Who is in charge of your education?

You are.

How often do you take charge of your education? Not often enough.

Think about it. How many times in the past week have you taken charge of your education. No, not by dutifully completing homework assignments – but by looking critically at where you stand and how you want to develop as you receive and education. Every day? Every two days? Not even once? Do you know what it means to take charge of your education?

Besides completing the required coursework and doing well on test taking activities (specific words chosen for a reason…), which nowadays seems to be a clear cut way to receiving a diploma, your education – your development and growth as a active, thinking person –  also very much shapes where you stand, how you perceive and what you think about the world. It is likely shaped and changed daily.

When you do not think about and act upon your education as if it is something important to you as a person, who will?

The government? Look at the state of your education system. Can you point me to a government in the western world who does cut into education budgets in a recession? The merits of education are widely accepted, yet the execution is not a direct priority it seems. A trend even in times of economic prosperity, it seems. Your electorate does not seem to care much, even though they conveniently brand you as the hope for the future.

The institutions? If it is dependent on a government budget, well you know where the focus is now. If it happens to be a private institution, the your diploma is what they’re selling. And if you don’t get a diploma, what are you paying for?

The professors? Aren’t they hired researcher who teach on the side? It is not that they do not care, but likely they are experts in their fields rather than educators.

The responsibility falls upon you to think of how you want to develop, and take charge of the movement into the future.

In the end, it is not what you know that signifies you as a person, it is who you become in the course of your life. You decide whether your education is best left to people who do not have your best interest at heart, or not. That is the first step.

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