Reflections on the Conversation by Sourav Bhattacharya

Reflections on the Conversation

Adults are always considered practical and realist. They are purposeful being who think for themselves and those who are close to them. Talking to adults of both the privileged and under-privileged category, made me question two important notions which were exhibited during the conversation. Let’s take the under-privileged category. Many were quite satisfactory on the account of leaving their school before finishing as they didn’t like studying. Working in an unorganised sector was sufficient as enough money was earned to live under a roof and feed themselves. This notion of disliking studying isn’t unknown to me; and I have seen many individuals in my school time who were never interested in studying. However, I believe that it’s not that they are destined to do something else apart from studying, but that they just haven’t found the right thing to focus on. Students often lose interest in studying yet they don’t drop because they understand the importance of education. To inculcate the importance of education, and not provide an alternative for dropping out is a task which should be undertaken by parents and teachers. One doesn’t drop out because one loses interest in studying. There are other factors such as parental pressure, availability of an alternative, lack of role model, poor grades, and unavailability of resources to study to compete with other privileged students. Dropouts is a serious concern of the state and the education system, and we must bridge these gaps in order to prevent it. There is another twisted notion which I came to know after the conversation with privileged adults. This is regarding a belief that if unorganised labour become educated, there would be a lack of carpenters, artisans, blacksmith, and peasants etc. The essence of education isn’t to advance one’s career, but to liberate one from the veil of ignorance present within an uneducated mind. One can be a graduate, a carpenter, and an inventor. One can be a peasant and write poetry. It is necessary to break the hierarchy of occupation, educate the educated, and then only we can move towards the uneducated. Illiteracy deprives an individual to achieve more than what he does, and make him vulnerable to the exploitation of the literate class. It is through education that we would be able to stop child labour, illiteracy, and poverty, and break the triangular paradigm.

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