For all my life, never did I ask myself the reason why my parents sent me to school. I have spent almost my entire life going to school and studying at school. I started when I was three, now I am eighteen. For fifteen years, I do the same routine, for fifteen years, I was enslaved to be a student – who does what the teacher says and who makes religiously what the teacher requires, for fifteen years I have this idea of going to school because it is necessary. Why necessary? The answer wasn’t clear to me, yet. I just felt like it is necessary because someday, my education may help me become the person I want to be; of course, I got that idea from the society around me.
It was not until this Tuesday that I started questioning myself why I am studying. Why do my parents have to send me to school? Why do I have to invest my time and effort engaging into this affair? For all my life? For what? For success? To succeed? What are its bases of success? Is it for knowledge? To be highly intelligible? Practicability, yes. Practicality, no, not at all. Or is it for wealth? Practicality wise, yes. I have known many people who now turned awfully rich and they weren’t even sent to school. No education at all. Yet, so damn rich! I have also heard a lot of UP students who failed in their respective careers, now they’re wasted. At the early years of these iskolars ng bayan, they were basically doing good and nothing less than ideal. Dreaming for a perfect society. I mean, there is nothing wrong with it; but it was too much, too ideal; too good to be true. Pardon me if it seems to you that I am so pessimistic. And for that you think I don’t deserve the people’s taxes for my education. It is just that sometimes we need to be practical. Yes, it is necessary to study, but I think what deserves to be checked constantly is on how our future will go and on what basically awaits us.
Before I am going to account this confusion, this madness, let me ask your side about this. Why do you study? Why seek education?