Is education what we have at present? Have we made things a little bit complicated by structuring our education the way it is now? Have we end up widening the segregation gap?
Personally, I’m in support of education because it is a powerful tool for refinement. Through education, we receive both simple and technical guidance that adds wider perspective to our thoughts. Unfortunately, what we call education in our society today is a far cry from this. Our educational system today is not only confining; but also creates inequality.
The system has imposed its own thinking on people, so much so, that a lot of people are lost. People are not able to unlock their talents – because they haven’t received the right education. A lot of us are forced down the paths that aren’t ours; and could forever be confined to these paths. Unless, we are lucky to have the opportunity to change things, which is often not the case for most people.
We keep forcing people to learn subjects that are irrelevant for fulfilling their potentials. Won’t it be wonderful, if we’re able to unlock people’s talent at a very young age, and move them in that direction? By so doing, the educational system would have successfully created a world of diverse potentials in action. Rather than, limited potentials creating wealth. Others, living in poverty!
Parents are not left out of the wiles of the educational system. The system has so conditioned most parents that they’re more concerned about their children passing the forced subjects, without which, the children are not able to gain admissions or find work etc. Only the wealthy ones are able to call the bluff of the system, and establish their children in the right path. Unfortunately, not all parents have the resources to do so.
We therefore need a proportional educational system that offers wider variety of subjects – delivered in a formal or informal setting, as appropriate to the needs of individuals. You’ll find that some individuals do better in practical approach than theoretical one. Realising this in individuals will help us in developing their potentials.
Yes, there are subjects like Maths and languages that we need in order to be confident in discussing matters relating to our finances, and establishing social interaction. And therefore, should be made compulsory, but not a tool for measuring individual potential. More emphasis, however, on other areas such as arts, music, public speaking, training, writing, games development, software development, entrepreneurship, athletics etc would be great. The more choices people have, the more likely they’d explore and fulfil their potentials.
We want a society that make people feel they have the potential to be successful. Not one that continues to create wealth imbalance – the direct consequence of unlocked talents and skills. If our system continue to provide educational opportunities for certain category of people, then we are locking out other people with abilities to be successful too. The risk therefore to our society, an increase in poverty level, consequence of crime and many more.