By Sherrie Hurd, The Mind Unleashed
Education sucks. It really does, and this fact makes me sick to my stomach. The reason the education sucks is because of the system – the school system that is. Modern schools are failing miserably at providing ample knowledge at the level and rate for some prospectively bright students. You can make this about race or you can base it around background, but the fact remains, regardless of who you are… your school system probably sucks.
Woah… slow down there critical and judgmental me.
Alright, of course, there’s a reason why I say all this. It’s not because “I don’t need no education”, no, because our learning never ends. It’s because the system is failing miserably to accommodate to every child in equal portions. It’s no longer just about age groups or even gifted abilities. Education fails to address the simple fact that we all learn at different rates, have varied attention spans and come from different cultural backgrounds. It’s not simple anymore and what we are doing is not cutting it! Education reform? Maybe, let’s think about that for a moment. Can education reform transform the entire system?
Nah, I don’t think so
When I was a child, I started to learn things at a strangely accelerated rate. Something happened during my childhood, however, that somehow stumped my learning abilities. After I was abused, I started to lose focus and could no longer retain things as before. My reading speed dropped and my attention span decreased. I found myself getting in trouble and being placed in the lower reading group. I also started falling asleep in class and getting sick. This affected my once ample abilities in learning. I was downgraded suddenly and with that, I was given less attention. My grades dropped and so did my self-esteem. Meanwhile, no one knew of my abuse and my actions were seen as being a result of lower intelligence, despite the fact that my previous performance attested to my gifted abilities. To make things more complicated, my abilities in other areas continued to accelerate.
What does this mean?
For one, the spectrum of understanding is limited. Educators do not take into account the various backgrounds and events in the lives of children. If the educator is unaware of the issues at home, their hands are tied and there is no way to understand the sudden shifts in learning abilities. On the other hand, when a child exhibits lower or higher learning abilities from the start, educators can quickly access where the child should be placed in the education system. Unfortunately, there is limited variance in learning programs and tools to accommodate “non-white bread children”. Hey, it’s the best way to get the point across.
Although we try, the system is broken and racist. Yes, I said it, racist. Instead of viewing children of non-Caucasian ethnicity as equal in the system, we automatically “dumb down” the system in order to reach the lower learners. We assume that those of African-American or Hispanic ethnicity are not on the same education level, and we base this on silly Wikipedia IQ scores. The truth is, there are children of all race scoring in lower and higher brackets within the system and to profile is to continue to limit the already flawed system. Help!
How do we fix this?
Should we reform the system to fix these terrible and insulting flaws? Many think reform is exactly what we need. I disagree.
In order to change the way we operate, we must change the way we think. In order to change the way we think, we must change the way we learn. We must not reform the education system; we must destroy it completely.
It’s not that “we don’t need no education”. We are just not educated enough to provide it.
It’s time for a drastic change.
About the Author
Sherrie Hurd is an artist and a regular contributor to the websites Learning Mind and Life Advancer. She spends most of her time giving life to the renegade thoughts. As the words erupt and form new life, she knows that she is yet again free from the nagging persistence of her muse. She is a mother of three and a lifetime fan of the thought-provoking and questionable aspects of the universe.