Treasure Island

Supriya Prathapan

(New Delhi)


Education is the key to success,
It is an ongoing process.
Each day of existence,
Adds to our knowledge, wisdom and experience.

Alas! We live in a world where degrees matter,
So many dreams, does this harsh reality shatter.
For education is not easily accessible,
In this overpopulated world, where even basic amenities are not available.

That education does not mean mugging different precepts and concepts,
Is a popular theory which every eminent educationist accepts,
Alas! The same educationists support the system of examination,
Which demands rote memorization.

It is a myth that we can attain knowledge,
Only at a school or a college.
Self-education is the best kind of learning,
Knowledge thus gained, is permanent and enriching.

Note: By ivy league, I mean the top colleges and universities in India. I don't think we have a term to define them.

Submitted: Friday, August 14, 2009
Edited: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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  • Rajaram Ramachandran (9/12/2009 7:39:00 PM)

    I agree with you in all respects. Which BTech or MTech built Taj Mahal or the big temples in India. It is not the college degrees that count, but the experience and knowledge that build a nation. (Report) Reply

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (9/12/2009 9:53:00 AM)

    I like education and I view it as a means of self-transformation and not just of accumulating knowledge. Very well penned! (Report) Reply

  • Varanasi Ramabrahmam (9/12/2009 6:41:00 AM)

    I very much liked the spirit of the education as training the mind and not stuffing the brain with information which is very beautifully depicted in the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kesav Easwaran (8/15/2009 4:26:00 AM)

    Life is the eternal teacher and experiences are the lessons that we learn...the other 'educations' impart some knowledge on how we should entertain this eternal teacher...thanks give a nice message there...10 (Report) Reply

  • Siddharth Singh (8/14/2009 12:22:00 PM)

    Your insight into the shortcomings
    of the system as a teacher are
    Nicely written. (Report) Reply

  • Sarwar Chowdhury (8/14/2009 9:40:00 AM)

    'Self-education is the best kind of learning, '
    yeap said the truth! I luvvvvvit! Many telented in the history played great role without institutional degrees!

    finely penned!
    10+ (Report) Reply

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