The problem with school

We’re either worldly or we’re educated, but it’s very hard to be both. It’s a conclusion I reached some years ago. Students aren’t encouraged to hone their own skills, or think for themselves. School is subjective, not objective.

You’re there to learn facts, which can’t always be applied in everyday life. School doesn’t encourage debate. Students are moulded, but if you don’t fit in socially or academically, you tend not to fit in.

Spirituality applied through education is a way forward. It’s a belief system that shapes our whole thought process through experiences and practices that create a way of shaping and knowing, which allows the individual to live their life and has nothing to do with religious rituals, doctrine or traditions. Spirituality is based solely on a person’s emotional growth.

Emotional growth encourages independent thinking and independent thinking encourages us to learn, so that we get the best out of school and so that school brings the best out in us. From my own experiences of school, school generally doesn’t encourage expression unless what the student is expressing is part of the curriculum and is what school can use or can work with.

There may be a one teacher exception to this rule, one teacher that encourages us to think independently. It has been said. If students’ emotional, social and spiritual skills were incorporated into school life, they would generally speaking become more rounded individuals. Unfortunately, being told what to learn and how to learn doesn’t encourage emotional growth or free-thinking.

I believe it’s our spiritual and emotional growth that helps us adapt, so that when we leave school we become worldlier and more balanced individuals.


10 Dec, 2013

4 thoughts on “The problem with school

  1. I totally agree with you. Schools really don’t prepare the children for the real world. When I was in nursing school I saw this clearly. It was all about book learning. I did most of my learning once I got out of school and started working.
    I home schooled my 2nd daughter for about 2 years then she went back to public school. They didn’t care that she was a year behind; they put her in eighth grade even though she needed to be in 7th. I think they just didn’t want to have her as she had learning disabilities and would be going to high school the next year. She did graduate on time but was not prepared for the real world.

    I’m home schooling my son now. I don’t think the public school system would do him justice and I don’t think he would do well in a public school classroom with a bunch of other kids.

    I also think the school is all about numbers. How many kids can they get in and how well can they do on the national testing. The school system just isn’t interested in what the kids face once they finish.

    I wasn’t prepared for the world once I finished. I didn’t get any advice on career choices. It was up to me to find it on my own.

    1. Thanks Lisa. It doesn’t matter where we live in the world, we all have and think the same thoughts and have the same kind of systems in place.

      I remember the top sets getting career advice in school, but if you weren’t lucky enough to make the top sets, there wasn’t any advice on career choices. The advice students got only took their qualifications into consideration, not the individual as a whole.

      It’s a shame that the Government (because that’s where this all starts) aren’t educated themselves enough in the ways of the world, to understand school and its concept. I am aware, so are you as will many others be; not sure why they’re not aware and can’t see this for themselves!!

      Sad, but true I feel, not to mention totally annoying, particularly as our children are having to work through the same system as we’ve gone through that doesn’t work.

  2. I’d like to think that I am both worldly and educated, but not necessary by design of either how I was parented or schooled. School was relatively uninspiring for me, but I managed to do okay and went on to university. Due to life at home, I feel that I brought myself up and my parents left me to my own devices.

    I do feel it is a shame that schools are more concerned with targets and performance than they are with producing well balanced, all rounded, responsible and respectable children.

    Unfortunately the system we live in here in the UK, requires the former at the cost of the latter.

    1. Growing up in that Era meant you and I would have similar upbringings based around school. It sounds as though you were fairly lucky because although you say school was uninspiring for you, you still managed to do okay and go to university. Some of us weren’t that lucky.

      Your second paragraph is a sad indictment of how schools are, I also feel. It’s been a bug bear of mine for many years and agree schools fail to concentrate on producing well balanced, rounded individuals, who can emotionally function well in the outside world.

      As you say they’re more concerned on reaching their targets instead.

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