Sometimes when you stand on the outside looking in it enables a person to observe what appear to be obvious things that others overlook-not always, but sometimes.
Education as an example-lacking one myself there are certain downsides-but advantages in the sense of having avoided the formulaic approach many public schools take and the indoctrination that accompanies it.
I’ve had conversations over time with various people and the opinions have have covered a broad spectrum- some based on a contempt for anything associated with the white world.
Others, and the vast majority, believe it is an important element to lift the nations out of poverty and dependency.
Education and skill sets directly translate to empowerment- the ability to improve the conditions of ones life, that of others, and entire nations.
In that context I see them as an essential, a necessary vehicle to make our way-to become empowered and masters of our own destiny.
Some see it as assimilation, but I believe education and assimilation can be decoupled-though that isn’t the way it was originally presented to us.
Assimilation is a reality-if you doubt that look around on the net. At least with the tools education can provide we can make a choice where historically none have existed.
Reliance on checks and assistance removes the ability to make choices-as does failing to understand how language and legalese are too often a contrivance to manipulate.
Education could mitigate substance abuse, be it alcohol or drugs-it could address the issues of gangs and crimes. It could even instill a measure of pride related to standing on ones own feet.
Better I think to market ones own abilities and job skills than tradition and ceremony-better to earn a living than rely on a subsistence level lifestyle provided by others or make a career of seeking donations.
Education could, and is, providing our own skilled healthcare providers, something sorely needed-it could lead to all our children attending our schools and being taught by our teachers. It is, and can create opportunities.
I see education as a positive-not a threat. How much of an asset it can become is related to the approach and what the desired end result is.
No one is going to hand us a bright future-we need to make it for ourselves-we need to invest what is required as individuals to earn it by our own hand.
No one understands the issues as a people we face better than we do-that understanding should galvanize all of us to forthrightly address them with a singleness of purpose.
Our preference, our goal, should be to bring something to the table-our table-rather than being consigned to sit at another’s.