How did you know the Earth is round? Who told you why the sky looks blue? How did you know 2 + 2 is 4? How did you know you have 10 fingers, two eyes and a nose? It's through education that you learned about yourself and the world around you. That's the basic purpose of education - to make an individual aware.
Education is believed to be responsible for the cultivation of a civilized society. Imparting education to people enables the development of a responsible society.
Education brings about an overall progress of society. It gives an individual, better prospects of earning a living. It makes him self-sufficient. It produces individuals who are not just resources but assets for the society. It develops people who can contribute to the wealth creation of a country.
While people are earning for themselves, they are also creating wealth for the organization they work with. The government earns with every flourishing organization . Every organization thus shares the nation's responsibility of achieving monetary gains. The educated lot in a country helps it earn money, the means of living.
Bill Beattie, a famous author believes that education should teach us how to think, rather than telling us what to think. Education does play a role in developing one's creative thinking skills and imaginative power.
Eric Hoffer, an American social writer, believes that the main purpose of education is to build a will and facility to learn and that the objective of education is to produce learning individuals and not necessarily learned ones.
Bishop Creighton, on similar lines states that education should aim at creating people who continually ask questions. By this he means to say that education should fuel one's thirst for knowledge.
The idea of education and a strong belief in its benefits, are transferred from one generation to another. One educated individual can prove to be instrumental in the educational development of his family, the future generations and in turn the society. The spread of education is one of its purposes.