Formal education aims to prepare an individual to stand on her own feet in her adulthood.
In a way the education system has been reasonably successful . The system has generated engineers, doctors, scientists, artists, lawyers, mathematicians , managers, mechanics, plumbers, fitters, wiremen…the list is long. They have been able to earn their livelihood in a varying degree ,depending upon several factors, including their own efforts.
We see scientists and engineers finding solutions to some real difficult problems . We see lawyers arguing incessantly and making their clients happy. We see executives managing great companies and in the process enhancing the shareholder values to unprecedented levels.
In the process, they also earn handsome remuneration for themselves ..which they very well deserve.
The question we need to ask is : is the aim of the education ONLY to prepare a person to be able to earn a living? Is there nothing else in life, for which also s/he needs to be prepared?
Do we not hear of a CEO committing suicide as he is unable manage the stress ?
Do we not hear of a bank chairman ‘looting’ the bank money and finally getting arrested?
Do we not hear of some high ranking executives misbehaving with their female colleagues ..and getting fired in the process?
Do we not hear of some high profile names indulging in insider trading to earn some extra bucks?
Do we not know how children of the some of the ‘highly successful’ persons fall in to depression and become drug addicts?
And we surely know of very high profile couples going to courts for a protracted divorce case!
Has our education prepared them to face these situations in Life?
Does our education teach us to be honest?..to be respectful of the rights of the others?
Does our education teach us to be emotionally strong to face any challenge that the life may offer?
Does our education teach us how to make the right balance between professional and personal life?
We all know that the answers to the above questions are CLEAR NO!
Indeed our education prepares us for earning ..not for a happy living !
Let us ponder over these !
I would welcome some thoughts on what needs to be done.