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February 2010

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Lord Yupa

Schools suck.

This was originally a comment on a journal entry, but I wrote enough I figured I'd post it here, too. Schools were somewhat on my mind after something that I caught in a post by revjim, which referenced this post. This entry is not about the one revjim referenced, though. I'll leave the comments on that to others, for now.

Brad said:
stupid school.
I learn more when I'm not in it.
I've been learning tons of cool shit the past week.

It's almost rather sad, isn't it?

I realized the same thing a couple years ago when I got my first job doing computer related stuff. After 6 months working there, I thought about it, and concluded that I'd honestly learned more in 6 months of working part time, than I had in my entire college career to that point (3 years of school).

Someone should really sit down and analyze how schools teach, why they do it as they do, and what they could do to improve it. Far too many schools do nothing but waste most of your time, and force you to regurgitate a few facts for them.

There is also far too many teachers who don't understand the difference between memorizing and learning. They are, in fact, two very different things.

For example: I could tell you how to drive, and you could memorize the manual that comes with your car, as well as the driving information provided by the DMV.

However, that does *not* mean you've learned how to drive. You've memorized the facts on how driving is done, but you haven't learned it. The first time you sit down at a car, you're going to screw up, and prolly screw up big (Especially if it's a manual transmission;-).

Oh, well. With the exception of a few unusually gifted, and rare, teachers, things prolly won't change. The purpose of schools isn't really to help us learn, in my opinion, it's to simply mold us into good little members of society. . .



I'm desperately hoping that when I'm teaching, I'm able to change the way that my students think. I've got a passion which makes most people say "EWWW" (though I know you like reading, you want to know how many people asked me if I was nuts as I worked on my BA in English?)...I think one of the important things to realize about your education to date is that it is a tool, not the final result. While education in computers can teach you how and why things happen, it doesn't click until you apply it. However, imagine doing your job without having had any of that background. It really wouldn't be possible. Sure, you can learn a hell of a lot by doing, but our formal educations provide us with the skeleton on which to add our individual learning. Most employers will tell you that the degree isn't for what you've learned, but as an indication of what you're willing to learn. Our entire lives are learning processes and to try to pigeonhole learning into only high school or only university or only on the job training, is to do a disservice to yourself...I think you have to be willing to learn everywhere.
Given all that, I can't wait to teach. If I can pass on my own passion for literature to even one kid, then I'll have done my job. Because I've given them a skill that might not do jack shit for their future job as a doctor, but it's a new way to look at their world and analyze it.