yes, the ideal situation for someone who has recognized the post-colonial cultural dilemma is for them to reject the “brand” altogether, and possibly reject the language of the colonial masters – english, or spanish, or french – and do things in a different way. But such tasks are often not something an 18 year old would consider, and even if they do consider it, to require them to give up everything they’ve had, including idea of a prestigious “UK education” and possibly the language that they’re most fluent in; to do these, and abide by not only a different set of rules but a different mode of existence altogether – therein lies the extraordinary difficulty. Only someone with a singular facility of will can take that leap. Furthermore even after they do, to be able to sustain it, to be able to explain to those around you the reasons behind why you’re doing what you’re doing- it is all very tiresome and demoralizing. Imagine saying that the reason why you want to study in Peking University instead of Cambridge is because of a rejection of post colonial sensibility to your parents who might not even understand post-colonialism? With such a move, bridges would have to be burned. The very fact that we are not dealing with a concrete problem, but one of sensibility, makes it much harder to solve.
And by the time one discovers the post-colonial issue after their “english” education, they’ve already entrenched themselves so deep into that culture that to extricate themselves would mean sacrificing an arm or a limb. First world problems really, but it’s a real problem to many people, one that implicates their perspectives on issues and their self-identity, including for myself.