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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?

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    Apr 25 2014: could a person really reply to this conversation unless they had lived in a developing nation and seen firsthand what life is like there?

    Well, in the U.S. we emphasize education and yet there are a certain number of people working blue-collar jobs, a certain number of high school dropouts or people who only finished high school, and one might not feel huge discontent from those people?
    • Apr 25 2014: Careful, you're questioning assumptions. You could be burnt at the stake for that.
  • Apr 25 2014: Not in and of itself. Education coupled with silly expectations of what education is for can contribute to dissatisfaction in ALL countries. There are a large number of extremely naive and dim-witted (but educated) people who fervently believe the silly superstition that education will, in and of itself, produce a physically comfortable life.

    Of course, this is false, as any amount of sensible thought and examination will quickly reveal. Education is a tool. Education no more guarantees a more comfortable life than a hammer does. A hammer makes it a lot easier to drive nails, break rocks, etc. (depending on the type of hammer), so someone with a hammer is better equipped to do those tasks.

    But what if the poor sot has been given a hammer by hammer cultists and is left in a room full of screws or nuts-and-bolts? He should have a screwdriver or wrenches, instead! What if it's screwdriver cultists and the poor victim is in a room with NO HARDWARE AT ALL? Well, he's got that spiffy screwdriver and can't do anything with it, and the screwdriver cultists are at a loss--how can ANYBODY not succeed when they have a screwdriver? Screws are EVERYWHERE! Well, screws might be everywhere in the Land of the Screwdriver, but not necessarily in other countries.

    Education can be immensely helpful on the material level if it is a good fit for the place in which the education is being given. However, leaving aside tools and hardware, there are also benefits to education that are not material, but if your world is "How do I not starve?", those benefits are meaningless.

    That doesn't stop dimwit naifs (who are still educated) from telling their victims that "education" will solve all their problems, anyway. Thus, inappropriate education and unrealistic expectations lead to disappointment.
  • Apr 15 2014: The cost of education is carried by the economy. If the economy is slow then education will be slow, too, so there wouldn't be a surplus of expectation.
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    Apr 27 2014: Few years ago, I heard that in some country (doesn't matter which), unemployment reaches the level, that in front of the factory people are waiting somebody to die, and then grab and fight for place here.... After that, that country had big 'turn over', and I hope it's better now there. Just as VIctor Igo described in "Les miserables"
    I taught it's overreacting, but now I'm in position that it's almost same here in my country, but in some "elegant" way. I have graduated about a 2 years ago, but you can reach job here, just if you sawder to politicans, if you work on every single blackmail, they are using you, you have to smile, and than you are in "wider choice" for employment. I am educated, but without any "connections" or " politicans" I can just sitting home without job. Every competition for the job are rigged...
    If we want changes, we have to change our mind about situation. I'm sure that situation here would culminate to the level of rebel and things would change, and it will be soon because resentment is unbelievable.
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    • Apr 25 2014: Re-frame: Maybe we're an "overdeveloped nation" or a "peak development nation". Development has always been expressed in terms of heavy industry. We're there. We've been there for a while. We keep getting bigger, anyway. As you pointed out, people have to work somewhere, but there's no more "development" to go around.

      However, in any case, we are not "developing". A developing nation has "room", it has "unused industrial capacity". We have no such unused capacity. We're using it all. We are "peak developed" and need to find a different route, altogether.
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    Apr 20 2014: There are generally three types of people: First, the innovative, creative, and entrepreneural individuals who solve problems and create opportunities and jobs. The second are the educated and well-trained individuals who make good workers. The third are those who are neither the first nor the second type. To have more jobs, we need more of the first type.

    A society that provides an environment for success will have more of the first and second types of citizens.
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    Apr 15 2014: Yes, limited opportunities for educated folks in the developing world is depressing.
    I think we have to rethink education. Education should focus on societal needs and local impact; not only the trends in the developed world.