The so-called global educational crisis reflects the inequality of people around the world, and it results in the difference in opportunities for personal growth. No system is perfect, and this fact explains the tendencies for over-emphasizing and under-emphasizing education as a whole (PBS, 2016). The complexity of the situation is worsened by the transmittance of cultural views and traditional approaches to the role of people in society. I believe that the best way lies somewhere in the middle, and the most suitable attitude towards education can be achieved through the exclusion of the factors that influence one’s perceptions.
One of the two extremes considering educational systems is the situation in India, where most people from rural areas either do not have access to education or have only limited access to it. The story of Neeraj proves that studying in the country is especially complicated for girls since they are expected to learn how to cook or do the housework rather than read and write (PBS NewsHour, 2015a). In this case, the traditional lifestyle happens to be more important than the apparent benefits of education. However, there is a positive tendency regarding the shift in people’s perceptions and their emerging desire to provide their children with opportunities to study and have a better life.
Another extreme is the situation in Japan, which is known for its demanding educational system and high expectations from students. The story of Ken demonstrates not only the benefits of such a system in terms of acquiring knowledge but also regarding the qualities children develop. Thus, they are not afraid of challenges and learn to respect others (PBS NewsHour, 2015b). In this way, the government shapes a literate and prosperous society. Nevertheless, this model is not perfect either since they put too much pressure on the rising generation.
PBS NewsHour. (2015a). Why it’s hard for girls in rural India to stay in school [Video]. YouTube. Web.
PBS NewsHour. (2015b). On the journey to meet the demands of a Japanese education [Video]. YouTube. Web.
PBS. Time for School 2003-2016 [Film]. LoudMouse Productions LLC, THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, and Independent Television Service (ITVS).