Last year my write up on being a stay at home mom got published in Women’s Web. It was accepted well among the readers. 14 months later yesterday, my inbox received another comment on the same. I am quoting it here.
Just one question. If you wanted to be a SAHM, the why did you study engineering and waste a seat?
I went back to the article to reply to the comment, but that comment was removed. My intention was to leave a smiling smiley as the reply because if you have read the article you would know that the question this reader posed based on this write up was irrelevant.
But this question “Why did you study engineering and waste a seat?” stayed with me. This is the problem we face in India. It isn’t education we are aiming for, but the seats and marks. My engineering education equipped me with more than the engineering knowledge. The experiences during that four years helped me in dealing the challenges in life after the college. And that is an impressive education because no parents, no teachers, no syllabus would cover those.
What disappointed me was that the people who have the means and sense to go to the sites like Women’s Web end up asking questions like this. Which I conclude as a failure in the education system. If someone wants to be an SAHM and still be a graduate or post graduate in any field, I will say go for it. My engineering wasn’t bought with money nor was the result of my religion or caste. I got the seat only because I cleared the entrance exams and was eligible because of my marks. How can it be a waste?
Another fact this person didn’t know was that I did my post graduation in MBA as a correspondence during my pregnancy and successfully complete after having the baby. And even today without a job, I still look for topics to learn, mainly programming languages. For some people, learning isn’t a waste of seat or time. It is a process, an on-going one.
What is your take in this? Is earning degrees a waste if the person isn’t earning money using that degree? What does education mean to you?
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