02 4 / 2013
Sometimes I do miss how people in China, Taiwan and Japan respect people with higher educations. A high level diploma is enough to draw respect immediately, one thing to mention is the worship toward teachers as a career group, even the job is no longer associate with high education. I believe it’s due to the respect people have toward knowledge and teachers just happen to be a symbolic sign of the source of knowledge. Moreover, ppl are not limited to only diplomas, but rather sensitive to any form of knowledge acquired, experience in Japan is just overrated!
What I found fascinating is how openly people show their respect. Someone with occupation as a teacher is immediately addressed as Mr. In Taiwan and Japan. Higher education like master or higher could bring material advantage like higher position career wise or attention in the marriage market. And the above mentioned, the respect one receive as a benefits of higher education, I have never experienced in Sweden.
Here, higher education is a matter of choice, one get higher education fir self develop reasons, or as personal interests. The sense of sacred, knowledge was portrait in China, Taiwan and Japan, is non existing here. The general idea of no one is better than others make a PhD as equal as someone with minimum required education. Which is definitely a weride phenomenal in many places besides the countries I listed above.
But isn’t it just wrong, that the effort one put in to pursue more knowledge and theit achievements, like a diploma, is not admired, appreciated, but taken for granted. During my years of living here I have never heard in any situation, between any actors, that `wow, u r a master/doctor, you are doing a tremendous job’, nope, not a single time!I believe it’s a devaluation to everyone that work hard to gain knowledge.
And to the argument that Swedes do think this way but not allow to say it laud, well,that for sure contributing!
03 6 / 2012