Hello everyone! So I am starting this new series called 'Monday Talks' where I'm going to sit down and address social matters, spirituality, my experience, my opinions, just life in general.
There are so many thoughts running in my mind all the time, so I decided to create a blog series and put them in words, so all of you can read it.
I'll try not making it very personal or boring, just general issues worth pondering about.
Today I'll talk about a very controversial topic, ACADEMICS. Will your achievements in academics affect your future or not? Is it really necessary? Is the hype given to academics in India, really worth it? Does academics define who you really are?
You can't entirely agree or disagree with any of it. We DO need academics in life, but it does not define one's potential or one's knowledge or skills. Getting good grades is not important, knowing how to apply the acquired knowledge is very important. So your academics does NOT define you, it only shows your mugging up skills.
I'm not even kidding, I know so many students who get amazing grades, but don't know sh*t about what they are learning, they just blindly mug them up and vomit all of them in the paper and take pride in their good grades. I have found myself guilty of doing it.
You can't entirely blame the students for this, because a lot of teachers are not ready to teach the students the true applications of the knowledge they are providing.
Do anyone of you remember your math teacher explaining to you "how to apply algebra in a real-life situation" or " how to apply calculus in a real-life situation " or " How to apply the truth table in life"
No. I was never thought all that. I was just thought the formulae and was left to figure out 'how to apply them in real-life' by myself.
How on earth am I going to know or even learn about their application? What's the point of teaching how to solve a problem when you don't even know what the problem is?
Students are treated as computers. Teachers feed in some formulae, gives basic instructions as to where to apply the formulae ONLY in the exam, not in life.
Now speaking of whether we require academic in the future or not, it really depends. If you aspire to be a doctor or an engineer, then, ase go get some education because you don't want to be in the operation theater, not knowing the basic human anatomy or you don't want to be the engineer who planned a fly-over out of proportion! That's dangerous.
If you are planning to be a singer, dancer, musician, businessman/ businesswoman, entrepreneur, artist, etc, then your academics isn't really necessary for you, maybe for an entrepreneur or a businessman/ businesswoman academics might help them increase their existing knowledge, but again, its not a necessity.
Sadly, these days students are put under immense pressure to get top grades by BOTH parents as well as teachers. Students are cracking under pressure and many of them are suffering from depression.
Yes it is true, academics is leading to depression when actually the role of academics should be to provide students with necessary knowledge and wisdom to live a happy life.
Our education system is messed up. Only numbers/grades matter in our current education system. They don't care if the student has actually understood the concept or not. As long as he has an A+ or a 100 in his marks card, he's good to go.
The main reason why parents force and pressurize their children to get top grades is because they want their children to get into 'safe jobs' like medical, engineering, banking, architecture, etc. especially in India. Parents don't even consider art, dancing, singing, boxing, football, cricket, swimming as a career. They consider them only as hobbies.
Jeff Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, is a technology entrepreneur.
Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world, is a business magnate and founder of Microsoft Corporation.
Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world, is a business magnate and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Bernard Arnault, the fourth richest man in the world, richest man in Europe, is a business magnate, CEO and chairman of LVMH.
Mukesh Ambani, a billionaire, is an Indian business magnate, the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited. His net worth is $5470 crores
Mariah Carey is a singer songwriter. Her net worth is $300 Million
Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist. His net worth is $40 Million
Steve Jobs [ my inspiration ] ,an American business magnate, CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. His net worth was $10.2 Billion at the time of his death in 2011.
Did you know that Steve Jobs never wrote computer code for Apple.
"He wasn't an engineer and he didn't do any original design, but he was technical enough to alter and change and add to other designs." -Wozniak.
Steve Jobs was a brilliant businessman. He didn't know coding himself, but had the ability to get others to do it for him. He had the talent to gather the right people for his dream and get work done by them. He had amazing leadership skills.
According to most Indians, only doctors and engineers can earn decent amount of money. Then how on earth did the aforementioned people become filthy rich?
No offence to any doctors or engineers, you guys are amazing and the society very much needs you, but the majority of the richest people on earth are businessmen/ businesswomen. Sorry to break it to you, but this is the truth.
An engineering degree or a MBBS alone wont make you prosperous, You need to learn how to market your talent in order to become rich. Unfortunately this isn't taught in your MBBS or engineering course.
What I'm trying to say is, we need to break the stereotype and become more open minded. I'm not trying look down at doctors and engineers.
So dear parents, stop creating an illusion to your children that a MBBS or an engineering degree is all that they need to become successful.
Let me tell you something, all the aforementioned successful people, became successful because they followed their dreams, they were passionate about it. They weren't forced by their parents to take up their current path. It was their own decision.
So if you want your children to be successful, stop forcing and start supporting their dreams.
Hope I made sense and didn't offend anyone of you.
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