Why Education is Important but School is Not || Video Essay


Learning is important. School is not. Education is vital and ignorance is fatal. But, you see, simply going to school does not guarantee an education. I take that back. It guarantees an education, but not the kind that produces worthwhile thought. Instead, school as a system provides a thorough education in compliance. “Do this, do that! You need to know this. Don’t bother learning that!” School systems spend 7 hours per day, 5 days per week, and 9 months per year telling students what they can and cannot say, what they can and cannot do, when to speak, when to listen, when to think, what to think… And when a student objects to the approved process, the system responds: “This is the way it is and you have no choice.” “Don’t be a distraction, a problem, a failure!” “You have no choice!” When we’re very young, we’re free to learn and think for ourselves. We are creative. Life is filled with imagination and wonder, curiosity and play, with no limits on what’s possible… Until we’re taught otherwise… “Memorize this!” “Wait for the bell!” “Stay at your desk!” “Color in the lines!” “Remain in your seat! You can’t leave yet!” “You didn’t memorize this…?” “Failure!” School as a system requires all students to FOCUS. That is, Follow One Course Until Surrender. Surrender of freedom, surrender of creativity, surrender of thought, surrender of voice. We are taught to fear failure, fear originality, fear being uneducated if we don’t conform to the system… But without this fear, the system has no power. Learning is important. School is not. “Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore, do not use compulsion, but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child’s natural bent.”

– Plato

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