Can education plans address the cause of the crisis of education?

There is a difference between learning and education. Education means the process of introducing people to new concepts and ideas, like introducing children to the adult world, decision-making, and autonomy. Learning, on the other hand, is a lifelong process of knowing about new things.

Education requires structure and can end once all the levels have been gone through, while learning does not require structure or levels of achievement, just an innate desire to know. The crisis of education, as surmised by Hannah Arendt in her book in 1954, lies in the fact that we confuse learning and acquiring knowledge with getting an education. Much more than gathering knowledge and laurels is the need for an educational plan to ensure that there are no lacunae in the quality of education being offered or received.

Pros and Cons of Educational Plans

An education plan is a structure in place for a student to be able to attain the academic qualifications required for the future. An education plan can be financial, which involves saving money towards the attainment of certain academic qualifications; it can be personal, which entails setting personal goals towards achieving a certain career, or it can be institutional, as required by the United States that Individual Education Plans (IEPs) be developed for students in schools.

A review of comments on websites like provides insights on the pros and cons of educational plans as well as how it can and have helped people to attain their dreams and get into the careers of their dreams.

The pros of educational plans include:

– Whether financial or individual, an education plan provides a clear focus of what requires being done, and what steps are required to get there. If the goal is to get into college, then the financial implications will determine how to save towards the goal, while the institutional requirements will require how the student should study in preparation to being accepted in college.

– Apart from the focus, having an education plan also helps an individual view the long-term goal in realistic short-term templates. “First I’ll have to pass this course, then apply to this college” is easier than being overwhelmed by “how do I become a doctor?”

– An education plan allows for the individual to seek support from relevant quarters, like friends, family, and educators. It is easier for people to support you if you have things worked out, than if you are just stumbling along. Sharing your education plan with your support system helps them to locate where they are needed, and how they can be of help.

In an Individual Education Plan, parents, educators, and the student work in synergy, following a plan towards the success of the student.

The cons of an education plan include:

– In some individual education plans, the student might not be consulted in decision-making processes and therefore might have to follow learning plans that are not right for them.

– Another challenge is that people change, and the initial plan might evolve as the student gets older or has more experience in life. With so many stakeholders involved, however, it might be difficult (but not impossible) to make any changes.

Overall, there is a need to plan to avoid confusion and crisis in any phase of human endeavor, and the educational sector is not left behind. With a proper education plan in place, the crisis of education can be avoided at the institutional and individual levels.