This is something that's been long overdue, but finally I can express as to why our educational system is utter crap and why it has absolutely no place in modern society. If anything, I argue that it in fact makes people dumber, and I'll explain why.
Originally, I despised school just like every other kid would. But as I got older and doing mais research around the internet, I soon realized that our school system is broken and doesn't educate children - or at least, doesn't educate them properly.
The modern dia school system was founded during the Industrial Age, back in the 19th century. Back then, schools weren't meant to educate children so they can become rich business tycoons in the future, but to make obedient factory workers. Think of it like this: your work for about 50 to 60 minutes, wait for an alarm to inform you that it's time to rest, you relax for about 10 to 20 minutes, repeat the process, do exactly as they tell you to make it, etc. That's the exact same way schools work. They meant to turn us into effective factory workers because at the time, they were necessary for the time period. However, as time went on, we moved passed the necessity for factory workers in favor of entrepreneurs and inventors who changed our world. Unfortunately, while the times and culture changed, our schools have not. Schools barely changed over the years and with the rise of the internet, they became a rather obsolete method to teach children.
One key indicator of how backwards this system is the fact they forget that all children all different, with their own unique talents, passions, weaknesses and disadvantages. Every child is unique who are really good at some things but not so good at other things. But that's perfectly normal. The school system on the other hand arrogantly scoffs at such a ridiculous idea and forces down our throats subjects that we'll barely if ever use in life, and when we do get our dream job, we may not be very good at it since we spent our time studying for a worthless grade instead of perfecting our crafts. Imagine if a doctor gave all of its patients the same medicine. The results will be catastrophic, yet this is happening almost all over the world.
Originally, back in my 9th grade, my Romanian teacher asked us what kind of purpose school served. I answered: "To educate us about several subjects that we can use in the future and forge our own careers with it. If we weren't good at one job, we can use the knowledge from other subjects we learned to our advantage and get a different job." The teacher said that it was a beautiful idea, but only now I see how much of a jackass I was. I used to think of school as a sanctuary of education, but now I only look at it as a cesspool that indoctrinates children to become ovelha, ovelhas with no sense of imagination or individuality. We all have to adhere to how the system works, otherwise we're declared failures and can't get any jobs. Yes, I do agree that learning about culture, history, literature, other languages, and other such things are necessary. It's just the way they're teaching it to us that's the problem. We live in the age of the internet, when every information we need is easily accessed por a simple google search. My father even told me that when it comes to Mathematics, gathering, decreasing, multiplication and division are the only things I'll ever need in life. The rest of the horsecrap they teach us is just a complete waste of time that we won't ever use, not even for programming. I used to disagree with him, but now I see how right he was.
Over these years, the internet has been mais of a teacher about the world and its many aspects then all 12 years of school ever was. I learned about people, history, art, other cultures, cosmology, religion, politics, music, biology and literature, all thanks to being addicted to the internet. I also researched about sex, how to drive a car and several other things that they never taught us, when they really should. I also watched a lot of internet critics who helped me develop the ability to think critically and pergunta everything around me.
Remember what I said about schools not understanding the idea of individuality? Well, another aspect they forgot is children who have other problems to deal with. Whether it be abusive parents or parents who argue a lot, or children with mental problems, such as depression and anxiety, autism, ADHD and Dyslexia, which makes school a living Hell for them. They're berated for things that they cannot control. Yes, there are special classes for children like these, but most of the time they don't care and only expect you to have really good grades and pass the really hard exams.
Another problem with our educational system is the fact that it doesn't teach children to become leaders. It doesn't teach how to do anything. It doesn't teach practicality. No fellow high school students I've ever talked to mentioned they ever took an investment course. This is an example of what students need because we all need to save for the future. We are pushing students through many disciplines like Mathematics and History, but forgetting we use about 5 percent of what we have learned in high school in the real world. We need to push students towards practical subjects that develop real world skills instead of what might barely be used in the future.
As it is today, school teaches children to conform. At school, children are taught to obey orders and blindly follow what they are being told. Children are told what to do, no matter if they like it or not. Children stop trusting their inner voice and conform to what authority wants from them, which tremendously suppresses them and, not surprisingly, makes them depressed and unfulfilled.
School teaches children to be uncreative. Children’s imagination is wild, but school does wonders to suppress it. Children can be incredibly creative, but the Arts are almost nonexistent in most schools around the world, since a career path in the Arts is usually not considered as profitable.
Mistakes help us grow into wiser beings, but school is teaching children to fear failure, as if it is some kind of an evil they need to avoid. Children at school are told to study solely in order to pass exams, and those who fail at exams are looked down upon, sometimes even mocked at, as if they are failures themselves. Therefore, children learn to do their best in order to avoid making mistakes, which only prevents them from trying to achieve any new goals they’d desire later on in life, lest they will encounter possible failure.
School teaches children think play is something bad. Children find tremendous joy in playing, having fun, laughing, doing things for no reason or goal other than play itself. Play makes their coração pulsate with happiness and turns their life into a celebration. Slowly, however, as children grow up, they are taught that play is not good, since it’s not something productive, and that they should consider it simply as a waste of time.
School teaches children to associate money with success. It makes them confuse monetary gain with successful living. At school, children learn that the primary goal in life is to earn a good salary, and are being told to sacrifice almost one third of their lives forcing themselves to learn and do particular things just so that they can get a degree that will allow them to work later on as corporate slaves.
Thus, children stop pursuing their passions that would give true purpose and meaning to their lives, and instead do dull things that only burden their psyche and which merely help them to survive but not to truly live.
Want to hear some depressing stories? There are several instances where I attempted to commit suicide all because I got a bad grade in school. I'm not kidding.
First was back in November of 2015, on a Sunday evening when I was at my father's house in the neighboring town of Cuvin. Me and my mother were studying for a really hard exam in Math, and I barely knew a single exercise, even though I studied for them. My mother got angrier and mais frustrated whenever I didn't know anything, even got to the point of her drooling and her face becoming red. She eventually gave up on me and told me to just flunk the test. After she walked out of the room we were studying, I started crying but tried to keep it quiet. I started to believe I was some kind of failure and that I was a burden to my family. I was crying for fictional characters to be there to comfort me, and I almost ended my life with a pair of scissors from a nearby cabinet. I messaged what happened to my best friend and he calmed me down with a story he told me about an accident he had when he didn't know anything at Math.
The segundo happened back in November of 2016, in which I only got bad grades all day. Not helped por the fact that those grads were from exams and projects that I worked hard for, so it felt like all my hard work was for nothing, which is what depressed me even harder. I was contemplating suicide all day, and even accidentally told it to my mother. She broke down crying and for the seguinte months, we've been visiting psychiatrists and I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and ADHD.
The third one happened on November of 2017, when I received a bad grade at Romanian for an exam. This time, I almost went through it. I didn't have the guts to cut my wrists, so I cut my shoulders instead. Sometimes, I even scratched my chest until it started bleeding, because I thought I was a failure and I hated myself.
That's what school does to our youth and I'm beyond angry that nobody's doing anything about it. Back in November of 2017, for History class we wrote an essay about the differences between the schools in the past. I pointed out the difference and even the flaws that our system has. The teacher agreed with me, wholeheartedly and everyone else clapped for me. She liked my essay so much that she took it with her, and two days after, two kids entered Geography class to make us sign a petition that will be sent to Congress in Bucharest, to change the Romanian school system to the Finnish one. I was so overjoyed with the news that I instantly signed it. However, over a ano and a half have passed since then and no news about any reformation. Which just proves that there are some shady and scummy people in congress who don't want change and want to keep us ignorant.
My dream is to one dia mover to the United States and become an animator, or voice actor, or artist. However, school does nothing but hold me back. I suffered from anxiety and depression because of the pressure that school put on me. I was constantly bullied in middle school, and my parents say that this is necessary, when it really isn't. They said that if I drop out of school, there's no way I'll ever be able to go to the USA. What's even worse is that I barely have time to my hobbies, such as drawing or writing, because I'm forced to recite some stupid crap about Romanian or History that I don't give a damn about! I know about the War in Crimea of 1854, and that the temperature of the Mediterranean sea is influenced por the Sirocco wind, but I know jack squat about perspective, how to animate drawn objects, how to pay my taxes, how to create a business, how to open up a checkbook or a credit card. Seriously, I could get so much mais done if that accursed Romanian didn't breath down my neck. I want to become a better artist and person; that's why I worked hard in becoming a student at my current Art School. My problem used to be that I have great imagination, but I simply didn't posses the capabilities to draw them. That is until I had enough time to practice at início during vacations and holidays and now I'm a better artist. However, because I'm nearing the end of senior year, I have to dedicate my time to studying for Romanian, History and Geography to pass some stupidly hard exams in June of this year. So, I have very little time to do the things I'm actually good at. I'm want to draw mais and become better at it, but school is in my way. I had to delay a rather short artigo of mine for a mês because of school. Not only that, but Romanian is the subject that I'm the weakest at. I'm forced to take extra-curriculum classes, tests at my house, write essays, watch Romanian dubs, read, etc, until I fully know it, despite not being interested in it. In my opinion, nothing is sadder than wasted potential, but school doesn't just waste my potential, it wastes my life.
Another thing that irritates me about schools are the teachers. Most of the time, they're rather nice people, but the problem with them is that they inform us, not teach us. They make us memorize the info, but fail to make us interested in what they're teaching, besides scaring us with bad grades. However, some teachers simply don't care and are clearly just there for the pay-check. And sometimes those teachers will talk in a boring and tedious way, but when someone famous like an inspector comes to class, they do a 180 and try to look nice, but when the inspector isn't present, then it's the same dull classes, over and over. Made worse por the fact that teachers are informed about the inspector coming to class, so they have enough time to prepare to make themselves look good. The problem with this in certain situations is that instead of keeping it as a surprise so the inspector could see the teacher's ineffective way of educating students, the teacher already knows what to do, so the inspector will have no idea what actually happens during periods.
But don't take my word for it, here are some choice frases por famous and intelligent people who perfectly describe why our educational sytem, from an objective point-of-view, sucks:
"College is a place where a teachers lecture notes go straight to a students lecture notes without passing through the brains of either." - Mark Twain.
"In scool, students cheat because the system values high grades mais than students value learning." - Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." -Albert Einstein.
"School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teahers behaved like seargents. I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam. What I hated most was the competitive system there, and especially sports. Because of this, I wasn't worth anything, and several times they suggested I leave." - Albert Einstein.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a peixe por its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Albert Einstein.
"God made the idiot for practice, and then he made the scool board." - Mark Twain.
What makes it even worse is that school starts so freaking early that children are forced out of beds, when they need plenty of sleep for their development and growth. por forcing them to wake up early, it will only make them mais tired and bored and thus, will have no interest in the horsecrap that the teacher spews out. Plus, it will only make them mais depressed and lonely. Made worse por the presence of bullies, delinquencies, school shootings, dropouts, etc.
Oh, and lets not talk about the fact that they force us to learn and use excessive words to write essays with, or that they distort the past to push an agenda down our thoats! Cut us a break...
Is there a way to fix this issue? I'd say it's easier to adapts the Finnish school system, but the problem is that Finland is economically different from a country like the United States, so adapting it to that country or others simply wouldnt work. I actually came up with a solution myself: after the children learned basic composição literária and reading, on the first dia of school, give the children a piece of paper on which they can write down what type of careers they wqnt o have and what periods they want to attend to. After that, the students are only given the subjects that teaches them about the carrers they want to have. I know it ain't perfect either, but it could work in my opinion. If you disagree with me, that is perfectly fine.
In coclusion, schools are a cesspools of indoctrination that exists turns people into ovelha, ovelhas with no sense of individuality. That's just my opinion of course. I may be wrong and if I am, I apologize. But this is just something that has been bothering me and I wanted to sharebit with people. Have a nice day!
As usual, Smell ya later!