We always talk about the importance and definition of education and its impact on society, but seldom think about how society affects our educational system. Before understanding the influence of society on education, we must define society. Society is an extended social group having a distinctive cultural and economic organization. Society plays an important role in education and influences it, both positively and negatively. Social inequalities and unhealthy educational practices and are some of the negative influences of society on our lives.
Customs and traditions prevent certain sections of society from exercising their fundamental rights and hamper the well-being of society, shatter the basic ideas of education. Some social groups deny women’s right to education, while others force children to work, depriving them from a healthy environment, conducive to their growth and development. Education is one of the basic human rights. If social norms deprive certain strata of society from progressing in life and come in the way of social welfare, it defeats the purpose of education.
We need to understand to understand the role of society in the overall development of an individual. Even before we become a part of the education system, we start leaning from our surroundings. And during the process of formal education, we constantly take non-formal education from our society. Yes, our interactions with our fellow-beings, our observations about their social behavior and our understanding of social norms prepare us to face life. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the actual process of learning begins at a point which marks the end of institutional education.