By OLAWUYI JAMALDEEN OLAMIDE
There has been this myth about education, particularly the formal education. It is popularly believed that if you go to school to learn you must be successful in life. This is probably due to the belief that a person who goes to school to acquire the formal education is a serious minded person as opposed to a person who may only have the informal education. People who go into informal learning are viewed as not too serious. However, this is not the case today.
Formal education refers to education normally delivered by teachers in a systematic intentional way within a school. Informal education on the other hand refers to education that can occur outside of a structured curriculum. Informal education encompasses student interests within a curriculum in a regular classroom, but is not limited to that setting. It works through conversation, and the exploration and enlargement of experience.
Contrary to the general belief about formal education, what guarantees success is your approach to life. This refers to how an individual takes their life. It doesn’t matter if you go to school or not. If you do the right thing in the right way then you are good to go.
The advantage of formal education in a person’s life cannot be overemphasized, but what should be noted is that you not going to school or not acquiring the formal education does not mean you will not be successful. Cases of students who graduated with a first class in a particular discipline but cannot do what a person who did not acquire the formal education in the same field can do. At times, this is due to the fact that such students who had the formal education in that particular field just know the theory but don’t have the practical and street knowledge. What is needed and required outside the four walls of the classroom/school is the practical education.
Aside the issue of having only the theoretical knowledge and neglecting the practical knowledge, most students are dependent on the so called white-collar job. They are of the opinion that they are assured of securing white-collar job after graduation forgetting that securing a job is not an easy task. For example, in developing countries, the number of graduates that are produced yearly are greater than the number of jobs available. So when they are not able to get a job, they end up becoming jobless as they don’t have any entrepreneurial skill. This makes them inferior to those who didn’t ‘waste’ their time on formal education in quote.
This is not to down play the beneficial impact which can be obtained from formal education. Most companies are headed by graduates. However, even non graduates can and are succeeding in all that they do.