I apologize in advance for bumping in this thread, but I feel strongly about the issue of school. I felt compelled to spill out my opinions on the issue of school.
School, as a concept, where students go to learn about different subjects, or in some cases, just one, is a good thing. But the pioneers of early modern education have perverted the concept of school, into molding factory. Students are molded into model citizens, those who don't graduate are said to become outcasts, even though many dropouts don't work minimum wage jobs, or at least are happy with their lives.
Many schools today, in particular public schools, are disgusting. Filled with apathetic teachers and dimwitted "star" students, it's nothing but a nesting place for germs, apathy, and teen angst.
Self-education is the best way to go, in my opinion. While others argue it's more responsible to stay in school, I think it's more responsible to educate yourself, be in charge of your learning, instead of having a nanny teacher teaching you everything. Educational reform must come sometime, it's horrible schools are in such bad educational shape, especially American ones.
And don't get me started on censorship in school...
Welcome to the machine...
You want that piece of paper that promises a successful life, so you enroll and pay the money. Once they get their hands on you, they'll make you a proper citizen alright...
In reality, I think very little brainwashing goes on at school. This is because students don't care enough to take any of the ideas they are presented seriously; most of them are being "educated" by their parents, friends, and the media, which could only be worse than what the teachers at school are instructing. Then you get to higher education, where everything is learned for about as long as is required to regurgitate the information in time for the final, and then forgotten along with large quantities of alcohol.
There's a point to school. To some, it is learning. To others a party. To most, getting a job, and having a party in the mean time.
The only reason I still attend school and I don't just grab a backpack and get lost somewhere Chris McCandless-style is because I consider school a social obligation to my family and to society.
I can't say as I enjoy school much, because I hardly learn what I want to learn. And a lot of the in class time is wasted, coloring, cut and paste assignments for cring out loud!!, in my biology class!!
And what is the point of essays when we aren't allowed to do them at home. No time for perfection, especially when there are so many structural factors that get marked. " You can't use pronouns, lead in must be coherent, quotes must be given author's name and page number....." And only given two periods in class, only allowed to bring in "quotes" for writing the essay. Silliness.
And chemistry class, . "Lets review the periodic table. Please recite the first twenty elements of the table" Oh yeah, like we didn't do that in grade nine. :rolleyes:
Hopefully world issues class will allow for some opinion, and actually give understanding to society.
Physics has yet to get theoretical and imaginative. Yes it is al about theory but thats not my point.
Fire drills like every two weeks. Waste of a period.
And the boring way a teacher grasps a textbook so precisely during a lesson. Heck in english class (grade 11) we never got a lesson. How ironic, theres still plenty to learn, why not semantics and linguistics, or even logic.
So again, what's the point of school, besides the education (academically speaking). [If it weren't for other aspects existing I wouldn't go as much as I did]