In many cases it seems both logical and necessary to obtain an education in order to broaden the horizon as well as expand ones knowledge of not only a classroom education, but also an education of the world we live in. Education is a gateway to a positive future and a successful life. According to George Washington Carver, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Education is not a gift; it is a process that takes dedication and hard work in order to achieve the most positive outcome. Without education, many things cannot be accomplished; and many positive aspects of ones life could be missing. A beneficial education has the power to do great things, but a wasted education could lead to destruction.
A prime example of a beneficial and advantageous education would be that of Frederick Douglass, who struggled through extreme adversity but had the mindset to stop at nothing in order to achieve an education. In the early stages of his life, he discovered how a slave obtains freedom and he stated that it is through education in itself. Once the initial flame was lit, Douglass refused to stop learning and even through struggle, he knew that it would benefit him. He stated, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” He went so far as to take bread from his master’s house so that he could trade it for a short lesson of writing or A,B,C’s from the town white boys. To Douglass, education was valued as the very thing that could release him from bondage and set him free.
Douglass not only achieved his goals, but he created a gateway for other slaves to take a stand to build their own confidence in setting themselves free. Douglass earned his freedom and he deserved it. Douglass battled through separation, starvation, being whipped, and even being pulled away from his resources of education. He created his own opportunities and made sure that he took advantage of every opportunity that he had. His life made an impact on many other lives and also proved that education is powerful.
In line with Frederick Douglass, another prime example of a powerful experience of education comes from the film, “The Freedom Writers”, which was directed by Richard LaGravenese in 2007. This movie takes the meaning of an education to an entirely different level, as it shows the lives of many different students of different races, who all have very different backgrounds, and brings them together to form a family of students who are all striving for the same goal. The students, with the help of their teacher, “Mrs. G”, completely change their own lives by taking advantage of their education and making it a priority in their lives, which in turn began to make their lives prosper. According to the movie, an individual achieves an education by applying themselves and being a diligent, hard worker. Anyone is capable of doing great things, but if he does not want success bad enough, he will not achieve his desired outcome.
In the movie, each student has...