Education for the Dreams of Yesterday
Sure, we’re given the sciences, math, we’re taught to read and write, and this is all great. But what are we really learning in school?
Taking a step back, I first observe an absolute focus on being in your seat, ready to do your work at exactly X o’clock, and you can bet your tardies will be counted!
When you arrive, be prepared, and don’t you dare talk to your neighbor, right? Remember? Disruptions aren’t allowed, some behaviors won’t be tolerated.
While I do subscribe to the idea that one should certainly maintain a level of discipline, including punctuality, doesn’t it seem like we’re being trained to show up on the assembly line, ready to tune our bodies in and our minds out? Ready to listen and absorb all orders given to us?
If you don’t talk to your neighbor in today’s business world, you’re out of business!
So what are we really teaching here?
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of our ancestors have made a great living mastering this model, and in some cases, it may still be alive today. But the promise of going to college to get a good job that you’ll spend 35 years at and retire with a great pension are over!
We’re taught the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, which help us navigate life; however, we don’t focus on two HUGE areas, and I think it’s because, in all honesty, we just don’t understand them. These areas are:
- Self Management
- We’re thrown into this world with this gnarly meat wagon we call a body and this super-computer of a mind we don’t understand. We self-medicate and self-mutilate trying to find answers, and often never do.
- Money Management
- Taking a look at our own government we can see what a total lack of discipline we’re being taught in a fiscal sense. Money is the new secret. Our smartest don’t grow up to be scientists and researchers anymore, the study the financial markets and find ways to exploit them for much more money.
For too long I’ve felt suspicious of what skills we’re providing on a mass scale in this country.
And for what reason.
I certainly don’t want to go “full out chem-trail on you”, but I don’t know if I necessarily trust the world around me like I once did.
What do you think?