Source: Freedom Is A State Of Mind
To a large extent, the above observation is true concerning the traditional system of education, in which conformity, compliance and rote learning are rewarded as it focuses on getting good results in exams, regardless of how much students really understand what they learnt or are able to apply in their lives or whether they learn to be more humane towards other people and the environment. Much of the education also doesn’t really equip students to discover and accept themselves and nurture their self-affirmation and self-development because the emphasis is on proving their worth through achievements and competing with others.
I have also come to see education doesn’t necessarily teach or enable people to relate to one another, and having high credentials doesn’t necessarily mean they are good at relating to people. I don’t subscribe to the society’s mindset about people with doctorates and high qualifications either – in fact, whenever I read newspapers on weekends, or read Amazon book reviews, and when someone spoke or wrote so highly about their qualifications, I get kinda turned off myself. Ultimately, the value of a character’s character is not measured in how many degrees or titles he holds to his name, but how he treats himself and his fellow human beings.
At the end of the day, what matters is relationships – with oneself, with others, with the environment. This reminds me of my favourite Native American Indian quote:
I do not think the measure of a civilization
is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
But rather how well its people have learned to relate
to their environment and fellow man.
~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe ~