Wait, Education?

Most middle or upper-class children dedicate at least 12 years of their lives to education. But why? What’s so good about education that we spend thousands, if not millions, of our money to sit in classrooms and listen to people talk about what they know?

In my 11 years of education that I have had so far, I can guarantee you one thing: Education systems in school try to teach hard facts. Hard facts, physical facts, things that just can be explained universally.

Grades are also a way to label people universally and rate them and these grades are results of the physical facts that are taught to us.

I’m not saying that’s bad, don’t get me wrong. Learning chemical reactions and how to compose an essay probably will benefit my life one day, some day. But at the same time, is that good?

Slowly, one by one, we become just like each other, knowing the same things, saying the same things, and wanting to be the same things. So in the future generations to come, we will all be exactly the same apart from those exceptionally genius beings.

But instead, schools should be educating us on how to be ourselves, how to be one of a kind. We should learn how to have opinions of our own and how to express them with confidence. Sadly, schools are doing just the opposite. Though they tell us to be one of a kind, they make sure we are one of a kind according to their rules.

There should be education systems that teach us to be ourselves and to love ourselves. Sure, it’s mentioned here and there, but no, it’s never actually taught and talked about too much.

Where’s the benefit in an all same world, though? If everyone is just like everyone else, what’s the point? Why attempt to make new relationships when you know that they will be exactly, think exactly, and have knowledge exactly like you? And then once there are no human relationships, there is no more world, and kaboom, there goes the end of the world.

Okay, okay. That was extreme but I was hoping my use of hyperbole will help you understand more vividly. I tell people that their hyperbole takes away their credibility but hey, I hope you get the point.

In this generation, the education system that we have now teaches its students to believe and know facts or more vaguely things that can be proven. This is why schools don’t teach about love or hate. This is why people don’t talk too deeply about morals; there’s nothing that can be proven concretely.

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One comment

  1. noracpm · May 6

    Hanny, I like how interactive you are with the reader through your words.
    In your second paragraph you write, “Education systems in school,” which sounds redundant; I’d recommend either using “education systems” or “school.” I really like your phrase “one day, some day” in your fourth paragraph. This sentence is followed by a question, but I don’t quite know what you mean by “that” (part of the question). Maybe this is because the question is separated from what it’s referring to by your comment. Either way, this just means that you can be clearer about what you’re referencing. You do a good job in explaining what education should look like. My question is, what would a “well educated” person look like under the system you’ve suggested. Thank you for this blog post 🙂

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