Education:The fallacy.

The first thing our parents /teachers tell us about school is hardwork pays.
That reading hard will somehow make all your problems go away.
They make to us a promise of perfection, with good intentions of course.
Despite the fact that this is about to become a full blown rant,  let me first say that I’m personally very grateful for the opportunity to go to school.
I like to think of it as an escape route from everything that would have happened if I didn’t go to school.
As a matter of fact, I tell all my friends that what I am is a poser.
I have mastered English phrases, learned the meaning of hash tags,  and locations of Kampala restaurants and I wear a personality that is far from who I could have been.
I come from a place that exudes  hopelessness.
Where almost every person I grew up with either got married off at 15, or has a few babies or is on their way to getting those babies, or acquired HIV or died from it or has had all the above happened to them.
God played the hugest part in all this escape business, but this is about education so the preacher hat is going to be hang for a second..
Whenever I go back to “Ngombe A village, Busoro Sub County, Burahya County Kabarole district”, which sadly is often for a funeral,  I get stares, of admiration, that I some how have arrived at least by their standards.
As a consequence I always feel like a fraud, because it’s the farthest thing from the truth.
Let me tell you what my point is exactly..
It is a lie,  reading hard in school and having a perfect score on your report card just makes you survive the process.
It neither guarantees a bright future nor keys to the kingdom of wealth or fulfillment. I personally would have found that, very useful information from the start.
It would have been nice for my school experience to let me know that the world doesn’t owe me some sought of favor for making it to graduation ceremony in one piece.
Our education system is a lie, it’s a hoax, it puts so much pressure on academia and yet the world rewards passion, ambition and practicability.
The school system doesn’t make you arrive, it teaches you enough English to ask for a job you probably don’t want, but have an entire village staring at you, begging you to take it, so you can buy them soda the next time one of them succumbs to the consequences of not going to school.
It is so frustrating.
I intend to use this UgBlogWeek under the theme “School Made me no Better” to tell you all my thoughts on education.
The highs, the lows, everything in between, what we can do to improve it and especially what I am doing about it.
Happy blogging Ugandan bloggers and the rest of you guys I love you for reading.
Ps:Pictures herein belong to google

Comments

  1. Pesh

    Ths particular blog post gav me several reality checks n a whole new appreciation 4Mother Dearest. Thku 4 writing hny officially made my nyt

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  2. Joel Jemba

    This > “The school system doesn’t make you arrive, it teaches you enough English to ask for a job you probably don’t want, but have an entire village staring at you, begging you to take it, so you can buy them soda” Too much truth in some sentence. well done..

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  5. lazyobzy

    Thank you for writing about another side of education. It depicts the exact meaning that one can conclude from the fact there there is not much that we can get from schooling.

    — lazyobzy

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  6. kylefanning

    So true, I feel like even in academia people are unhappy with the work they do. Having the ability to publish whats real without conforming to educational standards is the key. Great read!

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