Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Perfect Job...

The perfect job was advertised last night on a network I'm registered with. I can't apply for it for various reasons, but suddenly I found myself looking at it going, 'Yes! That is what I want to do!' I haven't had that experience in a long time.

My plans are in line with doing a job just like that in the future, so I'm not heartbroken that I can't go for it now. If anything, I see it as a confirmation of sorts. I'm keeping the details under my tichel on purpose, so please excuse my vagueness but you know how it is when you say too much too soon and then you get all angsty about it. Who needs that, right?

I had a bit of an epiphany about education.

We go on and on about the importance of a good education, and I found myself posting the following on social media the other day...

I commented that I truly believe this and that is why I find myself falling out of love with academia lately. Now, that might seem like an odd thing for someone doing a PhD to say, but I think it's quite healthy.

Education is very important. Education is liberating. It empowers people. One thing it should liberate people from is cow-towing to people with higher levels of education because education is not everything. Often people see education as some kind of hierarchy. The better your education, the more worthy your opinion. Somehow, if you have a degree, or a doctorate, your thoughts on EVERYTHING are supposed to be more valuable, more valid, that those of people who have less education than you.

Here's another brilliant meme I saw yesterday...

The most important thing about an education is that people learn that everyone is valuable, whether or not they can express themselves grammatically correctly, whether or not they speak eloquently, whether or not they understand political correctness, whether or not they are aware of forces that dominate them that they will never be aware of without 16-20 years of education... Respect and compassion do not require degrees. I used to think academia was a kind of utopia of higher order thinking where people did better because they knew better. What I found is that academia is very much just like everywhere else. There are lots of lovely people who are trying to use all they've learned to make life better for everyone, and then there are people who are just interested in making life better for themselves or hanging out in what they believe is the rarified atmosphere of the educated elite. Sometimes, I catch a whiff of distinctly stale, cloistered air. I hear mutterings of, 'This is how it is, how it's always been, this is how things work.' Sometimes I sense that for some the status quo is a source of comfort because they have found 'their people'.

It isn't this way for everyone, thank goodness, and a lot of my peers feel the same way I do. We want to do more than turn over ideas, we want to change lives. When I saw that job ad, I saw the opportunity I'm looking for to do just that.

PS. Oh, And I just want to say a huge CONGRATS to my friend Robbie on his scholarship for his Masters in Teaching - you said you'd never get one, you were WRONG!

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Good Job!