we've always been told that studying equips us for the outside world. the skills we acquire from education will enable us to make better decisions and overall be a successful person. and we do. we stay up until the 24th hour, exhaust our brain down to the last neuron, and try to earn those A's even when we are completely devoid of fulfillment.
they never told us what to do when the outside world begins to fall apart.
of course it has been crumbling down even before, the ruination merely hiding in our plain sight. remember when you read your first lecture on marxist theory? or when you saw this facebook post asking for donations because people have been laid off from their jobs? or when you have wasted so much time just getting ONE document from your city hall? these not-so-little things in amalgamation make you realize how truly flawed this outside world is. it even gets worse when the flaw begins to permeate the inside --- our education system.
it's hard to make sense of stock price formulas, data forecasts, and indifference curves (i'm an economics student) when the system does not care about your welfare and conditions at home. it insensible to prepare students to be part of an utterly ruthless world, as if that's the standard thing to do. when did education become equivalent to placing learners in an ignorant bubble, when its purpose should be to create generations of empathetic, creative, and open-minded people?
maybe this is just me getting burnt out from studying for my exams, but at the core of it all, i know it's more than that. things are not going to change for the better in a single snap, but i sincerely hope to be the person who pave that road. i don't know if that is going to happen, if i am doing it now, or if i am being hypocritical of my words, but i think we can all agree that we deserve better.