DOIN’ BITS editor James Wijesinghe weighs up further education.
Thinking about it, school was a pretty weird place. We were classed together at specific place at a specific time with little in common other than our ignorance. Arbitrarily defined assessment and attendance periods governed how we learnt. Should the gaining of knowledge be at the mercy of institutions’ admin eases? Or should the individuality of each learner’s brain be treated as just that, an individual?
Consideration must be made for the natural ways in which we each individually learn, and to whether we should be learning skills perhaps more appropriate for… life. But having trudged through a lifetime of compulsory education, we are bombarded with the pivotal decision of either paying to extend our formalised learning, or facing the world as a person estranged from schooling. Perhaps education isn’t worth all the debt and after school detentions.
“It’s impossible to ignore the
pro-university bias of most colleges and schools.”
Statistics show that more of us than ever before are opting to hide from reality in student bubbles. But whilst some might argue that the increasing numbers of students devalues degrees, nearly 50% of workers who left university in the last five years are now in jobs that don’t even need degrees. So why bother? It may not entitle you to a job, but having a suitable degree from half-decent uni should give you a knee up the job ladder. Also, not only can university offer you access to a large variety of extra-curricular activities, it might be the only real chance left to do very little but still feel like you’re achieving.
It’s impossible to ignore the pro-university bias of most colleges and schools. However, education should not aim to determine our destinies. The novelist Elena Ferrante stated that there has been “an ideology of education that no longer functions today,” implying that our system and grand opinion is outdated. She also believes that “the directionless graduates are dramatic evidence that the long crisis in the legitimisation of social hierarchy based on the credentials of an education has come to a head,” suggesting, (in as many long words as possible), that encouraging everyone to go to uni is a failed attitude. Some students favour the schooling system and some don’t.
Perhaps it would be better to dive into the world and learn from our physical experiences with it. Do strict syllabuses and inflexible courses seem to be caging your mind rather than opening it? Then it must be better to learn without being continually told what the right thing is.
So create. Educate yourself of yourself. Learn life and teach others.