Almost eight years ago, I received the e-mail below from a brave girl I was teaching at that time.
She was in love with a boy whom I had taught. But as it turned out, his higher education made her feel small and worthless.
I wish higher education were a little more about education and a little less about being higher. It is arguably the height of the “higher” that towers over education. The education takes a backseat to the identity it creates—the identity of a person who is “someone.” There is something that happens to a person when they are part of or graduate from a top-notch business school. Not shocking though. When the output of higher education is valued more than the education, the system is bound to see a dearth of good, healthy minds in the so-called brightest minds.
Over the last eight years, I have received many, many such e-mails, letters, messages, etc., from quite a number of people. Those stories have scarred me, left me wounded.
How do we learn how to treat each other as human beings? I am yet to find a reasonable answer to this question. Clearly, being literate is not the same as being educated.
By the way, the lady in the e-mail made her way to one of the most-respected FMCG firms in the world. She has earned her position through her hard work.