Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HEAR ME OUT: The Flawed System of Education

For the most part, how far you get in today's society heavily relies on post high school education. Thats pretty much a fact. However, to even receive the opportunity to go to a university depends on your performance in high school right? Right. That concept seems pretty logical and for the most part, its fair. In high school, some basic classes needed to fulfill your requirements usually consist of algebra, english, life science, chemistry, etc. And that's the problem! When do any of these subjects come into play in normal day-to-day situations? THEY DONT! So why is it that we need to thrive in subjects of no real significance to....life? We should be educated on subjects such as stress management, finance and credit, love and relationships, health, technology, the human mind, and communication. Tools that will actually ready us for life after high school.
From day one, school teaches us to conform, to be robots. We eat when they tell us to, raise our hands and be picked before we SPEAK, work upon command, and socialize when we hear a bell ring. If any of those things are done upon free will, we are punished. Every single day, from the time we're in pre-school til our last day of high school, we are told to Pledge Allegiance. To stand with our right hands over our hearts, staring at the American Flag. That sounds a bit like CLASSICAL CONDITIONING to me (see Ivan Pavlov). These principles that are fed to a young brain, which is still developing, are imbedded in the mind and after several years, become ones way of life, all under subconscious hypnosis.
I can remember times in high school and even college, when i failed subjects like Algebra 2, and it hindered me from being where i needed to be requirement wise, which ultimately set me back from my career. The way the system works, if we excel in these seemingly irrelevant and non-useful subjects, then we receive an "A" and are deemed as "smart". If we don't, then we receive an "F" and are perceived as a failure and "stupid". That makes no sense whatsoever. Those who continually lack the grasp of concept, over years, feel like failures not only in school, but in life overall. Those who do average, feel as such, and those who understand feel and act successful. Therefore, those who are "smart"(sarcasm) are granted the opportunity to work towards the careers of their dreams...everyone else, well...not so lucky. And that is exactly how our country is divided, The successful and "smart" (sarcasm again) are the few at the top, the average are in the middle and constitute our Middle-Class America, and the failures die off. Sad but true. To conclude, education and "success" is not based on how smart you are, but how responsible you are, as it takes responsibility to run a nation. REAL LIVE!

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