“Knowledge is power”--- Francis Bacon
Education is all about knowledge. To educate is “to train or give information on a particular subject.” Knowledge in Mr. Bacon’s time may have been power but not anymore. Knowledge at today’s standards is information and power is what you do with the information. At today’s standards therefore, knowledge at best is POTENTIAL power while APPLIED knowledge is power. Specialized knowledge is what separates Doctors from Farmers, Lawyers and other Professionals all of which are experts in their chosen fields. It is the use of this knowledge that the world pays a premium for. Those who make it in life never stop acquiring specialized knowledge. They always strive to keep with the trends in their chosen fields. This is why they stand-out from the crowd. Dr. Ben Carson is reputed to be the man who performed near-miraculous child brain surgeries known to Medical Science. He could have forever remained “the little-black-kid from the back-streets of Detroit” if he so decided as many of his peers did. In his book “Gifted Hands”; he is described as “the remarkable man who gives dying children a second chance at life.” Dr. Carson’s specialized knowledge and expertise at pediatric neurosurgery at some stage made him a much sought-after Medical Personality at Johns Hopkins Hospital, USA and all over the world.
“The educated man is the man who has learned how to get everything he needs without violating the rights of his fellow men. Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.” However, it should be noted that it is not only what you know that counts. What counts most is what you do with what you know. What you do with what you know is what determines who you are. Those who never apply their knowledge for the benefit of themselves and the society remain mediocre all their lives. This is why the world is full of educated derelicts. Look around you, there may even be one in your neighborhood.
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