Effects of Money, TV & Oil on Education

Education is an important basic need in the society that is protected by the constitution. All the children have the right to quality and professional education and such rights are outlined in the protection rights. Public education is a fundamental need that should be fulfilled by every member of the community. In the twenty first century, the labor market has become very competitive such that those persons with no proper and desired qualifications are looked out through the natural selection process.  The globalization and economic liberalization has created room for mobility of the factors of production including labor. Therefore, employers are looking for personalities with the needed degree of competence and academic qualification to hire in order to increase their production capacity (Balas 61). This implies that those persons with low education and technical skills are less productive, hence overlooked at the expense of the top class.

To remain competitive in this global era, it is important for one to have the basics that are essential for survival. The main basic that one must have is education. Education serves as the basement and foundation to success. Through public education, our understanding, knowledge and reasoning is integrated. The process of acquiring academic competence and skills needs a lot of resources. These resources are both financial and non-financial. For instance, basic education can only be attained after spending some time in learning or training institution. Secondly, in order to get an entry into a learning institution, financial resources must be made available. These resources are used to meet the needs of the learner and pay for the resources used in training. Money and other financial resources are therefore important in public education.

There is a strong link between public education and money or other financial resources. The processes of acquiring and gaining academic knowledge through must be backed with resources. The main goal of public education is to enable the learner to acquire the basics educational skills that are essential for survival. However, education does not come on a silver plate, it calls for resource exploitation. The provision of public education is expensive and it requires the responsibilities authority to allocate sufficient amount of resources to cater for the expenses and costs of providing these services to the interested parties. Without money or other economic resources, it is impossible to provide public education to the needy persons. The process of resource allocation must be fairly balanced and must be equally distributed to the diverse educational needs (Hackbarth 78-9). Monetary resources form the foundation to the effectiveness of public education since these resources accounts for every academic step. Although the provision of public education goes beyond monetary factors, the role of money in public resources must not be overlooked. This is an indication of the importance of economic resources in the provision of services to the public at affordable rates.

Money is used in public education to cater for the current and non-current payments that are incurred in the process of providing services to the needy population. On the other hand, the learners also need money to meet their daily demands including learning basics. Lack of financial resources derails the efficiency in the provision of public education to the public. When the resources needed to meet the financial needs of a learning institution are inadequate, then, the whole process is affected. The quality of education and academic services provided by learning institutions is adversely affected by amount of resources at the disposal of the institution. In cases where the resources available are not enough to cater for all the basic needs of the organization, then, the quality of education and learning significantly decline with the outcome being poor quality of the services and inadequate resources (Hawes 90).

Education refers to the process of giving or receiving instructions especially in places such as a school. Money has played a major role in the lives of many persons. In a similar manner, money has either had effects both positive and negative towards education. For instance, money could be quickly used to pay up for school fees, get the students/pupils with school uniforms, and provide for upkeep alongside other learning materials like exercise books, writing and reading materials too. Money has a tendency to act as a big morale booster as far as education is concerned. Picture a student preparing for their exams but with the full knowledge that their tuition fees have already been cleared. In most cases, such students never lose focus or concentration towards their revisions and dwell more on the exam preparations. Their morale normally very high knows full well they will sit the upcoming exam. This in the long run leads to very good grades, mainly because the students have ample time and a relaxed mind to prepare well for their exams (Balas 54-55). Students who get scholarship opportunities benefit a lot from them. These scholarships help them settle down on their education, have full concentration and end up impacting positively on their education.

On the contrary, money could have devastating effects as far as education is concerned. Picture this: a student is forced to drop out of school or even defer a class or semester for lack of funds to allow them proceed with their course work. It is normally so painful given much time which could never be recovered goes to waste especially when one is out of class. There is normally much lose of contact with already used friends and classmates. Such would lead to one not attaining their lifelong desired goals and objectives. Whereas on the other hand a student may proceed to completion of their studies even with lack of funding (money), the grades attained may be unsatisfactory especially in cases whereby they do not have any extra learning materials they could probably obtain.  These scenarios are evident in third world countries or most developing countries which are in so much ways looking for various means to sustain themselves. Communities and especially parents rely on unskilled labor to earn a living. These meager earnings are not in many instances sufficient enough to allow parents provide education live alone good education to their children. Their children thus end up dropping out of school at an early age, are exposed to child labor as they learn at an early age to fend for themselves which in turn should not be the case. They are thus deprived of their perpetual basic need ‘education’ by one ‘money’.

It is thus the bigger responsibility of the privileged in society, Non-Governmental Organizations and the government of the day to help with scholarships, donor funding and intense civic education to help students and families caught up in this plight. Such cases have been observed to be highly critical in the remote parts of the said countries where even the parents have no means of fending for themselves and their families let alone go in search for money for their children’s education. Out of the two situations, there have been instances whereby students have been brought up in families where money has never been an issue especially when it comes to ensuring they get good education (Hawes 32-4). However, such students tend to think and see that there’s everything provided for them and do not put much effort into their education. In short, much as money may have either a positive or negative impact on one’s education, the baton lies with the student in ensuring they work hard towards improving their standard and status of education.

The television set has for a long time been an educational tool that has for so many years been recommended by both parents and teachers to their children and students respectively. Televisions have helped students in nurturing them to be transformative members of the society especially during their late days of maturity. There are those students who would want to excel high in their studies and say be the news anchor just like the anchors they normally watch on their TV sets. Others would want to be actors/actresses, comedians, lawyers, ministers or even presidents. This comes about as a result of the many TV programs they watch. TV therefore would be said to have a positive impact on education in the sense that students would want to so much assimilate themselves to the many good things they view (Hackbarth 96). They quickly help students find role models and personalities they would want to be like them at some point in their life.

TV equally tend to have educational programs such as debating sessions, science club programs or many others which in one way or the other touch on matters educational say for instance programs that dwell on nature for both flora and fauna would go a long way to interest some children who eventually would work hard to come and either work or research for. These tend to help a great deal especially now that students get to learn negotiations skills from other students they watch in debate or parliamentary sessions, language skills and lots understanding and translation apart from usage of grammar and words. In short, just like the teacher teaches in class, TV sets equally go to a greater extent in ensuring students educational skills are enhanced. On the contrary though, TV sets have led to poor morals to many students in society and therefore adversely affected modern education and its standards. For instance, so many romantic programs have come up on television screens (Balas 74). Many of which are not educational at all, they tend to lead students astray in matters education. Other than students doing research or rather reading, doing revisions, they spend time watching soap operas and discuss the same with friends, wasting lots valuable time.

Some of the late night television programs tend to contain pornographic content. These to a large extent have never been educational; rather they are misguiding and pose a great risk to many persons especially those who still happen to be students. Some may end up wanting to practice what they watch which again can be very detrimental to one self or others. It is from such illicit material whereby students who are homosexuals or lesbians come into being. In the long run, a school is found to have students who violate or flout school rules, are indisciplined to a great extent and care less about themselves, their future and the fate they put their parents into. These unbecoming behaviors could be brought about by the content they watch and then students may want to carry the same character with them so they may prove heroic before others (Hackbarth 67-8). Parents should thus regulate the amount of television time and what programs their children watch. Any child who sticks to watching educational programs on television tends to benefit a lot. Their performances in school are no doubt exemplary and so will be their behavior and discipline. In short, much as students must at some point be accorded the freedom they deserve to do and choose what they aspire in life, such choices must be monitored and guided with right controls in order for them to benefit in the long run.

Oil reserves and mining has always prompted to have the parent countries being the richest. Oil is a major and a basic commodity especially after its by-products have been refined and are absorbed in the market for human usage. Oil has to a greater extent had a good impact on education. This could be attributed to the gallons of oil being extracted for shipment and thereby earning the country a lot of revenue which in turn helps the government of the day set up structures some or most of which will be educational to benefit its citizens. Foreign investors will be the very first persons that will come in for oil exploration and extraction. These investors will help the country in earning foreign currencies, trade internationally and in turn improve living standards, education standards mainly to avoid shipping their own labor. Oil enhances good relations with other countries and even aids in numerous learning exchange programs between host country and contracted countries to do explorations, extraction. In some instances, countries tasked with extraction take the greater responsibility of training or even educating some individuals from the host country on certain specific work related courses or skills such as mining for example or oil and gas explorations (Hackbarth 89).

Similarly, contracted companies working in oil reserves have very nice policies guiding their corporate social responsibility.  This could range from construction works of say schools and amenities like hospitals and churches. The schools will again be furnished, provided with the best learning materials to help the locals benefit from the oil first hand. From the oil companies, that has always been their way of appreciating the community in which they stay and work together for many years to come. This close relation tends to place both parties together and each benefits in one way or the other from the other party. On the other hand, oil has to a greater extent caused a lot of wars between communities. A good example to cite which has even crippled life, let alone education is the Abyei area in South Sudan Republic in which both Sudan and South Sudan claim to be theirs (Balas 56-9). Oil has caused many deaths due to many wrangles between communities fighting say for land, the resource for each to claim as theirs.

Skirmishes or wars have never been good for education. Education may be thought of as being jealous. Much as it depends on so many external factors, they must on the other hand be very conducive in order for it to be felt. Oil rich areas are equally found to be very hot, rather extremely hot. These extremely hot conditions are never good environments where education would do well. The harsh, hot conditions have disastrous health effects thereby posing dangers to communities (Hawes 21). Oil is equally a highly flammable commodity. It therefore puts everyone at risk at all times especially when not properly handled could lead to bodily harm, can quickly cause fires which could raze down everything creating huge losses. Much as oil as a commodity earns a country a lot of income plus helps the country to quickly develop, it poses major risks to life and in turn to even the education of a certain area together with the community. A good example would be the oil spillage that was experienced in the Niger Delta recently. There were so many effects from that spillage ranging from deaths to sea life which is vegetation and fish as a result of the contamination. You will realize that there are individuals who relied on fishing for their livelihood. The spillage which brought an end to sea life meant they had no other source of fending for their families for some time. That in turn affected so many eating outlets which relied on the same fish supply; in turn many students did not go to school due to disease outbreaks, lack of school fees from their parents for having recorded no sales (Hackbarth, 121). From time to time, children are left with no parents when fires start up in oil reserves, when oil mines get filled up. In so many of these examples, education is so much interrupted and students suffer given the sole provider for money is not there thus education is duly affected.

In conclusion, money, TV and oil will either have positive and negative effects on education and the education standards and systems in place in general. It is thus the responsibility of each and every individual to check and see to it that there are no devastating effects to the education systems by ensuring a balance is placed on each and every one of them so that the negative effects are highly controlled to avoid getting out of hand. Moreover, it is worth noting that the success of a student in respect to academics and social spheres is highly influenced by the resource endowment. The quality of basic education depends on the ability of the state to provide all the learning resources and make access to these facilities more reliable. Monetary resource and other valuable resources such as oil influence the provision of basic education to the deserving population. In this respect it is worth conceding that since education is a resource-demand service, effectiveness of the service must be matched by adequate resource allocation. However, the performance of the learners is also influenced by other variable that they get exposed to. For instance, TV programs are reach sources of knowledge that enhances the understanding and reasoning of the students, but the exposure should be limited to restrict the content of the programs watched by the students.



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