Monday, October 4, 2010

Education

First off i will say public education has failed us in teaching the things in which we really need to know in life. As important as the subjects i used to take were (drama english maths social studies history science) they didnt teach us anything close to what we needed to know to survive.
Its strange that not one of those subjects adaquately covers the basic needs of the human. Things like food, shelter, warmth, clothing. We aren't taught these things because we are expected to let someone else do these things for us.
Our short sightedness starts early. By not being taught these things we are forced into a society built money. This is my argument to peopel who say "well if you dont like it go live somewhere else!". The reality is that we are educated in such a way as to make it impossible for such a life to happen. To live i need to know how to forage, keep animals or grow my own food. I would be suprised if any of you learnt that at school. by not being taught this i'm forced into depending on a system that will cause me and millions of other people suffering.
If our society crumbled (and im not so idealistic to believe it might) huge amount of people would just die. This is the failure of our education system and our society in general. We have become so complacent and wasteful that taken out of our enviroment we would die almost instantly.
If we truly want to be enviromentally friendly if we truly want to end poverty and suffering if we truly want to change our lives for the better we need to change our education system to something that reflects our actual needs.


Ideally i would propose survival skills agriculture studies building skills and travelling skills as compulsory classes but i recognize that that is idealistic. To be realistic all i would like to see in my life time is that physical education become a compulsory class throughout all of schooling for basic agriculture knowledge be taught in science class and for Traditional skills (a mixture of the four classes listed above) to be an optional class for all students.

Is that too much to ask?

17 comments:

  1. "Fugere urbem" seems like the only way because no school will teach how people really survive. Depressive, but not completely hopeless.

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  2. As complicated as the food distribution system is it wouldnt take much for the system to be utterly screwed

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  3. Education is supposed to be teaching skills to get us through life, life lessons people are supposed to learn on their own.

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  4. travelling should def become a subject! i cant believe how dumb some of my fellows are when it comes to getting around abroad!

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  5. The only proof you need that public education needs improvement is youtube comments.

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  6. I agree. The United States deserves better than a country full of pussies. So do all other countries for that matter.

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  7. It's good to see that you're beating inertia today :)

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  8. You've got some good creativity in this blog!

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  9. I think you can still learn those things. Not in school though. Maybe if you lived in a farm?

    I am Fickle Cattle.

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  10. Thanks for your comments on my blog. Beating Inertia has a new Q&A post!

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  11. Barring a complete social breakdown on the level of nuclear winter, I doubt most people would need to know the things you talk about by default. I agree that there's a lot of chaff compared to the wheat though.

    I'd just like to see autodidacts and other curious individuals pursue such educational tasks on their own, unfettered by a standardized learning system. They will be the blessed, should society fail us.

    Great post, really made me think.

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  12. I used to know how to do this :(

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  13. Things done changed man. We are not learning and thinking anymore, we are learning how to take tests. Simple as that. interesting read

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  14. I agree bublee, we are now not really progressing intellectually anymore.

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  15. If you really want to change something you have to decrease the amount of people living on earth. Even if all people would live they way you want them to be, no one would have enough. The world can only feed a certain amount of people. Therefore your choice should be to never have children and convince all the people around you not to have children either. Does that sound good to you? I suppose not.
    I agree, children should learn more about nature and being responsible for the world they live in. I can see changes being done but unfortunately they take time...

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