“Schools as we know them all run on the same principles: iron all subjects flat than then proceed, in groups, at a forced march across the flattened plain. Material is dumped on the students and their responses calibrated; their interaction and involvements with the material is not encouraged nor taken into consideration, but their dutifulness of response is carefully monitored.
While an exact arrangement of intended motivations for the student is preset within the system, they do not usually take effect according to the ideal. It is not that students are unmotivated, but motivated askew. Rather than seek to achieve in the way they are supposed to, students turn to churlishness, surliness, or intellectual sheepishness. A general human motivation is god-given at the beginning and warped or destroyed by the educational process as we know it; thus we internalize at last that most fundamental of grownup goals: just to get through another day. ”
This nugget is something that I clicked with right away. I caught myself nodding my head as if I was conversation with the author agreeing with what he had to say. This is an issue I saw as I grew up and I cannot see it changing in the foreseeable future. Our public educational system has set up individuals to work under those who started in private schools, making the majority of the population behind educationally. Even compared to the world we fall behind, and yet we are still so proud to be American. I was frustrated but not surprised when I recently learned that my home town is actually one of the snobbiest places in America. This is partly because of the fact that there are more private schools than public in this area making the education gap even greater.
Yet I digress, even some the most brilliant people did not even finish college, let alone attend private schools. So in the end maybe education is not so much about what a teacher teaches you but rather what you want to teach yourself in life.