Direction in Education

The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba by Claude Lorraine



Every man (and woman) on Earth that matter is to a certain extend a manager. One manages his/her time, money, education and almost every other tangible or intangible aspect in life. From what we eat to what we where, people must manage in order to stay alive.

As I have argued in the seventh essay of the meditations, the only constant thing in life is not changes (though this is constant to a certain extent) but choices. In life, even when we choose not to choose between two alternatives, this act of choosing not to choose is fundamentally a choice. Therefore, one cannot say that he chooses not to choose anything in his/her life!

As long as one makes a choice, one must forsake the second best alternative (the opportunity cost) and this results in a bias. No two alternatives are ever equal in terms of both quality and quantity. Things are never fair in reality and no fairy tale has ever unfolded without a prelude and postlude of challenges (in the long-run, no fairy tale exist).

However, even though the choices we make often result in different and unfair outcomes, this bias situation gives humanity the greatest hope of growth and improvement. As long as one properly defines the boundaries and desired outcome, one can make the ‘right’ choice.


Education has always been an essential part of humanity since the dawn of civilized human beings. While the underlying concepts of education has never changed (we study to obtain a means of existence), the way and span of education has changed in several revolutionary ways.

First, instead of learning from our parents or caretakers like out ancestors, we are all expected to go to a school and preferably a University. Second, formal education is now commonly held as a necessity and an increasing amount of our human lifespan is invested into education. Formal education in our current environment is therefore a necessity (for most people).

In reality, a man/woman is both a manager and an investor. Both occupations requires making choices to achieve their objectives. Therefore, in order to succeed in education and in all other aspects of life, one must be able to effectively and efficiently allocate resources (time, effort and wealth) to the right places. Failure to  do so would often mean failure in life.

Visions, Missions and Objectives

Are goals really necessary? Yes, there are. Imagine asking an archer to shoot an arrow without telling him where the bullseye is. Without a target, even the best archer in the world would fail to hit the bullseye. Although the story may seem ridiculous, I am often baffled when people tell me they do not know what their goals in life are.

While a person’s raison de tre (reason for being) might take a lifetime to reveal itself, goals in education are not. It is however, common that when you ask a student what his goals in education is, the normal reply would be to pass his exams or to obtain his degree. These goals are short-term goals and not long-term goals!

I believe that the process of strategic management should be applicable to an individual as well as a business. According to David Fred (2007), strategic management can be defined as the art and science of formulating, implementing and  evaluating cross-functional decisions that enable an organization to achieve its objectives.

Strategic management for an organization involves integrating management, marketing, finance/accounting, production/operations, research and development, and computer information systems to achieve organizational success. For an individual, strategic management involves integrating the management of time, presentation skills, wealth, homework, research and writing skills to achieve academic success!

In order to align all your resources as stated above, an individual must take time to formulate the following:

1. Vision Statement

What do we want to become?

2. Mission Statements

What is our business? And how do we intend to win in this business?

3. Objectives

Short-term milestones to achieve the mission and vision.

4. Strategies

Means to achieve Objectives.

5. Policies

Guidelines, rules and procedures to support efforts to achieve objectives.


By setting the vision and mission of what I want to achieve through education, I note down my beliefs, philosophy, and principles in education. This written goals then serve as a creed statement for allocating my resources and focus. Furthermore, this enables me to measure how much I have succeeded in achieving my ultimate vision.

Personal Example

Vision – To find out my reason of being and to come up with my philosophy  in life and worldview through the procurement of knowledge and information. In achieving this, I would in turn find ways and means to ensure that society benefits from my achievement.

Mission – My mission is to ensure my financial and life’s (not to be mixed up) success by obtaining the understanding of various fields of knowledge and experiences. Achieving this would in turn enable me to achieve my vision.


1.To find the relationship between what I am studying with the rest of the world.

2. To apply what I study in my daily and working life

3. To understand the underlying philosophy of the subjects I am taking.

4. To ace all my exams!



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