Since when are results and degrees everything?
It stemmed from the question my friend asked me:“Would a girl only date someone with a better educational background than her?” I was dumbstruck and requested clarification, so he rephrased the question: “Well, it’s like if the girl is studying in university and the guy is a mere SPM grad. Or if the girl is a doctor and the guy just holds a degree.”
At first, I couldn’t get where he was coming from. To me, dating has nothing whatsoever to do with which college the person is going to, what degree the person is holding or worse, how many As the person obtained in SPM. I mean, what does this have to do with anything?
Personally, I’ve known people with high educational background who speak and act crudely. I’ve seen those without much formal education hold themselves in a way that is admirable. Myself? I’m not a big fan of modern education. Just a few examples: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Thomas Edison. Household names, no? Even now as you’re reading this article, you are benefiting from the three of them.Not convinced?Oh well, tell me that the Wright brothers got an A+ in Physics and Mathematics before they actually got around to inventing the airplane. It wasn’t that they wrote a theses on hydraulics and aerodynamics either.
Ever since I was small, I can never comprehend the way our education system works. Starting from primary school until graduation from university, we undergo more than 10, nearly 20 years of gruelling hours in class everyday. After that, we get back home and study our asses off on subjects that we don’t even give a fig about, cramming all of it into our minds in order to pass our examinations with flying colours. I have examples of people around me who don’t even understand what they’re studying. They merely memorize everything, do lots of past year exercises and go into the examination hall to ace their examinations. Are we receiving education for the sake of knowledge, or are we studying for the sake of examinations? What skills are we honing, apart from our memorizing skills?While we’re on the topic of skills, I think it’s safe to say that our education system lacks emphasis on application. We are well versed on the theory, but we lack the initiative to apply it in our everyday life to solve problem. We look at them as a part of textbook learning, never thinking of linking what we learn to help solve problems. Safe to say, I learnt more about the conversion of power helping to build a micro-hydro system for a rural village than the past four years in my Physics classes. Another classical example will be the incorporation of Moral and Civics into our syllabus. What’s the use of memorizing all 36 values when you don’t apply them in life?
It’s like we’re in a soap factory. Initially, we’re all made of the same ingredients and shaped in the same mold. Pure white soap bars made of Sodium Laurate Sulphate without any artificial smells. We study the same subjects, have almost the same hours in school. Then we go through public examinations, UPSR and PMR, so-called assessments to group us into different batches. And we proceed to the second phase, differentiation. The soap bars are sent into respective sections to add different colour and fragrances. Pink, blue, white and green. Rose, Jasmine, Lavender and Mint. Science, Arts, Commerce and Technology. Now we’re separated into different groups, but still blindly following and taking up subjects that we’re required to take. After high school and pre-university, we undergo second degree differentiation. This time, the soap bars are put into different boxes of varying colours and brands. Dove, Dettol, Johnson’s Baby and Lor’eal. Doctors, Engineers, Accountants and Teachers. After that, we get our certificates when we graduate university. Just like the little round symbol at the bottom corner of the box with the words: certified safe by ISO, quality control. Formed, shaped, packaged and ready to be shipped off for work. At the end of the day, no matter how expensive you are, you’re still a bar of soap.
Fishtail has this notion that the reason there were more great inventors in the past as compared to now was because they didn’t have to go to school and had nothing to do.
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