A Wise Man

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

-Nelson Mandela

Reading Response Three

A wise man once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” this man was Nelson Mandela. Education is the process in which one gains knowledge and when that knowledge is gathered it becomes a powerful weapon. You could also think of this quote in a way in which knowledge is power and power is knowledge. Education is such a powerful tool. Once people are educated it opens up their eyes to a new world, which in turn changes their world and the world of the people who surround them.

This quote is made possible in education through means of the progress that can be made by students when they are receiving an education. For the students that utilize their education and are granted, or make, their own opportunities they are able to change the world. Even if that change is small. For example, a student may want to change the world by decreasing water pollution so the student may use the knowledge (education) they have gathered to lessen the about of plastic that pollutes our water supplies so the student may stop using/drinking from plastic water bottles to prevent them from ending up in our water supply and change the world. This example may be something small, however, one small step can be a step to something even bigger. Conversely, this quote is made impossible in education because it is impossible for one person to know everything.

As a future teacher, I think it is important to recognize that education is not only crucial, but essential. In an educational context, this quote can imply that teachers empower students with knowledge everyday and that their students then go off into the world and changes the world as we know it. For example, if we think about every great leader in history all of them had a teacher of some kind that taught them something, thus giving them the education that they used to change the world. For a student it can often be hard to believe that you can change the world. But, if you put your mind to it, anyone can make a difference.

This quote relates to my own understandings of curriculum because a curriculum attempts to provide a guide to teachers to help prepare their students for the life they have ahead of them. It is important to recognize that though curriculum attempts to give students similar educational experiences, their school experiences are usually quite different. One example I can think of is demographics and economics. Depending on where students live and their financial resources students are given different educational opportunities that students may use to “change the world” may be limited.

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One thought on “A Wise Man

  1. A wonderful quotation choice if I may say so! I agree with you about education being similar for all individuals with outcomes that are generally different. I believe it is up to not only the student to utilize education in a way that benefits them, but also the teacher who must instruct their found knowledge from curriculum and personal experience in a positive and powerful way that will lead to success in society.

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