In the past the way we were taught was through oral speakers—much like the classrooms we have today—but this sort of communication of knowledge is increasingly becoming obsolete. The wise ones would pass on the teachings and the history of their generation, to ensure that the next had the tools necessary to survive into the future.
This task could take days or months or years or even be impossible to complete. The reason why is because everyone learns a little differently than the next person. The only way a concept can truly be explained to someone is if they discover the knowledge within themselves through their past experiences allowing them to grasp the concept’s innermost functions and why it exists the way it does. This is why a master and apprentice relationship works so well; the two have the time to get to know one another and how they think about the world around them, allowing for the communication of knowledge.
In America today education has been mass produced and distributed thanks to the wonderful institution of government and American corporatism. These two fundamental machines of American life force and choke us all down to a less-than-informed level of “equality” over education. We are told we must go to school from the ages of 5 – 18. It is the LAW. After that if there is any hope in having a happy comfortable life, we have to go to college, and if you do not go to college, well you should just join the bums out on the street or else you will be forced into a life of slavery that only people going to college should endure. During this time we are subject to all kinds of brainwashing.
However, it seems the term “brainwashing” has you all brainwashed. For now, you are probably thinking it is bad that we are subject to that, and we must put a stop to it. Really what I mean is that children are impressionable. We take the things we see and interact with every day during childhood to heart and mind, and manifest our personalities in this.
When we are just a baby we learn how to function and survive. As we get a little older, our parents begin to teach us how to share and not throw things. Thus we begin to realize our emotions, and how we respond to those emotions.
Then we know exactly what we want, when we want it. We will demand of our parents to give us what we want, because with this we feel pure ecstasy, and when we are denied this we feel pure depression.
When we become depressed conflict arises inside us, and we do every manipulative thing in our power to rectify the situation and return to ecstasy. If our parents are due diligent teachers, then they will deny us this ecstasy and we will eventually learn to live beyond the physical realm and deal with our problems in a non destructive internal manner.
This is the most basic life lesson and set of steps that every human child must go through in some form or another at the beginning of their lives. What boggles my mind is that the vast majority of parents think it best that they stop teaching their child here (if they even do that). Any sort of teaching they give requires the least amount of effort, and it is up to the public schools to finish the job.
Public education can do amazing things for human social development. We are able to interact with other people our own age. Teachers hand down a set of rules that everyone must abide by. This inevitably will cause conflict somewhere. It usually involves nothing more than when nap time is, or who gave who cooties, but this sort of interaction and development can help us learn how to work out issues together. This can be controlled to a point that we instill moral value and teamwork into every child. There would not even be a need to have a law against murder. No one in their right mind would wish harm upon another, because we all feel the same things, we are all human.
This may be the most important role of a public school. Of course, basic things like how to read and write and do simple math can easily be passed along to children in this stage of education. Most of us at this age have a hunger for knowledge. We want to learn as much as we can about those subjects that interest us.
Around the time that we go on to middle school and we start to go through puberty, we experience a shift in consciousness. Our hunger for knowledge begins to shut down when it is overloaded with general information from every aspect of life that public schools today feel is necessary to teach. There is no sense of responsibility. If you do not complete your assigned homework, the worst you will endure is a stern talking to. Slowly how much we care about furthering our knowledge in public school diminishes. During this time we are asked, “You can be anything you want, but, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
The answer may come easily and it also may change radically over the rest of our education. Certainly we are far enough along by now to know what we like to spend our time doing. This is the time that I personally believe we should start getting that part time job and experiencing a different flavor of life. Work is very different from school. If the tasks assigned to you are not completed, the business suffers, and you lose your job. From interacting with our co-workers, our manager, and our customers, we learn more about the world and how to deal with the issues that inevitably arise between people.
After some time working around different areas of business, we quickly can discover we do not want that life of servitude to the public sector. This instills in us a need for higher education and to further our career. It is here, that colleges in their current form would do best in our society. However this is not the case of public education we have today.
Why are there so many college drop outs today? College is an over-glorified version of high school that you have to pay for. You are forced to take general education classes for the first two years, and any classes pertaining to your major are not available until your junior or senior year. These general education classes are exactly what they try and teach during middle and high school, just held to a higher standard. Unfortunately they are forced because the schools in general fail to teach anything at all. The slightly higher degree of courses offered in college is too much for people who are going to these institutions, especially right out of high school. They will look around bewildered, and refuse to sign on to another two years of crap that is costing them or their parent’s money.
Our education never really stops though. As important as how to deal with all the issues of daily life is to learn, especially when dealing with those issues in other people, to think that the only way this can happen is by constantly going to classes offered for free by the government is absolutely silly. We do not even need a sort of “high school” course offered through the internet.
With the internet all the knowledge and education is out there just waiting for us to discover it on our own. It is a place where masters and apprentices from all over the world can talk and share and discuss things that they all share common interest in. Although, the internet is vast and knowing exactly where to look for the information you are seeking (and making sure the source is credible); it is no easy task. This skill, along with proper etiquette when it comes to interacting with other humans via the internet, should be all that is required of public education institutions curriculum; beyond the basic knowledge aforementioned.
With the advent of the personal computer and the internet that connects them, society has taken a gigantic leap ahead of the way our world currently performs. We are still bound by old traditions like the Bible, and our own constitutions. These things have served us well, but now is the time to transcend to a global consciousness as one specie. No longer do we have a need for things like money and country, for we are human.