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Why is this article even being written? Of course, people should invest in education. There is no question that resources, whether that be time or money or effort, should be allocated towards education. On his very favorite podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, comedian, TV show host, sports commentator and podcaster, Joe Rogan once noted, “Isn’t the goal, and wouldn’t it be nice, to have less dumb people?” This statement, no matter how crass or blunt it may seem, cannot be truer. However, the truth is that the figures just do not reflect this.
There are a several ways to look at the idea of investment in education.
Beginning with oneself, then to a federal or government level, and then a global one. Most people are familiar with the first level of education investment, the personal choice. People have to be willing to take on the commitment of getting a proper education. For most households, this usually falls on the parents of the child. The parent must want to invest in their children’s education and provide for them the resources that they need to succeed. Then at a certain age, the onus will fall upon the student. They must want to continue their education and see what the years ahead have in store for them. Now faced with the majority of parents and students will naturally want to invest in education. But the unfortunate reality is that in most parts of the world, education is a luxury that few can afford. Sure, in developed nations education is readily available to the point where it mostly takes for granted, but the rest of the world is not so lucky.
The sad thing is that some students and families may want to invest in education, but they have no means to do so. It is why support from the federal government is so crucial.
Most politicians and parties will often use education as the main talking point when they are trying to get elected or seek to get the people on their side. Unfortunately, promises surrounding education are often left by the wayside or under delivers. It is most likely because school mostly sees as something that does not generate revenue. It is considered to be a service that provides to the people, often for free or at cost. It is seen, as an expense. To call this viewpoint sad would be a massive understatement. Politicians and governments that look at education in this manner are losing out on untapped potential. By supporting, building and funding education countries can develop highly skilled professionals that can not only contribute to society on a personal basis but also to the nation’s health through taxable income. Educational institutions may also produce entrepreneurs that can build the business (not just to the scale of mom and pop stores), but large enterprises that may potentially employ more civilians. However, by ignoring people’s innate need to learn and be curious, these so-called leaders are only increasing the burden placed on already-strained social systems like welfare and food banks. Now, with that said, there is a noticeable difference between how one group of people from one part of the world views and approaches education than another group of people from another part of the world.
Cultural differences do play a part when it comes to education. One cannot merely investor have their parents invest in the teaching if it is not something that culturally enforced. Take the Japanese culture for instance. Japan has one of the highest, if not the highest, literacy rates on the entire planet. A strong emphasis placed on achieving and maintaining good grades and getting into prestigious schools and programs. Students are not just expected to attend school during the day, but also attend “cram school” in the evenings. This additional schooling is on top of extracurricular activities, homework, and household chores. Contrast that with most of sub-Saharan Africa, rural parts of South America, and even places in the United States, where the focus of a child’s development does not revolve on receiving an education, but rather merely surviving and putting food on the table. It is in no way stating that they are less deserving of an education, but rather their priorities are different. However, if people of different cultures gave an ability to communicate with each other and share ideas, it may be possible for the concept of placing education first to spread throughout the world. It will undoubtedly receive a knee-jerk reaction, as most new things do, however, the fact remains that it is called investment for a reason, in hopes that it will blossom and grow in the future.
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