Challenges of education in times of change

For a 21-year old young person it is difficult to develop an idea about the educational complexity in Brazil. However, the immersion exercise in different social realities can generate equal society conceptions and contribute to the debate. Currently, the routine during the day of living with low-income microentrepreneurs (at least most of them) who have never been in touch with formal or social education, and at night studying in one of the country’s most elite colleges, generates a profound consciousness revolution.

In 2015, I completed a technology company internship near Faria Lima Avenue, one of the main economic centers in Latin America. This was an important period in my life, so I could understand how economy really works and the company’s organizational model.

For me, it was a shock to see how most people, on a certain scale, went into a standardizing process of their life, clothes, subjects, and consumer goods. It is necessary to create a parallel world to maintain the economy structure and our work. It is very clear, just by looking at their job positions, who had access to a renowned higher education, and those who did not have such opportunities.

In this period, I concluded that a large part of the population never had contact with intellectual or creative development. The contradiction is that people who have had access to education are far from their roots, and this generates the individualism acceptance. And at the same time, the people who carry out low-value jobs are those who have the collaborative spirit for survival. It must be understood that the major social innovations in the world, those that guide societies, have arisen from freedom of thought, or from consciousness contact.

In Brazil, the social contradiction is strong. The fact is that there is only one territory and the different realities construction, result in the day to day expression of the main prejudices. This dynamic ends up pushing away people from the common good. It is necessary to understand that humanity is one, and social well-being must be universal.

This story complexity is to see how spaces that should be dedicated to intellectual and creative development, for example, universities, do not serve this purpose. In addition to the fact that very few young people have access to these opportunities, and those who do, don´t even try to develop the desire of having contact with another reality. Having sad that, we can come to two conclusions: We are living the educational collapse system and the most valuable education arises from the true human interaction.

We need to break the walls and value people. Do not underestimate them. Education is currently used for individual purposes, rather than collective interests. The central debate is whether we should think of a project where all young people, with different realities, have the same space to exercise creativity and interact, or else, we will continue living in a world full of spectacles and images that only reproduce what is imposed. Thoughts will only be delivered through true human interaction.

Rafael Fonseca

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