It’s all about numbers and facts…
I’ve been thinking a lot lately and that too about a single subject. The current (or modern) system of education. I realized it’s a system of numbers and facts. These days, you need all sorts of degrees, diplomas, etc etc… If you actually wanna work somewhere. It’s turning us all into robots. A persons’ worth is determined by how much that person got in a particular test or exam or whether that person has the said degrees or diplomas. Nowadays it’s all just testing testing testing. Yes, while it is important, it should be helpful, not a burden. In school all they do is force feed facts and students are expected to remember all the facts so that they may use it in an exam. And then what? After the exam is over, almost everything is forgotten but are our lives any different? No. Would it have been be any different if we weren’t fed those facts in the first place?
They say school prepares us for life, and while that may in some way be true, what they’re really doing is preparing us for a couple of tests and exams. Maybe that’s the reason a lot of people have no idea what to do once it’s over. Coz what they prepared us for is over. It’s like an isolated system. School teaches us how to do this and how to do that, but they only teach us how to do THIS and how to do THAT. It’s become almost industrial. Like a straight factory line where it only leads to one end. There shouldn’t just be one straight line and one end, there should be multiple lines with many branches leading to different ends and goals. It’s not the facts that matter, but the ideas. To me, education shouldn’t be about learning a bunch of facts, it should be about learning to think in our own way. Teaching us how to create new ideas and therefore, facts. Education should teach us to be human. Humanity should be brought back into education. When someone is dieting but not really losing any weight, is it still dieting? In the same way, when a teacher is teaching but nobody is actually learning, is it still teaching?
The current system of education, was developed to meet the needs of the industrial revolution. If you think about it, because of the current system, there are more chances for someone to fail if they continued with the system. Because they may not be able to meet the requirements that the system demands. Take Newton for example, he had no choice but to stop studying because of the plague. If he continued with it, he might have become a really good student, straight A’s, merits, the teachers’ favorite, who knows? But he wouldn’t have become what he is today and what we remember him for. It’s because he went his own way, and found his own path. There are more examples, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates. They didn’t go on with the system, they made their own path.
Each and every one of us is unique and therefore, just one linear system will not cut it for every one of us, and I think they should realize that. Someone isn’t less of a human being just because he/she failed an exam or test. Everybody has something new and different to bring to the table, and to me, that’s what education should be based upon.
I’m sick of being taught, I wanna learn.