Holy crap do I have a giant shpeal for you today, and its all about how the US education system is fundamentally broken and outdated. Its also about how it fucked me over as a student, along with thousands of others just like me and here is why.
So let’s start with the origin of the current US education system. Where did it come from? Well, it originated from Prussia the late 18th to early 19th century. Its purpose was to give equal opportunity for children to receive an education but it also created very docile factory workers, subordinate citizens, and obedient soldiers. In short, it was created as a way to control the population and make them into disciplined citizens. Children under this system were taught in a very standardized and ‘factory like’ way. An example of which can be shown here.
This way of teaching in short beats all the creativity and free thinking out of the child in favor of an easily molded blank mind that can be trained to do any mundane task you give them. Thinking outside of the box or what is taught is generally heavily discouraged and can be a punishable offense like in the case of developing an opinion. School was and still is supposed to prepare children for the future. And so far all it has done is created millions of factory workers who will have issues getting a job due to the fact that companies want innovators, not mindless work drones.
The modern school also forces way too much stress on a child in the sense of all the homework along with common core which was introduced when I was 7. I can talk from personal experience because unlike most adults talking about the issue I lived it and I’m still currently living it. And let me tell you parents, teachers, and school administrators you have fucked us up bad with this common core thing. I remember vividly having to take these multiplication tests every week. Maybe… 4 or 5 at a time. If I got one question wrong my test would get an F and I would have to do it all again. This was back in 2nd grade. 40 homework questions a night for math alone. I’m not even taking into account the work I had in my English class, Religion because catholic school, Science, and reading which was its own stand-alone class for a while. Heck, we even had a class devoted to cursive that was to me a huge waste of time. I fell behind heavily on math because I never had enough time to complete the homework and as a result of this I was at a 2nd-grade math level up until the middle of 7th grade.
Common core put me really behind due to the fact that it was extremely fast paced. It also made me fear school due to how failure was handled by the teachers. Because you see, when we failed the teacher made a really big deal about it to the class. Public shaming and all. But did any of this help me? No, not really. We were fortunate enough to have art, gym, and music once a week. But some schools either due to time or funding did not have these things so the programs were cut entirely. No exercise, short lunches, then it was all forced factory learning from that point. Kids like me who learn differently are kicked to the curb and let slip through the cracks so that only the ones whose minds can be molded like clay remain. And then, in reality, all of us are screwed over due to the fact that in school we were never taught about the real world. A lot of us have never had Sex Ed, basic financing, home skills, how to get a job, basic study skills, and how to form and maintain basic relationships.
School is meant to prepare us students for life and I’m not sure forcing us to take standardized tests all about meaningless trivia is not going to cut it. At this point, companies are looking for creatives and innovators instead of mindless assembly line drones. And even then assembly lines are dying out in favor of a more mechanized alternative. Robots do not require pay, nor do they require healthcare like humans do plus they work more effectively at mass producing goods. So at this point not only is the US education system outdated, it’s putting our kids at a disadvantage.
Education was supposed to be the great equalizer but in reality, it both does that and fails at doing that. The funding and quality of our schools range greatly but most public schools fail to meet a lot of basic standards for our broken system. The area that the school is in determines its quality thus putting underprivileged kids in a bad spot. But as well, in the system, all students are made to be just factory cutouts of the perfect obedient slave to US industry. No creativity, no breaks, and no freedom.
The Prussian Empire has fallen. So with this said why are we still using their system now when there are so many better alternatives. Kids need more engaging and interactive environments. They need low pressure and stress at school and less than 30 minutes of homework a night. Because let’s be real here, are we creating the future generation of innovators and great minds, or are we creating a society heavily burdened by mental illness and lack of coping skills?
Us students demand reform, us students demand respect, us students want to be able to learn at OUR OWN PACE. We are not a cog in your corporate machine; we are human