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The downfall of the “Modern Education System” – A brief perspective!

Education today – Matter of importance or a Business game.

Numerous institutions, several courses, 100s of curriculum still many of us struggle for jobs, compromise with our careers, do things that we don’t really ever wanted to do & drag a life. Education providers are pure businessmen these days, they are all about money, revenue & profits. Over promising & under delivering, no selection criteria just filling in seats. I don’t even need to talk about it, I am sure at one point of time whether it was for yourself, your siblings, your kids or anyone else, you have expected & have been disappointed with the education system you particularly chose after a lot of research consultation & study.

Education has become expensive, obsolete & unrealistic.

There used to be times when all students had to do was study, really really hard to get one of those 30 seats at a reputed institute. When individuals strived hard to cram their books just for that one scholarship. Today the scenario is different, we mortgage, borrow, lease & do all kind of financial compromises just to get our kids into a good institution (which by the way printed on its brochure that seats were limited but there were 300 students in the same batch). No one can measure the pain & disappointment of a middle class kid who sees another child having 5 backlogs in his school graduation exams & still getting into the same institution right next to them, but that kid won’t complain because of the fact that his guardian already mortgaged the house they lived in to be able to afford the tuition fee for the institution. Later in life this kid struggles silently carrying the burden of the responsibilities life has put onto him & forging a career into a future-less black hole of uncertainties. Who to blame? The student & his family for not making the right choice or the knowledge imparting body that apparently only counts a student as a customer account for the duration the students spends at their facility. Math takes five back steps when we talk about counting the number of institutions that exist & the ones that are opening all fresh.

Everyone wants a job no one cares about knowledge or qualifications.

Not only institutions but individuals contribute a lot more to it. The confidence amongst people, the self-belief of being able to fulfill own aspirations is flickering like the flame of a candle in rain. Everyone is running to win but unaware of the track they want to follow. We search for institutions who promise us a job even before we analyze our own capabilities or desires, or before we judge what we are good at.

This practice is not only killing the immense possibilities that wait in for us in future but also tie us, confined us to a net we weave ourselves. The worst part is, we realize this when it’s always too late & then we’re not left with many choices, so we pick up a topic & blame the institution we chose & curse it.

Value of what is taught is less, how much you spend to learn is more.

Truly the era of show biz that we have entered has impacted our entire human system. Just like we’re worried about what we are going to wear for the weekend party & what other people will think of us, we worry about which higher education program we should opt. Who gives a damn you scored 99% on your calculus exam the spotlight is on the average scoring kid whose dad sent him to that international university & it cost him a fortune. Exceptions excluded but that international guy will sure have an advantage & a labelled head start with the amount of money he spent on education written all over it in a job interview that both might take in future.

Academic competition is dying in front of advertisement structure.

No one cares what you do, the whole agenda revolves around what you say you can do.

Advertisement is a great tool & it has proven its worth to a fair extent in past few decades. But a matter as imperative as education, is it really fair to judge its authenticity with advertisement. I for one (despite of being from the advertising industry) think it shouldn't be. Now this should not be mistaken with spreading the word. Letting people know what you offer with highlighting its prospects in future is entirely different from creating a hoax & luring individuals into a web by making false promises.

Categorizing students is important categorizing institutions needs priority.

Education providers have a right to pick their students on what criteria they find is suitable. But we seem to have given them the power of making us believe that we are the chosen ones when in real we are just a part of their money making herd. No one can help in this, only we as individuals need to categorize & save ourselves from these so called self-proclaiming advanced institutions & choose what’s right by doing enough research & keeping our patience in hands. A stitch in time saves nine but why rely on stitches for the rest of our lives when spending a few more time units can actually help us judge & choose better. Makes sense? Don’t hurry, invest time & choose wisely.

Why educational marketing should be well thought over before implementation?

I am so glad that I work for an organization that has a prime goal of doing something different & with a focus of adding value to its associates in terms of education. Not just reeling in money.

Education is sought after, but it’s not a product that can be sold like a shampoo bottle. (We all know our hair won’t become like Julia Roberts like in those ads). Then why should we believe what salary we’d have in our first job even before we got into college. It is serious stuff. What it all comes down to is that education is no joking matter, marketers should not put their activities to an end but the hoaxes, fake promises, false claims & exaggerated know how, should be put to rest. This is an individual’s future & life, on a bigger frame isn't it individuals who form a country & the entire world.

An apology from “The kid in a professional suit on the college prospectus you are taking admission in without thinking”

“I was a part of that bright prospectus print used to lure you into this fancy education system & I curse myself I didn't say no to the fake propaganda & did not hold my fake smile back”

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In India, Engineering degree has become a basic requirement to do software job. The engineering branch does not matter. Major IT companies recruit mechanical/civil engineers for IT job. We need to restructure the engineering education in India. The basic engineering degree can consists of all engineering topics. We can call this degree as basic engineering (BE). After this, people can go for Post graduation with specialization in brachnes like Computer Science, Civil etc. Or, they have the option to go for skill based short term courses, like Hadoop MapReduce programming, NoSQL databases, data science, analytics etc. Those who go for the post graduation can be the real specialised engineers and those who seek job after BE can be just engineering workers. If we examine close, precisely this is what is happening. It is just a question redefining the current structure of engineering education.

Truly said Janardhan

Janardhanan PS said:

In India, Engineering degree has become a basic requirement to do software job. The engineering branch does not matter. Major IT companies recruit mechanical/civil engineers for IT job. We need to restructure the engineering education in India. The basic engineering degree can consists of all engineering topics. We can call this degree as basic engineering (BE). After this, people can go for Post graduation with specialization in brachnes like Computer Science, Civil etc. Or, they have the option to go for skill based short term courses, like Hadoop MapReduce programming, NoSQL databases, data science, analytics etc. Those who go for the post graduation can be the real specialised engineers and those who seek job after BE can be just engineering workers. If we examine close, precisely this is what is happening. It is just a question redefining the current structure of engineering education.

Things are very different in the US.

Most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates don't even go into STEM as a career. Fields which require degrees (such as medicine) will remain that way for the foreseeable future. But, in computer programming, people are entering the job market oftentimes without any formal computer science education. They may have been liberal arts students who earned degrees, or even complete dropouts like myself. 

Personally, I was unable to complete my degree due to the high cost of education. I was literally unable to pay tuition after my 4th year of college, despite a high GPA, working toward an honors degree, and having a strong application for graduate school. Employers in my area have been able to look past this shortcoming and I have been able to get jobs by self-educating and making sure that I have the specific technological knowledge and skills employers are looking for. Demand for software engineers is simply too high for employers to actually 'require' degrees (even if they say they do).

Personally, I am COMPLETELY DISGUSTED with the US education system. Most my friends are facing a lifetime of debt to earn a degree which doesn't earn them enough money to make a decent living. I have absolutely no interest in supporting this monstrosity and have no further plans to go back to school.

Thanks for the great article, I think it is timely and on-point.

Guess we all deal with the same issues buddy. Don't know how long will this go on. It took me 5 years of a job i hated just to payback my education loan. Same story. I am surprised it's the same in US the Indian system is deteriorating day by day too.

Sheldon Kreger said:

Things are very different in the US.

Most science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates don't even go into STEM as a career. Fields which require degrees (such as medicine) will remain that way for the foreseeable future. But, in computer programming, people are entering the job market oftentimes without any formal computer science education. They may have been liberal arts students who earned degrees, or even complete dropouts like myself. 

Personally, I was unable to complete my degree due to the high cost of education. I was literally unable to pay tuition after my 4th year of college, despite a high GPA, working toward an honors degree, and having a strong application for graduate school. Employers in my area have been able to look past this shortcoming and I have been able to get jobs by self-educating and making sure that I have the specific technological knowledge and skills employers are looking for. Demand for software engineers is simply too high for employers to actually 'require' degrees (even if they say they do).

Personally, I am COMPLETELY DISGUSTED with the US education system. Most my friends are facing a lifetime of debt to earn a degree which doesn't earn them enough money to make a decent living. I have absolutely no interest in supporting this monstrosity and have no further plans to go back to school.

Thanks for the great article, I think it is timely and on-point.

UNISA university of South Africa distance ed, BS in Mathematics cost of 4 year distance degree $5,500,,, check out the courses, not for the lazy or squeamish...

I agree that the US has a crap secondary institution system. This post doesn't quite do justice the obsoleteness of the education system in today's age. I am graduating with an B.S.E.E. this semester. I believe competitive education systems are great for promoting the most callous student.

Here are possible ways of cheating in today's Universities:

1. Having an old exam and withhold the information from the rest of the class (40% of the course)

2. Having online solutions to homework problems such as Chegg ( 10-15% of the course)

3. Begging other for HW solutions so they can keep an A 

4. Tagging along on group projects without actively contributing (20% of the grade)

5. Preparing for final exam with the advantage of receiving immediate expose to correct answers. (passive bonus)

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