In the past I have posted uplifting, motivational quotes to help you along your way to graduation. Now, as we end our high school careers (with some of us having less than a month left of that metaphorical “prison” it is so kindly referred to as) we are able to look back and see the bad that is our current education system.
In fact, it’s not just quotes – Randy Turner gave an amazing article on “A Warning to Young People” about entering the education field. Many are saying that they can not handle the classrooms, because frankly, the students and teachers both understand if there is no punishment for their actions, their actions will not change. The classrooms are unruly and the young and upcoming teachers are losing their grip. However, he says that the “bad teachers” are the ones who give up on their classrooms. Which is becoming more abundant in our culture. Why, you ask? Because, as quoted by Turner, “That framework is being torn down, oftentimes by politicians who would never dream of sending their own children to the kind of schools they are mandating for others.”
On the other hand, we have many people who are always willing to try. Always. To the point of destruction. As quoted by Daniel Coffeen, “High school, it seems, has changed. It has become competitive. Young men and women — 13 to 18 years old — must work more or less tirelessly to ensure their spot at a college deemed worthy to them and their families. So rather than living their adolescent lives — lives brimming with desires and vitality, with vim, vigor, and brewing lust — these kids are working at old age homes, cramming for tests, popping Adderall just to make the literal and proverbial grade. And for what? So they can go to a school that puts them in debt for the rest of their lives. School has become a great vehicle of capitalism: it quashes the revolution implicit in adolescence while simultaneously fomenting perpetual indebtedness.”
In the article, What Education Should Teach Us, also offered by Thought Catalog, Kovie Biakolo says that, “It is true that Western hegemony has essentially framed the education process, and as a result, it has become an extension of capitalism. And as an extension of capitalism, the process has become a means to a real outcome. In the liberal arts, we are taught that something is real if it is real in its consequences. And the consequences of education can be a job in our chosen field, a promotion, a title, etc. These are all good things and we should be allowed to want them. But if our education endeavors are only for these sole palpable purposes and our acquisition of knowledge doesn’t challenge our beliefs and question our realities, then I don’t believe we have received an education; we may have received a degree, but not an education.”
Of course, with anything, there is room for improvement. Although I personally believe we have, as Biakolo said, boxed in our educational world – things can change. Things are always subject to change.