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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