Written on 12th Mar, 2017 in School
Why do I bother studying abroad, when it's so hard to be away from home and the tuition so expensive, you ask? Can't I get free education in the Czech Republic? Sure I can. The thing is, Czech academics have their opinion on things, which they feel very strong about. Actually, unlike academics throughout the Anglo-saxon style academies, they feel a bit too strong about themselves. They go through life, collecting various shortcuts placed in front of and after their names, boosting their own ego and enjoying the feeling of excellence in front of students. At least that's how it was a case of the Technical University of Ostrava. The problem comes when somebody is supposed to learn something from their two hour lectures, which in a sense are more of performances than lectures, or tutorials, where they keep having seemingly philosophical monologues on how stupid the students are. Literally, they keep teaching their opinions, instead of providing supportive environment and enabling students to form opinions of their own. Some of them just because they wrote a book and they feel good about it. If you want to approach them, they act like gods, taking ages to mark your coursework, preferring quantitative assessment, rights and wrongs, dos and don'ts... There are few, who are not arrogant, give honest advice and don't wish for you to fail, so that you don't reduce their employability. Of course, this does not apply to every single one of them, but I have not met many exceptions in my life. As a matter of a fact, one of the good ones has quit doing his PhD programme, probably because he shared my opinion. Now, of course the good-wrong and do-don't has a reasonable application in exact sciences, where you can't argue that shoving a handful of cesium into a lake might not create a blinding explosion. And this is what can be seen on the technical subjects taught in my homeland. Nuclear science, engineering and medicine thrive. But I decided to study economics. For a social science with some quantitative observations, you simply can't hold dogmas about any findings. Because people change. And so do economies. We are supposed to try out best to find all causes linked to past anomalies in order to be able to predict future and prevent fuckups which happened in the past. Regardless of our level of specialization (Businesses or countries), our main approach (Econometrist, theoretical), our political views (Socialists, Nationalists, Liberals). And if someone decides to go and teach us their perspective on economics, which is mostly based on a concept, which managed to fail brutally in the last ten years, how can we be expected not to fuck up in our professional life? In macroeconomics, there are multiple schools, each representing different opinions on real-life phenomena and their own approaches to solving various issues. I don't say that we must choose one o them and behave accordingly. But we need to know about them and recognize how compatible each of them is with our personal views. And that is what I get at Plymouth University and didn't get in Ostrava. Other Czech unis might tell you about their existence and all, but will still insist on that one of these is right and all the others wrong. And they will carry on behaving like gods. Until somebody comes and fixes it.