Imagine that you are an owner of an international corporation that does business on three separate continents. You were well-regarded and appreciated by businessmen to wherever you travel, but all of a sudden, because of an economic downturn, you began to lose your power and became bankrupt.
After that, slowly but surely, your company started to reconstruct itself and you started to envision of once again become an influential company all over the globe. What type of thoughts would you think in this kind of circumstance? Your dignity would possibly be quickly refreshed, but you could also make the possibility of allowing unnecessary pride keep you from making wise decisions and understanding the reality.
The concern is that Turkey's history resembles that of a theoretical entrepreneur described above. After becoming among the leading authorities on three different continents, the Ottoman Empire turned out to be Europe's sick man. Currently, the sick man is getting better. As Turkey experience a true sense of damage regarding its handling concerning European supremacies, it has a probability to overstate each success, specifically with regards to the economy. On the other hand, a lot of these achievements are perhaps hypothetical and temporary, possibly even unintentional.
The reality that Turkey has a great rate of economic development doesn't imply that it is capable of showing similar thriving performance at some point. If the country has a dream to once more develop into a world power, it can't take action similar to other developing nations and Turkey needs to further determine its weakness. Turkey's main weakness is its weak performance in education and if the country makes significant attempts to reconstruct educational problems that are present between Turkey and other countries, it will just keep on aspiring of becoming a world power.
To begin with, it is best to understand Turkey's situation. Based on TurkStat (Turkish Statistics Institute), since 2009, almost 7% of the total population of Turkey was uneducated and almost 20% hadn't finished school, though are able to write and read. Almost 25% had finished primary education whereas only approximately 7% had completed school from a university. Since 2011, just 70% of students finishing primary education continue high school and over 3 million students either begin working or just stay at home. The standard year count that Turks have spent going to school is only six years. In this case, if Turkey wants to become a world power in the future, they should be investing more in education.
The budget of Turkey for education in 2012 is almost $20 billion (universities aren't included), almost 3.5% of GDP (gross domestic product), which has been showed to be the republic's history record. In contrast, the standard amount of gross domestic product spent in education by Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries is almost 4.6%. As the OECD nation wherein students spend the shortest standard educational years, you would suppose Turkey to further spend on education than the average of an OECD, specifically if you would consider its educational account and eagerness to become a world power once more.