If human beings allow themselves to stop understanding new things, then mankind will wither away into degeneration. The greatest thing to address in our society is teaching our children the meanings of creativity and genius. We need to teach kids that every human being can be creative in his or her own way. Genius is not a relative concept; it is universal. We just need to broaden our understanding of these concepts.
People in education seem to think they are so enlightened these days. Sure, letting kids “learn in their own way” as an idea seems like a great idea. But helpful, conscious guidance is still very important. Otherwise, you’re essentially putting a kid out on the city streets with a few bucks and a rather useless pamphlet of “popular attractions.” In many ways, I feel like that’s all our school systems do for kids these days.
There is this obsession in schools essentially existing only for “college-preparatory” purposes. But, college should not, I repeat, should not be something that is for everyone. There are some people that are simply not academics. That is a fact. What I am getting at is it seems that public schools only hold kids over with only the most barebones skills to get by. Schools seem less interested in actually equipping our youth to succeed in real life, only in boosting test scores and college admissions.
It is incredibly frustrating for true professional educators and academics to see this happen. But the system seems to have passed them by. Many students today seem to have little real interest in anything important. It has come down to the point even the textbook companies have watered everything down to make even going to college an absolute joke.
Try putting textbooks from even twenty years ago to College Seniors today! They would be befuddled beyond belief. “I don’t get it,” too many of them will say. This is not an inherent fault in the students themselves. The education which they were required to receive has failed them horribly. Only those that have truly worked very, very hard for their education seem to truly understand what there is to understand. It’s hard to say what they have gotten out of their “higher” education, either.
I have many issues with the American educational system. But perhaps the greatest I have is the more general sentiment I have that schools are far underperforming what politicians would like us to believe from their bogus test results. You can teach a monkey to take a test and pass relatively well. Essentially, we treat our kids like chimps. So, magically, they become chimps! Now, how did that happen? (Sorry, if I offended any chimps out there.)
As someone who wasted too much time and money on a “higher” education that was supposed to benefit me, I warn those who are looking to drop tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars on a “valuable” college education. If you’re not planning on being a doctor or some other field that absolutely requires a degree, I’d stick to taking community college or technical courses that offer practical knowledge you can apply directly to a vocation. Anything else at this point, honestly, is pretty much just a money grab.
If you really want to understand something, read as many books as you can on the subject and related subjects. Then, sit down and work through any difficulties or inconsistencies you find in your reading. You learn far more that way that researching any old term paper.
It’s too long it took me nearly a hundred thousand dollars and over four years to understand that truth. Hopefully I save you and/or someone among your friends and family from making that same mistake.