Sunday, July 10, 2011

We don't need no education

Actually, we do. Do we all need equal education? I'm not so sure. This article from The Telegraph in England it all. Oh, and this one.

I once ran in skater circles. For the uninitiated, that means skateboarding. I prized my neighbors cast-off Vans like they were the best thing since sliced bread. I wrote "Live to Skate" on the bottom of my board and even made up my own graffiti symbol. It's not hard to do. The point is, I could never even do a kick-flip, I mean, how pathetic is that? Could I have learned? Sure, but I obviously didn't actually live to skate, because I soon grew tired of the culture of skating and gave it up. Let me tell you, it wasn't the most wholesome atmosphere.

If I wanted to become a skateboarder, I would have educated myself and sought out education on how to do these simple tricks and then onto harder ones. But not everyone needs to be a skater. Not everyone needs to know how to "kick-flip". Most people don't even know what that means and are fine without it. In the same way, not everyone needs to be a scientist, or an astronaut, or a politician or a lawyer. In fact, not everyone can be. I didn't have the focus or the skills to be a skater and some don't have it to be a doctor. However, that is ok.

I believe that schools should stop saying "You can be whatever you set your mind to." Because sometimes your mind changes and your abilities don't always match your dreams. "Do your best" is a good motto because it bases the goal on your abilities. If you want to increase your abilities, go ahead, follow your dreams. Many people can do this, but it takes initiative and it has to come from within. A school can't just say "We'll help you become what you want to be" and then set up all these connections without forming the character and will of the student. The student should know what it takes to become what he wants and then form himself and seek out formation that will make it possible. If he ends up not "following his dream" he will be better for the formation, and he may have a better dream.

The Public Schools here in Milwaukee are generally a joke. The dropout rate is high etc. If they don't want to put the effort into "following their dreams" they should be there in the first place. It's a waste of resources, time and frankly the lives of the students to spend money on students who don't want to be there and are dragging the rest of the class down too.

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