All philosophers and saints have explained that the main purpose of education is to improve character. It is possible by acquiring knowledge & learning how to discipline the body, the mind and the spirit. Ruskin says,"education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not but should behave''.
The aim of education is to develop a balanced personality of man so that he may remain cool and undisturbed while facing the ups and downs of life. Education, whether formal or informal, should help him lead a peaceful and fruitful life. Thus he may contribute to the welfare of the society in some fields. All that makes him civilized, cultured and a man of character.
If an educated person fails to live up to his high ideal, the purpose of education is defeated in his case. But, in India, illiteracy is the worst of all evils. Let's try to spread literacy before we may think of ideals of India to help in the spread of literacy.
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