing. If you have any questions or comments you can direct them to Craig at
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