Is There a Link Between Education and Democracy?
Over the years, the people of the United States have been chasing democracy. In fact, the entire country was established under the principles of democracy. Nonetheless, even over the course of two hundred forty-three years, and that is how old the USA currently is, the people are still not satisfied and continue relentlessly chasing it. My life experience has proven so far that nothing ever comes to us easily, so with that being said, we are on the right track. However, there is a very important thing to highlight. In order to fight for something, it has to be clearly defined and taking into account our meeting, it is not always easy. The fact that democracy nowadays is a very broad term itself, with a countless amount of facets to look at, not to mention that every person has a unique perspective about it depending on what it is important to them, I think the word democracy should be replaced by another, more precise word, or at least, have clear parts to it.
With respect to the purpose of this fellowship, which is democracy in higher education, I will take this specific perspective. One of the questions we addressed at the meeting is whether or not democracy leads to liberation for all. I truly believe that is actually the opposite. It is the liberation (of thought) that will lead to democracy for all. I am using the term liberation with regard to thought because it is my understanding that as human beings, we first need to utilize our full intellectual capacity before we can really move on to something global like democracy. One of the issues that arose during the meeting, is that people are unwilling/unable to participate in actions that are made for the greater good. One of our fellows, Stephanie brought up an interesting point, that apparently, it is so much more interesting to follow Kardashians, than to take serious actions to create democracy. The importance of raising children highly intellectually capable is tremendous. Apparently, reading books and educate ourselves is hard. With that being said, I think the government should really increase the amount of funding dedicated to education at all levels, but that is a completely separate issue.
As I said before, the liberation of thought seems to be an extremely crucial point for me. It seems very obvious, that people should not hate each other due to their differences in thoughts or opinions, but frankly speaking, not all people realize that. On top of the hatred, we create based on that, we are sometimes unable to provide a rational of our thoughts or opinions. At this point, I am slowly getting into my idea of democracy, if the word should still be used. It is a place where people are educated. All people. Regardless of race, economic status or cultural background. In my opinion, good education is key to such important life skills as emotional intelligence, interpersonal awareness, and effective communication. Humans are social animals, we survive in groups, which means that we need to be in touch with each other constantly. Only then we are able to achieve a truly democratic society. It all will come with educating one another.