A wake up call

The assumption: schools were created to house and encourage intelligence.

The reality is that schools do not encourage intelligence, aka they are not places where one learns. They are places where one follows, where a will is broken or manipulated. One is convinced supposed truths ( which are frequently biased or completely inaccurate; do you think Japanese history books go over the rape of Nanking, or in China the mass murder of Falun Gong members and Tibetans? Do you Americans learn the full details of the Native American genocide? ha…) and told to remember them. Normally, the students do as they are told. The ones who resist can turn into ‘trouble makers’ ( I was personally suspended twice and expelled once) as an attempt to defy the system. I am an avid reader, writer, traveler, classical musician, and philomath. But I failed to follow a system, and was therefore punished.

Parents face enormous challenges. Children face even great ones, and thus we are forced to inquire into education, and what a school really is. Let’s look at reality: the educational institutions (aka schools) are breeding grounds for:

Bullying

Homophobia

Racism

rape

crime

sexism

conformity

prejudice

ignorance

drugs ( especially those peddled by people with graduate degrees….)

self esteem issues

horrific ‘food’ ( aka faux food, aka fast food)

biased text books

marketing campaigns directed at driving kids into debt from an early age on

games/sports/projects that foster competition and the idea that someone must fail in order for you to succeed. How often is compassion and sharing taught? Come on folks…

What am I encouraging? Ignorance? No. I am encouraging curiosity. In my house, we are avid readers, and we like to debate and question. In fact, that is almost all I day, all day long.

Question everything.

We focus on compassion, sharing, acceptance on apparent ‘flaws’ instead of labeling them. We research, nonstop. I do not hold a fixed opinion, nor am I overly swayed in this marketing heavy world. I listen to opinions and I find them interesting. But I keep questioning.

All I can say is that we need critical thinking in this world, badly. We are all being taken advantage of by corrupt regimes determined to peddle their agenda of a society of workers, not thinkers. If you take a look at the most brilliant businessmen, they thought. It is a skill we all need, not to blindly follow, but to lead, and lead with compassion.

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About Elizabeth Kelsey Bradley

Writer, Blog Coach, and Digital Strategist based in Thailand. Wellness fan. Gamer.
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