Do you agree or disagree, it is better for students to gain real world experience than to spend their time in a classroom?

It is critically important for us to understand that the purpose of education is to be knowledgeable and acquire new skills every day. The latter is possible only when we start looking beyond the four walls of a classroom. Personally, I believe that real world experience is more important than spending all the time inside a classroom. I feel this way for two reasons which I will explore in the following essay. To begin with, real-life experiences help us apply our knowledge practically outside the universities. A certain subject matter taught will not be completely understood if we do not know its true implementation. Printed books and lectures help us learn the theories and experiences gathered by other people, which would eventually not be of much importance when we are recruited for a certain job. My personal experience is a compelling illustration of this. I am a student of Social Work and I have learnt the theories, methods and histories of this subject in the campus. But I did not know what it truly meant to be in a rural community and interact with people as a social worker in real life. It took me a lot of time to build a rapport with the people in order to apply the methods of social work practice that I had learnt inside the classroom. It is the constant amalgamation of the theories learnt and my personal experiences that helped me become a better social worker. Furthermore, the challenges of a job outside the university is unique to every individual, given the differences in strengths and weaknesses of a person. Although the experiences of teachers shared in classrooms definitely prepare us to a certain extent, but a wholistic development of ideas is still incomplete. For instance, my friend who is a medical student had once suffered as she missed out on a few practical classes. She somehow could not foresee that holding a scalpel, as explained in the books, was way different in an OT. She was weak at it as her hands weren’t stable. As a result, during her final practical examination she failed to perform a certain task with precision. She was clueless about the difficulties she could face because she missed out on her lab work. Had she attended her classes in due time, she could have turned her weakness into a strength. From then on, she pays a lot more attention to her practicals as that’s what makes her a skilled and better doctor. Therefore, I feel that focusing on real experiences outside of what is taught by educators is more important as it helps you implement your knowledge better and know work on your weaknesses based on the challenges you face. (454)
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