Education, as the world’s light, has a power to bring about radical changes in our societies. I believe that everyone is ready to acknowledge educational marvels, but sometimes I feel that we remain ‘disoriented’ and on the verge of ‘catastrophe.’ Those who live in progressive states with educated populations do not accept their circumstances. In reality, we observe this all the time. By completing tests and earning degrees and diplomas, educated persons can incorporate educational qualifications. However, some of them do not act in a manner consistent with what is expected of an educated person in daily life. For us to realize that this is not an oxymoron but a reality in our lives today, let me provide a few examples from daily life.
‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn’
We can easily observe driving issues on the roadways, as the ‘educated’ elite is mostly responsible for the recent rise in road rage in major cities. They don’t try to follow the traffic laws and, if they do, they won’t admit they were wrong. On the other hand, they would prefer to force their way in or use their influence to flee. Even if we take something as simple as standing in lines at bus stops, railway stations, or other public offices, it is the ‘educated’ class that prefers to disregard the lines more frequently than others. When traveling in public spaces, some members of the ‘educated’ elite do not have the decency to offer seats to ladies or senior folks standing around them.
The value system and the morals contain rigidity that doesn’t allow the education system to change their behaviors. The foundation of this dilemma begins in an individual’s life from childhood. In Pakistan, a child faces a lack of basic necessities, a good education system, and sometimes ‘harassment’ along with unhealthy parenting patterns. Growing up in a hazardous environment has an effect on the development of the brain and other organs on a molecular level. Additionally, children who are always in a fight, flight, or freeze mode have brains where the survival instinct takes control and limits their ability to immediately create more and stronger connections to other sections of the brain that are important for reading and school, among other things.
So, the children in a fight, flight, or freeze mode conclude their lives in a shell and small narrow box of traumas, and distorted thought patterns. This further results in a frustrated and depressed young generation. Alvin Eugene Toffler, an American writer who is one of the world’s outstanding futurists, once wrote that the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. All these scenarios of their mental state and growing up with a conventional and very traditional education system lead to educated individuals lacking intellectual ability as our education system doesn’t promote critical and analytical abilities.
‘Educated individuals lacking intellectual ability as our education system doesn’t promote critical and analytical abilities’
A strong set of critical thinking abilities promotes confidence and self-empowerment. One can assess information to find solutions to complex situations and establish a belief by using analytical and critical thinking. In the developed states, the students are well taught the importance of such skills and they indulge young in their professional lives but here comes the rigidity again not only of our brains but of our authorities too who have failed our education system by not initiating such measures of a growth and progressive mindset. We have failed not only as individuals but as a society because we did not learn to unlearn the old traditions and phony values. The problem is unsolved because most individuals are either oblivious of or unconcerned about other people’s actions.
The question is whether we are even ready to discuss our difficulties or whether we are prepared to leave the country because that is the only option available to any degree holder. How long before we stop criticizing the government and start improving ourselves? Once the issue has been located, acceptance is required before moving on to a solution. The only difference is that we have to put up more effort to discover the truth behind the knowledge our teachers and writers feed us since we never truly check to see if the stuff we take in is accurate or not. We need to consider what our brains are fed. With a little effort, our brains will naturally change how we behave and expand our minds to new ideas. Only we are accountable for the lessons we learn in order to compete successfully in this world.