Monday, January 19, 2009

Education and People

Education...is the bane of my existence...at times.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE learning and applying where necessary but some of the bullshat you must put up with in order to attain a higher degree of knowledge than necessary to function in this world sometimes gets my goat.

As far as education goes though, what bothers me the most are the people who assign certain levels of importance to people based on WHAT kind of education they have attained. I don't look at someone who has an Associates degree and someone who has a Masters degree and immediately assign more importance to the person with the Masters. I don't look at someone who graduated from a technical school and someone who graduated from an ivy league school and assume the person from the ivy league is the more desirable company to keep. I really don't understand people who judge others by how much their education cost or what they chose to be educated in. If the person is doing what they prefer in a world where it is so easy to do something you hate simply to pay your bills, I give you kudos for THAT....

So it baffles my mind when someone asks you where you attended school and you say Savannah College of Art and Design and you get a turned up nose like Art and Design aren't real things to be educated on. Click on this...this is someone who is not a "suit" but he works JUST as hard as a stockbroker who achieved an Economic degree from M.I.T....in my opinion, he just might work harder. And what does he do for a living? What is he? An artist.

I've been privy to certain conversations by women...giggling and keekeeing about some guy they met and how he has a degree in Economics, Political Science, and/or he is attending Law School. Kudos to those men; they've accomplished something a lot of people can't, simply due to circumstances. But one woman will mention this nice guy she met and how he is perfect...except he's only a teacher...writer...artist...photographer. My question is...when did these professions or avenues of study become lessened to insignificance? Why are they not as openly appreciated as someone who has a highly acknowledged degree that SCREAMS pay attention to me? 

If we didn't have photographers, who would capture the true essence of pride tomorrow (01/20/09) as the United States inducts the first Black president? No one...

If we didn't have artists, who would create life in paintings, graphics, and sculptures? No one...

If we didn't have writers, who would continue to expand others minds with the words that are carefully put together to offer you a masterpiece that excites your senses? No one...

So the next time you hear someone or you even fall into the category of brushing off someone because they didn't attend some school known for what you deem degrees to be proud of, think about where you get all your entertainment from...your relaxation...your fond memories. It is the people with the "little insignificant" degrees and professions that make that all possible... 

7 points of view:

a black girl who did date said...

Amen sister!!!! When women talk professions, the are speaking about money. But I need them to get out of that man's pocket and build their own wealth.

jeanette nicole* said...

All I can say is that I agree with this post 100%. Too many people are caught up in whatever status they think comes along with those Ivy League schools or advanced degrees and forget about the actual person behind the titles.

BetBeze. said...

Lol sounds like you're talkin to those status-chasers. There's no status in being a teacher. (which, is one of the most underappreciated professions IMO). You can't 'brag' about your man being a photographer for a wedding or freelance or an artist or whatever. Women like that date dudes they can brag about because they don't have anything to brag about on their own. I know I'd have more interest in the person who went to Savannah Arts and Science (which I saw a pamphlet for and it's esspainsiff as hell!) than an Ivy League. And since i've been in college, the coolest people I met weren't the people on campus, but people who didn't even go to college. The people at college were boring bourgeois and retarded.

CG said...

I totally agree. I fell into that trap when deciding which school to go to, only to realize that in the end it doesn't matter all that much. Shoot, I'm smarter than some of the doctors I know. I think it's way more important to be well-rounded and have the education/life experience combo behind you. Don't know about you, but I also get tired of people asking me what I do. Maybe I'll tell the next person I'm a 'pole technician' for a few toots and giggles :).

Mista Jaycee said...

It just goes with the territory. When I'm out performing and selling a chapbook. I took alot of time to put the book together, edit the content and practiced performing for hours on end in order to put on a show that might only last 15 minutes and give a few dollars or a few thousand dollars. In the mean time the resturant, bar or coffeehouse made money cause people came to see me, and enjoyed their services but artist are not appreciated.

Oh well.

Jaycee

Assertive Wit said...

@ black girl: I think about the mind state of women who are in a certain age bracket too and I notice it far more amongst a certain age group than anything else...I guess as people mature (for some people that comes with the aging process) they realize that all that stuff really doesn't matter at the end of the day if you are really looking for someone who cares about you.

@ jeanette nicole: I had someone reference their degree the other day while talking to me as "my ivy league degree" and instantly wanted to wretch...for one, the school isn't REALLY ivy league; it is for the South though. And second, no one cares, shut the hell up (is what I really wanted to say) LOL

@ BetBeze: Hands down, the coolest people I know either don't have degrees OR don't put that much emphasis on their education being their only saving grace to their identity. Status Chasers make me cringe...

@ CG: I'm MORE than tired of telling people what I do. I noticed when I tell people I'm a writer they kind of get this look on their face like I'm not that interesting. When I tell them that I'm a Business Manager and I run an Accounting Department, all of a sudden I'm impressive. Granted, I am both but at this point I'd rather just tell them "If I told you I was a drug dealer would you really care" LOL

LMAO @ you saying "pole technician"

@ Mista Jaycee: It's too bad that it has to come with the territory...people are idiots sometimes. Hope you keep up the hard work though!

ChiChi10 said...

The only way I'll pay attention to sombody's degree is if I'm the freaking hiring manager. I really could give a shit less.

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