- Carlie Yeung
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With limited opportunities, is education creating feelings of dissatisfaction in developing countries?
From a distance providing education always seems like the way to go. But what if creating new opportunities can't keep up with the amount of people with newfound expectations? It creates a "Flowers for Algernon" effect where those living in a certain circumstance gradually become more dissatisfied with their lives as knowledge increases. Ignorance is bliss if you will. We all like to say that everyone should be in professions like lawyers and doctors, making lots of money and driving nice cars. The fact in the matter is that we ignore the less glamorous jobs like farming or trash picking. Sure, in developed counties some people may choose such professions. What about in developing nations when choices are limited and jobs working in factories and domestic work is necessary for survival? Is it almost cruel to put out these goals without creating the opportunities within their circumstance? Is it cruel to let a teenage girl with responsibility of her family on her shoulders of what she could have but can't?