Ah, school, the place for learning…
Or is it?
It technically is, and you learn to read, to write, history, etc… but does it teach you the most essential skill of all?
Teaching YOURSELF to learn new things!
I don't want you to take my word, this is just my personal experience with school in general.
I went to school in 4 different places in Brazil, 1 in California and 1 in Oregon, so I've been around the block.
School is just not a place for encouragement on learning new things on your own, they want you to follow their agenda, and there can be NO deviation from the script.
This system was founded in early 1914, remarkably similar to Fordism.
Let me elaborate.
Imagine yourself in 1914, you're at your station, and your job is to frame Fords cars windows or screw nuts and bolts, etc…
That's all you do.
8-11 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, 260 days a year.
Not a lot of thinking for yourself… might even make one go mad!
Fun Fact: The word “Robot” origins is from the 1920s (Czech)
From robota meaning ‘forced labor’.
I remember watching this classic Charles Chaplin movie in school when I learned about industrialism, and that sparked an idea in my head!
I started noticing patterns in how schools where builds similar to prisons (or at least their systems).
They were made to follow a system that didn't need you to think for yourself.
- You had a specific time to get in school, and a certain time to get out of bed.
- You had an outdoors time.
- You had a mean teacher (guard).
- You had a mean principal (warden).
- After PE, you had to shower together.
- Time to leave school, and a time to go to bed.
All of this seems a bit too similar to be by accident…
Were they preparing you for something in case you were “bad” at school and didn't “learn” what they had to teach you?
These are systems for you to follow and NOT to ask questions that are not on their agenda.
Did you ever get in trouble in school for asking too many questions?
“Hey, John, why don't you pay attention instead of asking irrelevant questions?”
Schools today need to overcome and adapt to how to world is today!
Today my 12-year-old sister knows more about the world by herself (likes and dislikes), Googling everything she wants to learn (drawing, guitar, singing) than sitting in a classroom repeating everything taught there (kinda like a Robot?).
I'm not saying school is terrible, I'm saying it needs to evolve as the world has since 1914.
Kids need to learn the basics before they can start thinking for themselves, yes, but I'm sure there's a way we can encourage them to start thinking for themselves at an earlier age and to teach them to learn by themselves.
Teach them that failing is part of learning, show how awesome it is to see if something DOESN'T work because then you can try new things until it does (that's how learning works)!
Because today you don't need to go to a guitar school to learn to play guitar, I'll open up Youtube and learn on my own.
I can learn to code with udemy.com and solo learn (and I have)!
You can learn what you want, when you want, where you want, how you want.
So the next time you're learning something new, remember to fail forward and to keep searching for an answer to what you need.
I'm sure you'll find it with a simple Google!