Education Crisis Part 2

I have recently finished reading the book I Am Malala and I’ve discovered something that probably seems like common knowledge. Because of a lack of education, people are unable to make the best choices for themselves and allow someone else to think for them. What I love about Malala is her inner drive and passion for education because she realizes that it can make us better people. An education can go a long way to helping us make the right decision in times of crisis. But in Pakistan, the government began dictating religion thanks to General Zia. Every school in the country replaced the religious studies class with Islamic studies. So rather than broadening the minds of the youth to tolerance of other religions, you only impress one point of view, making the populace easier to control because ultimately, they don’t know any better. Malala and her father both stress that knowledge has the power to solve so many of the problems that are begun by ignorance. Ignorance is what has allowed the corrupt politicians to take advantage of the people. With a proper education can people actually begin to think for themselves and not fall under the delusions of radicals such as the Taliban.
So how does heavy influence of strict religion by those in power affect our feelings of education? Typically, religion is what helps people develop a sense of morals and feelings of how to live their lives. Education can have the power to strengthen one’s faith in morals and ethics, and to live more tolerably with other people, yet at the same time, religion is so powerful to us as people that we would abandon all ideas of education if it made us question ourselves and lose the sense of security that goes with faith. This is how people like the Taliban and individuals like Fazlullah have such a strong influence, because they condemn education as a destroyer of faith. One of my favorite quotes comes from Immanuel Kant in which he says “Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction of another”.  It’s as if people like the Taliban take advantage of the people’s faith’s in order to satisfy their own wishes.  They tell the people that if they send their daughters to school, they will go to Hell. To people who are devout in their religion, this is a huge blow. They are abusing religion to keep people scared and in their place so that the people will not think for themselves
What struck me the most was the similarity between the Pakastani and American cultures. She says at one point how the people of her village are big with conspiracy theories and how they claim 9/11 was revenge on Americans for what they had been doing to people around the world. I don’t think this is too different from what Jerry Fallwell said about 9/11 being caused because God was angry with homosexuals, abortionists, and whatnot. I mean, it just made me think “Wow, people ARE alike all over aren’t they?” The people of Malala’s home think poorly of all Americans, while some Americans think that all Muslims are terrorists. Neither one are right, but yet they still think that because of a lack of open-mindedness.

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