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Are we really studying relevant things?

Are we really studying relevant things?

We spend a major portion of our childhood in schools. The first memory associated will be that of the homeworks, cane sticks, tests and exams. We gain the distinctive images of books that have become fat over the years and there are some unusual subjects with strange things to study as we grow. Some of us cannot recollect even half the subjects we ever had!

What were the formulae used? What were the laws that we had by-hearted? What were the complex derivations that we derived for whole 20 minutes?! What were the highly confusing mathematics problems that we had solved? What was all the calculus about? Wasn't knowing how to count enough? We often wonder why?!

Is there a need to know things when they might never be needed in future? What if we had all spent time in learning what we really wanted and what we would use in our lives in real-time? Would it have made each of us appear as geniuses in the things we do?

What if there was an education system which was designed for a person's need and interest? What if the general norm of being an "engineer" or "doctor" is "the best thing ever" was broken? Perhaps, people would be proud of the things they did along with their designations, and the economy of the country would have been evenly distributed. Each one of us would love our jobs because each of us would have been experts in our field of interest!

For instance, there may be many students out there who wish to become well established singers, or writers or painters or dancers or sports person. They may have been forced to study for about 17-18 years (until 12th grade/ PUC) or more because of their society or parents who think in a narrow manner and are stereotyped that only a degree like the one everyone else gets is worth it. It's kind of late, when the time to choose a career comes by and these students (some of those who dare) chose to follow their passion to become what they always wanted to. Then they are forced to do it from the scratch, learn the necessary things required to achieve their targets. During this phase some of them may give up, because at this age when they are trying to focus, their ability to learn might not be as responsive as it was when they were younger and had better grasping capability. Some may become frustrated and end up being failures.

This wouldn't have been the case if their interests were nurtured. If we were all to learn those things that are required for our survival, then most expectedly we would do it with love and dedication. After all we are the ones who decide what we would do in our lives if we can't, then there are many people to suggest things one can choose from.

The world is not one dimensioned. Only one set or type of people do not survive. We need actors, musicians, writers etc to keep us entertained. We need scientist, mathematicians, chemists etc to help us in things we would not imagine. We need doctors, engineers, lawyers etc for what they do best. And we would need ourselves to give what we can to the world, with what we are best at giving. And this can only happen if we were educated about those things necessary for a person's survival in future. We can then avoid making people study a stringent set and forcing each one to become someone they would not have otherwise. Albeit, if the education system was all about teaching students how to "live" than how to "survive" in a "competitive" world (because everyone is doing the same thing! If you have to be known you must be the best!), then we would have all been geniuses!

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