Thursday, 10 October 2013

Taming The Education Beast

This is a further extract from the new book UBUNTU Contributionism  - A Blueprint For Human Prosperity.

After more than 120 years of enduring the current education system, we are all products of this system and we are all equally tuned and calibrated by this system to endure its consequences – without any questions. Most of us now believe that this is the norm – and that this is the best way of educating ourselves and our children – and that there is no better way – because if there was a better way, the authorities would have implemented it. Blindly we continue holding on to distorted slivers of hope that our leaders will do something to answer our cries for remedy.

We see the education system as giving ourselves and our children a chance in life. The better our education, the better our chance of having a successful life – getting a good job – having a good career that will earn us loads of money. It is ironic that the indicator of success among living breathing human beings is not their ability to love others, their compassion, creative achievement, contribution to society, but most of the time the emphasis is on money, as an indicator of our success.
We quickly forget that we are all born equal and we should all have a wonderful life, not dependant on the level of education that we can get for our children. And so, without most of us giving it any thought, the schooling and education system becomes the first tool of separation and division among all of us from the very first day of school.
Remember that history is written by the victors, and our education is manipulated by those who impose their control on our society. The victors have a vested interest in holding onto power and therefore teaching their conquered subjects whatever it takes to stay in power. We are forced to place our children in schools at the age when they are most vulnerable to outside suggestion and influence – in the hands of strangers, who get their instructions and teaching manuals from some invisible department in the government.
Our schools are also used by the draconian authorities to commit mass genocide in the form of forced vaccination of children who in turn are compelled to go to school. This is a malicious plot to infect all of us with diseases that will affect us for the rest of our lives – and keep the drug companies in business. As far-fetched as this may sound to those who are new to this information, this is the reality we have to face and change.
It is very difficult to obtain entry into South African schools without appropriate vaccinations. In many cases, children line up like cattle to receive the latest shot, completely trusting in the decisions of their parents and teachers.
These teachers, most of whom have honourable intentions, and in most cases are just too happy to hold down a job, have to follow orders and teach what they are told in the style and fashion they are told to teach it. If they do not follow these orders they get fired from their teaching jobs and lose their income and become undesirable as teachers in any other official educational institution.
For twelve years of our lives we are made to sit in classrooms, separated from mother nature, while we are forced to cram information into our heads, so that we can regurgitate it during an examination – so that we can get an ‘A’ on our school report – so that our parents can brag to their friends and so that we can try to impress our future employers – so that we can get a good job and earn as much money as we can – because we had good marks at school in subjects that we will never ever use in our daily lives. 
If we can regurgitate this information really well, we are allowed to go to university where the indoctrination and brainwashing reaches even higher levels, with even greater corporate sponsorship. Those who are privileged enough to reach these levels take on a certain level of pride and arrogance, because they see themselves as special. Because they have worked hard and regurgitated well. And by being able to regurgitate, they have elevated and separated themselves from the masses.
And so, without realising it, the graduates become the quiet promoters and defenders of the system that creates hierarchy and separation amongst humanity.
From the first day of school we are exposed to academic competition and a hierarchy of intelligence that we are forced to conform to. When we do not understand the subjects or if we do badly in our exams, we are laughed at, mocked and reprimanded to work harder. We are told that if we do not get our “act together” we will amount to nothing and that we will end up on the street – that nobody will give us a job and that our lives will be wasted.
From the first day at school we are exposed to continuous stress in many forms. The stress and pressure to succeed – to be the best – to get to the top – to have the right answers. We are made to believe that this is all normal and part of life and that competition is good and that this is the way things are done in life.
My friend Scott Cundill has an 11 year old son, Cameron. Cam was asked to write a poem for school using three instances of the word “exhaustion” - three in the positive and three in the negative. He wrote “It is not exhaustion in the sense that you have been running for miles. It is not the exhaustion of gym for three hours and not the exhaustion of not sleeping for four days. It is the exhaustion of trying to please; it is the exhaustion of caring what people think of you; it is the exhaustion of people bringing me down.”