The Stress, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks of my Generation: The Education System Failed Us

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“Nothing says you’re in your early 20s like a good ole’ fashioned panic attack about your life choices and the fact that every move you make is extremely critical to what path you’re going to go down for the next 5 or 10 years but i mean it’s whatever.”

I found this quote on the Internet, and I initially laughed thinking “Hah, well, I see that I am wasn’t the only one!” but then I thought about something:

Since our early childhood, most of us are placed in institutions which are supposed to be preparing us for the future, to give us the tools and knowledge we need to get along in this world when we grow up. We spend many many years learning stuff, or, should I say: memorizing and repeating what we are told. Anyways, we come accross a lot of information and we spend a lot of time in these institutions. But, interestingly, when we are faced with important decisions such as deciding what university program and career to pursue, many of us feel petrified. This usually happens around the late teens and early twenties.

But think about it, before reaching this point we have become accustomed to following the crowd and being classified by other people into grades/levels/groups, we rarely took important life decisions for ourselves. In other words, we were completely separated from the real world. Yes. Unfortunately, around this same age we realize that things weren’t that easy in this world, and this realization may hit us harder depending on the country we live in and the social class to which we “belong”, and thus the challenges that we have to face. We may feel angry, bothered, irritated, and even betrayed. The truth is that our education system failed us, because many of us didn’t get the proper information about how to get along in the real world, in other words: how to survive and make and use money wisely. I see it as if we were initially little birds, taken into cages, and overfed theories and a lot of abstract information, we became accustomed and comfortable in this cages, and then we are suddenly left to fly into the wilderness, without having learnt sufficient practical information about for example budgeting to make the best choices in the future.

I once met a girl who went to a private and expensive high school in Canada, she told me that there she had taken classes of economics and even law. In her economics class she had a long lesson on budgeting and saving, in which her teacher taught her class and gave them tips on how to budget and spend wisely on a very low income. Many of us, especially from public schools didn’t receive this kind of practical and useful information.

What do the panic attacks, fear, and anxiety about the future of my generation tell us about our education system? What if schools were also graded on how much confidence they helped their students to develop? What if schools failed as well and didn’t pass some tests? What if we regulated them to make sure that children will be more confident and less petrified when they graduate?

I mean, after a decade of learning and learning information…we should be able to at least know where certain career paths lead us! Like what the day-to-day of a doctor or a lawyer looks like for example, we should be more connected and aware of the real day-to-day world, in that way, I believe we would be less petrified and would feel more confident, as we have a clearer idea of what awaits us!

This is my share of the day. My thoughts revolve a lot around education, as I believe in the necessity and inevitability of an “education revolution” in order to change the world into a better place for all. I also am very inspired by children and the youth.

Thanks for reading.

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