Monday, 30 September 2019

Quality of Education

One of the most common complaints I see and hear about modern schooling, is that “It doesn’t prepare kids for modern life.”. There is no arguing that isn’t true, but that complaint itself highlights a far bigger problem. The complaint leads to the obvious question of, “How do we improve school so that it DOES prepare kids for modern life?” And that question is what led us to the hellish excuse for education we call “school” today.

The Australian Education System Illustrated

Now you are likely reading this thinking, “But that makes sense, we need to work out how to make school prepare kids for their future jobs, their modern lives.” I’m afraid if you’re having that thought, you are the problem.

If the world were a beautiful, wonderful utopia, where all people lived to follow their purpose and led happy, exiting and fulfilling lives, that indeed would be the ideal of education; to prepare kids to live in that amazing world. Well maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s fair to say that doesn’t well describe the world we live in.  The world we live in is a festering hell, rapidly descending toward eternal suffering, or complete destruction.  Whether by nuclear war, the newly renewed obsession for infanticide, or a drugged up police state, the current direction of our future is a dark, dark place.

And preparing kids to slowly suffer and die in that dark future is hardly an ideal goal for our education system.

So then the obvious goal for any worthwhile education system formed in a dying world should presumably be some at least vague and pitiful effort toward eking out some slightest hope for longer term survival of said world.  It should be to prepare kids to create a better future, not to live in the terrible one that exists.

If you send your kids to school in the hope that one day they will get to be educated well enough to live a quiet, hopeless, existence in an 8-6 job, hoping that their entire family doesn’t get raped to death when their government decides to declare war on the neighbours in a disagreement over whether infanticide or genocide is more morally correct; perhaps you’d want to reconsider if that’s really what is best for them?

Perhaps programming kids to think it makes sense to have a purposeless job just to earn a living isn’t helping to create a better future society?  Perhaps beating down their individuality and creativity for the sake of having an easier to control class may not be the best way to develop future leaders?  Perhaps drugging any child with an ounce of life left in their body isn’t going to help motivate them toward future greatness?

Perhaps, just maybe, the purpose of school should be to teach kids how to communicate effectively, how to learn new things, evaluate data themselves and make tough decisions that actually matter?  And maybe when they have worked out what their passion is at a young age, rather than locking them away until they are in their mid 20s, telling them how vital their schooling is, until any personal conviction they have is utterly drained, maybe it would be a good idea to actually encourage the able to be able and get to work creating a better world?

I guess the plus side of the current system is that it does bring about equality.  In that no matter how well or badly any child does, the entire human race will end up equally dead in the long run.

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Crush their dreams, their hopes their lives. Crush them till they're dead inside. Make them beg and weep and cry, beat them till they’re dead inside. Drag it out and blank their minds, drug them out, they’ll be dead inside. Degrade their soul, their love, their joy, deny all purpose till they’re dead inside. No hope, no freedom, no escape, no chance, slaves from the begging to the last. Blind them, burn them, make all hell consume them, betray them, destroy them, every moment, they must be all made dead inside.

-The Oath of the Australian Education System


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