The very quality of education is to assess how well it shapes the right sets of mind (growth, progression, creativity, open and learning, etc): “Quality" would be associated with an "Education" that fosters critical thinking, excellent problem-solving skills, ability to turn new ideas into innovative products, innovative thinking, ability to apply specific knowledge as tangible applications in some field or another, ability to switch from meta-cognitive analysis to micro-analysis while understanding how the rules change when doing that, superb linguistic skills, fluency and speed when accessing information from the virtual world, flexible algorithmic thinking and so on. This is the domain of the progressive schools in education, also the emerging virtual learning alternatives. Education provides the broader window to see the world with knowledge lenses, but shouldn't become a constraint to limit one's imagination.
Quality in education is now crucial in plans towards cross-cultural boundary: While the notion of quality and priority may differ from country to country, the term has become a determining factor in facilitating global support for educational expansion and developmental initiatives. Understanding the geographical context of quality in education, what its indicators are within the cultural milieu of particular countries, the challenges associated with implementing quality education are therefore significant. Before receiving an education, most of us are like a frog in a well. The education, we get may be, takes us out of the well, but for some, it also sets the limit for their continuous learning and growth due to the burden of credential; or add the filter to see the world via the lenses set up by educators. Or, to put simply, it becomes the causes of bias, or the reason lacking independent thinking. A quality education, hence, should open, not close one’s mind, helps receivers to:
- Recognize opportunities
- Give one ability to evaluate the opportunities
- Ability to select and opt for what is best suited to the individual, etc.
- Inspire the thinking and learning habit
The word 'quality' seems to be being used exclusively to signify 'high' quality. It is a word and a concept open to considerable dispute. Generally speaking, quality education is not defined by the reputation of institutes or the approaches they take, but defined by the very "products" - the well-educated individuals who can challenge their mentors, criticize the theories, and think beyond the education box, and continue to take opportunities in life adventure by taking advantage of education as means to end, to move the world progressively.