Education need not mean school or college course books all the time. The very term ‘education’ has a broad horizon that encompasses anything and everything that value adds into our knowledge base. It could be by way of an experience, a story told or even a story read. There are several books, which teach us more than we can imagine. These books are truly labelled as the source of enlightenment. They are entertaining and yet, are classified as books related to education!
No, these are not those self-help books, but books on diverse subjects touching upon wisdom. These books related to education are a must read for all, who read for the joy of reading and for the joy of gaining wisdom.
The uses of the university by Clark Kerr
Much before we delve into gaining knowledge, there are a few unanswered questions, which haunt every student. Will this subject be of any use in future? Will I be using this concept anymore? These questions point at our educational system. For this, it is important that a student should first understand the dynamics of the educational system to know where it is headed. The book ‘The uses of the university’ deals with the education system. It has keys to its origin, its role in the cultural context, the role of a university as a organism and much more.
A new culture of learning by Douglas Thomas and John Brown
The writers approach the subject of education with a cultural twist. They talk about the relationship between education and technology, their progress, the education paradigms, the shifts towards betterment of the system as whole, critical issues of digital learning and experiments with educational system to impart creativity for acquiring knowledge.
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
His book is a celebration of human learning and creativity. He shuns the routine educational system that traps a student’s mind into a box and doesn’t encourage thinking out of the box. His talks speak how such monotonous boring routine hamper a student’s creative abilities and talents and make him develop a narrow approach towards subjects and life in totality. He talks of harnessing creativity through proper casse studies and personal stories, which he believes will restore talent.
The Roving Mind by Isaac Asimov
The author, Isaac Asimov talks in this book, about curiosity, the fuel or desire to know and learn more and creativity as the factors bringing in change in the educational system. The book is a collection of some 62 persuasive essays that talk about creationism, philosophy of science, censorship and future predictions of technological developments for the betterment of society. This book can be said to be celebrating the freedom of thought, which the author believed would be the cause of progress in future. The book is persuasive as it does relate to our current scenario in education system.
Books related to education, celebrating freedom of thought, inquisitiveness and creativity are galore, but the above mentioned four books talk about what indeed makes learning worthwhile. The basic key factors, without which any learning is a waste, are dealt in detail in these books. Maybe next time you think of bringing a change in the education, you can grab hold of any of these books related to education.