If you are reading this it means you have received a given level of education. It shows that you can interpret meaning from letters, numbers and even symbols. In the current generation it is almost impossible to live without education. There are different types of education with the main groups being formal and informal. I will focus on the importance of education and use USA as my case study.
In USA today we have so many professions that people engage in, but I have not seen any that does not require education. It is the hope of every parent that one day their child will graduate and become ‘something’; a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer, a nutritionist, a pilot, a mechanic, a teacher and many other professions. Why?
The question above can only be answered by another question; what will you become without education? It continues to provoke many other questions; will you be able to interpret road signs? How will you apply for jobs? Will you be able to access any medical facility? Will you be able to interpret prescriptions? How will you earn your income? What role will you play in the society? There are so many questions to ask oneself whose most probable answer is ‘no’ and so much that one can gain from education. So I think I am justified to say that the best gift for your children is good education.
Public schools in United States are divided into elementary and secondary schools (see Wikipedia). There are variations but basically we have one local level. The most common patterns are: Elementary school (K–5), middle school (6–8), high school (9–12); Elementary school (K–8), high school (9–12) and Elementary school (K–6), junior high school (7–9), high school (9–12).
We have so many schools in the United States where one can receive reduction. In Metro City area there are schools such as: Rockefeller Elementary School, Midtown Elementary School, Vanderbilt Middle School, King Junior High School and Hamilton Township High School just to name a few. The other areas which also have schools such as those found in Metro City area.
The United States has got some of the best tertiary institutions in the world; Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Williams College, Amherst College, Swarthmore College, Bowdoin College, Middlebury College, Pomona College and many more. There so also many other technical institutions with a wide range of courses from beauty and therapy to cooking classes. It will suffice to say that there is something for everyone!
Having established that education is the best gift a parent can give to a child, it is not the only gift the child will receive in the process of getting educated. Education is not easy; it involves a lot of hard work, dedication, determination and resilience. Just like any hard work education is also rewarded. Apart from the doors the just acquired knowledge will open, upon completion of a given level of education well-wishers and friends normally get gifts for the graduand. The most common gifts are: photo frames, cards, mugs, necklaces, special pens among others (get more ideas for presents here). I think I will not be wrong to say that education life is a life of gifts!