The education dilemma

We believe education to be a way out of mundane and boring lives, to get out and do something with our lives by learning a lot and getting really rich!

It’s so easy right, straightforward. Very simple to get going. We’re gonna get our degree, get a job, work all our lives and get rich!

Yeah, no it doesn’t work like that. I look back at the time that I’ve been at school and just wonder, after a certain point (8th grade) I was perfectly capable of coping up with studies on my own without the need of my teacher’s help. It wasn’t the case just for me, many others felt this way as well. Chances are you too feel that schools and colleges are not entirely up to the mark when it comes to providing quality education. In fact, they seem to have a very misguided sense of what discipline and “good behaviour” is. There was a time in high school where my school’s principal gave me a hard time because I criticized the school’s functioning. I believe my criticism to be right as a physics professor cannot be mistaking elastic collisions for inelastic ones and teaching it in whatever way she pleases. Our own teacher had no clue about the subject that she teaching and our school really did nothing about it. This is the case in many schools across my country and frankly, it’s a pain in the ass to have these idiots come “teach” us whatever they believe to be physics or any other subject. It’s as if we were just expected to learn whatever nonsense they taught us and once we put in the effort to actually learn what is correct and what is not after WE put in the effort for getting a good performance in OUR exams, the teachers are commended for doing a great job. Teachers and students alike, all of them were fools. They would come and teach us nonsense, my peers would gladly accept what they teach as the truth. Anyone who said anything otherwise would be kicked out of the class, so I had no option but to sit and familiarise myself with concepts of physics that doesn’t even exist.

Physics aside, our English teacher was equally bad. At least in physics, we had 50% of the truth and 50% of made up bolognese, but English was 100% bullshit. “You to NAT talk” “I to teach, you to listen” “Defaulters must not share their experience”.

I wish I was making this up. These are the words from my English teacher’s mouth, and mind you, she still works there. She is the Vice Principal now and has a PhD in what she calls English, of course, I think otherwise. When nobody finished their homework in English, she made all of us stand, being the teenage students that we were, we were just talking to ourselves, not really giving a f*ck about what she’s teaching. Then she hit us with the golden dialogue, “DEFAULTERS MUST NAT SHARE THE EXPERIENCE”. She could have just asked us to shut up or stop talking, but Mrs.PhD needs to show that she knows 3 more words. It was terrible, and if you studied at a school just as ridiculous as mine, you’d know what I’m talking about.

Because of experiences like this, I have grown to despise institutionalised education. Even now at college, of course, it isn’t as bad as school, I still feel uncomfortable with how things are and how they seem to be. Some major flaws in institutionalised education, which I believe to be true is that it is quite one-sided in terms of progression. There is only one way of doing things and that is to score well in your exams. There are a said number of subjects that you have to study if you want enough credits to pass out of it, and once you do pass out, if you are lucky enough to get a job, you will do the same thing that you did in college in your job as well. You work hard to reach your objectives and you’re left with an unsatisfactory amount of recognition for the work put in. Now that I think about it, these aren’t flaws at all, this is how the system is designed so that more and more people who are foolish enough to think that education is the everything, get caught in the web of corporate spiders. Of course, it is not all that bad to work corporate, but it’s good only if you land the good jobs. There are so many companies that just hire freshers and offload them like some sort of human cattle just six months later. Education is useful, I’m not saying that it’s not. But the quality of education matters and quality education is only available to some. You either have to be extremely smart and work your way to the best institutes or just be born rich and buy your way. If you’re anywhere in between, education is not for you. It could be if it weren’t for student debt. Expecting a student, who can’t even land a bloody job to pay off his debts by the time they pass out is just as ridiculous as expecting a chicken to fly as high as an eagle just because it has wings.

Let’s say that you are a smart one, and you do work your way to the top institute, then what? You just do more work for corporate once you pass out. You just keep working until one day you decide that you really don’t want to work anymore and you retire. Then what? You’re retired! You can do whatever you want now!! Hooray for you right?

WRONG!! You can do whatever you want, whenever you want and that’s the beauty of living our lives. If you think about it, being retired after working years in corporate is similar to getting out of prison. You work your asses off for them, you’ll get some little recognition and then you get out. Sure, you’ll make a lot of money but it’s like trading your soul for all that money. For those who are at the top, it really doesn’t matter because you guys are the ones making all the real money anyway. Human cattle is strategically termed as “Human Resource” and treated like cattle anyway. They can replace any and every employee because there really isn’t a shortage of unemployed citizens is there?

Through the education system, which is so conveniently set up for corporate giants, they can hire and fire people as they please, without giving a shi*t about those who are coming and going. Of course, you might be a lousy worker, in which case you deserve to get fired, but that’s not the point I am trying to convey. Right now, there seems to be a buzz about working corporate as if it is the only acceptable field of work, or at least it is like that where I live. That’s also one the reasons I’ve started this blog, to prove to people that you really don’t need to sell your souls for life to people who just want your time and effort so that they can continue to make more money. You can do what you like, when you like it, without anyone telling you otherwise.

I have family working at the top for corporate giants, I have immense respect and love for them and what they achieved in life is far beyond what I can even comprehend. But I can see that they are working their asses off day in and day out, travelling here and there on a daily basis for business. This is so clearly taking a toll on their family life as well health. That’s not the life that I want to lead and if you ask me, that’s not a life worth leading. Although the money involved seems like it will be worth it, I don’t think I am willing to sacrifice so much just for that sake.

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If hypocricy were a crime, we would all be in jail.

How often is it, that somebody says something and does the exact opposite? From our parents to our friends, everyone seems to be hypocrites. Why is it so difficult to practice as we preach? We all have, at some point during our lives preached something and have done the exact opposite, this happens to me on a daily basis, because I’m good at preaching, not so much at doing what I preach.

It’s difficult to keep up with our promises, it really is. When there is so much going on and there is eternal confusion, especially in this day and age, where jobs are getting meaningless and money is becoming a depreciating resource, it becomes difficult to focus on one particular thing and make it work. The threshold for the skills required to be able to land a good job  to live a decent life has gone up and will continue to keep going up. This is how it is, this is how life is, and we need to accept it. When everyone is in such a chaotic state of panic, preaching bullshit makes us feel that much more better about ourselves, nobody wants to be utterly useless and nobody wants people to know what kind of people they actually are, because when people find out about what kind of hypocrites we are, and when they find out the extent of hypocrisy that we follow, all respect is lost. But then again, everyone is a hypocrite, so mutually, all respect is lost.

Preaching is one thing, actually following it is another. The most common occurrence of people talking big is probably at school/college or any such institution. Teachers and students alike, everyone loves to show how much better they are when compared to the rest, be it being a HR major or getting a PhD at some random place which nobody has heard of, they feel that it is their right to talk smack just because they are more qualified. I believe it to be true, more qualified people should be allowed to teach and preach as they please, but when they do it to extent, so as to compare themselves to those who they teach to, it only brings down their own value and it just simply feels weird to listen to such highly qualified individuals just degrading themselves.. Educational institutions have become somewhat of a joke, at least in my experience, there is not really much scope for actual development of skills, instead there is a lot of room for observing pretentious numb nuts and learning nothing from them.  This, I have learnt from my experience at a coaching center that I had been to for perusing engineering, of course I never ended up doing engineering, but that is something to make fun of me for, another time.

An argument can be made that I am being a little nihilistic and being somewhat of a hypocrite myself, and to that, I say, yes. I am being an hypocrite, because it is simply in our nature to preach as we please and do nothing about it.  I preach about preaching and why you shouldn’t do it. So in a way, this blog post completely nullifies what I’m trying to convey(if that’s not ironic, I don’t know what is).

Another place where I find a lot of hypocrisy going on is right here at home. Parents love to preach ideals to their children, when it so clear that they themselves don’t follow. If you’re a parent or if you’re living at home with your parents and you’re reading this, you probably know what I’m talking about. From doing the dishes to “cleaning your room” you’ll know that they are LYING about those chores being necessary. If keeping your house clean is such an important aspect of life, why do you hire a maid? Since it’s your house, it only seems fair that such an important aspect of your life should be maintained by you. Or, let’s take an example of a the typical diabetic middle aged married couple. The husband loves to eat sweets, and the wife warns  him against eating any as it is unhealthy for both of them, but one day their lovely neighbor returns from a trip to Switzerland and brings them a plethora of chocolates and cakes.  What do you think is going to happen now? Some form of magic plays it’s tunes and suddenly all the sweets disappear( that’s the case with everyone right?).

What I’m trying to say is that hypocrisy is such a common occurrence because of the situations that arise in our lives. I think everyone is motivated in their own way to practice the principles that they want to follow, but this will not happen without any hindrances, and that is where hypocrisy comes into play.

Another aspect of hypocrisy is that there is no escaping it. One way or an other, voluntarily or not, we end up doing contradicting things. Imagine a world where all crime is legal and the only thing that could turn you in, is to be a hypocrite. If you contradict what you preach, you get thrown in jail. If this ever happens, we’d need a lot more prisons because if hypocrisy were a crime, we’d all be in jail.