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Mind is a not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Discuss.

“Education” may be an ordinary word to most people, but very few actually understand the deep meaning beneath it. In this dynamic world, we need to be equipped with the necessary skills and hard work to survive. Understanding the education system is integral to allow students to understand the purpose of studying, the purpose of going to school everyday. Is education in Singapore really “holistic”? Are there flaws? 

What is education? By definition, it would be something along the line of “ transferring knowledge”. I beg to differ. In my opinion, education consists of more than just knowledge. From Kindergarden to University, students are put through the daily routine of waking up early in the morning, going to a place where teachers teach “the same old stuff”. By that, I am referring to knowledge. Knowledge is power, you might say. Indeed, being knowledgeable helps you stand out among the rest during the tests and examinations. But is that all about education ?Acing the tests and getting a degree? I’m afraid no.

Years after years, Singapore universities and institutions are well-known on the global front for being able to produce students with top grades. These results just keep getting better and better. Foreigners come to Singapore for education. Most people might therefore think education in Singapore is perfect. I also acknowledge that these are true, but only to a certain extent. 

On the other spectrum ( which is usually not shown), there are students who are not performing as well as their peers, students who are doing well but facing a lot of unnecessary stress. This is prevalent as well. The obsessive reliance of tuition to produce grades, online forums to discuss ways to “headstart my child in education”. I find no meaning in these. This is passive learning. Similarly, there are exceptional cases which bring out the ugly truth about educaion.........

Such questions need to be attempted on your own to test your creative writing skills. However, these points might help you elaborate:

- The mind is a complex thing, it has a living identity of its own
- We must not consider it only a receptacle to receive information
- It must learn to think, analyse and then act.
- Its imagination knows no bounds, it can create, invent and innovate.
- With the right inspirative and conducive environment, the mind can achieve hitherto unknown success.
- Education must aim at lighting a fire that helps a person to think 'out of the box' and work constructively towards progress and prosperity.