Hard questions need hard answers.
You want your child to learn and be able to be financially free?
Or just learn with no thought of ever being able to be financially independent?
If its the latter good for you.You being a parent will know the best for your child.
But if not read on!
I was a child, a teenager doing odd jobs and tuitions even before I was eighteen so that I had the extra money for the library charges.The books I wanted to read were not free.
What kind of changes do you wish to see in the education system in India? Learning cannot work like an assembly line. Why can’t children choose in high school their focus subject and graduate with that?
Neha asked us to share our ideas about education.
Here is an honest reply.
My mom struggled to give us a good education.Typical Bengali middle class for which I am so very thankful.I never want to lose that very middle-class sensible gene.
That’s what made me realize very early in life (I was in the eighth standard) that I wanted to study hard at something which will help me become financially independent, quickly.The last part many wants, but not the first one.The only way I can explain my burst of teenage wisdom is Gods blessing and my Moms prayers.
I also wanted to be happy.
Plus be helpful to society.
The last part was courtesy our Principal, Sister Ann Imelda at school who told us to be women of substance and not just decorations.
I loved drawing and dancing, but research showed the chances of being financially independent with these two would be time-dependent, luck dependent and an extraordinarily long process.
Also, I was too sensible for the glamour stuff.It looked too fickle and short term.
Even now in modern India, parents want you to try traditional professions first.
A doctor or an engineer after five years and four years of training and suitable internship are capable of supporting himself/ herself and if needed his/her family.
Few other professions will let you do this.
With the industry and employment scene dismal in many states this is a hard truth.
But a necessary one.
Do you know in India only about one percent of the population pay taxes?
I do, you do and we are a rare segment of the huge population.
What does this have to do with education and learning?
Anything which is not economically viable is destined to be unsustainable.Figure that out.I am sure you understand!
With the state of chaos and privatization in Medical education and engineering colleges, quality, quantity and monetary factors have crept in.
If private colleges for either is considered, the cost prize of educating and to break even that cost is too much for the majority.
But not so in a government college.
If you ignore the economics of education and just focus on wishful thinking, good luck to you.
But if you want to focus on sustainable growth, the economic viability of education and care about the usefulness of the skill developed, we can have a plan.
While on one hand, parents go bonkers about STEM education, those same set of parents at the onset of careers are confused about the next step.
Hard Truths which are unpopular
Education should primarily help you learn.
If you don’t learn a skill if you are not good at something, why would anyone ever want your services, products or why would they pay you money?
The world is a market and if you want to make a living you must offer something useful.
Very important secondary goals are a must.
Happiness at what you do.
My humble suggestions: Don’t kill me!
It would be wonderful if children during their higher secondary education learn a creative or a vocational skill.A little bit of internship at these subjects will help a lot.
- Like few visits to a hot kitchen in a 3 star.
- Or a day at the music studio or a professional dance academy.
- A few days in a hospital ER.
- A few afternoons in a factory making hardware.
- An evening at a newspaper office.
This will help them have a taste of the real-life people lead to make money.
Why not let them, visit you at the office and the other professionals you know at various workplaces?
I am a Doctor I love it.
I am a medical teacher.I love that too.
The above helped me start my blog on my own hard earned money and to make it financially sustainable.
I wish I could have taken a few more creative English writing classes in my high school and photography classes.
Maybe a few marketing and entrepreneurship workshops and more knowledge at value investing,
All my education, those geography classes, and the history lessons, maths and science help me.
I gave tuitions, earned money became self-sufficient early on and learned saving when people wanted to spend.
I learned to cook and clean and can manage my home.
I learned to draw and paint and I do that with my child all the time.
I also started writing on my blog roughly 10years after I stopped learning the English language as a subject.
I understand the need for entrepreneurship, sustainable growth, good management skills.
I also understand the need for the all-round development of reading, learning, experiencing, working hard and choosing to be financially independent at a very young age.
So yes we need changes.
- Positive Ones
- Proactive ones
- Changes which make young adults creative entrepreneurs, able to have multiple careers simultaneously if needed.Creative entrepreneurship is about thinking out of the box in whatever career you choose.About being smart and sensible.
Creating a sustainable career which is viable.
Earning money from your career is a priority.How do you pay your bills otherwise??Until you educate your child to support themselves are you really helping them?
Educate, learn, grow.Soul food and real food both are needed.Don’t miss the forest for the trees!Like it or not, this is the exact thought blueprint which helped me be me.
But that’s me!
For youngsters reading this:
Do what you want to do, be what you want to be.But always remember if you are not financially independent, if you can’t find one person other than your mother to pay you for your skills, life is going to be tough
May God always give you good sense and empathy!