The illiteracy rate among people holding associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees is alarmingly shocking. Illiteracy does not only mean the inability to read or write. It is the inability to think. Most students are the end-product of a global educational system that, in its very structure, designed to produce conformists who are pre-programmed to parrot what they want them to parrot.
The critical and questioning mind is not meant to be developed and nurtured. Most graduates who became later professionals in their fields lack confidence in debating, critiquing, and thinking. They cannot come out of the shell to see a different world outside theirs. They have not been taught to do that and they do not need them to do that. They are like ostriches that dig their heads in the sand and pretend that everything is okay.