the death of us
via unwanted stress
more youth voices:
Instead of embracing the diversity of the human mind, we have stigmatized the very differences that are so characteristic of humans.
The DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) declared war on the introverts, and the educationally challenged among others and has attempted to define what a normal human should be. An extroverted individual who works well with people, progresses well in conventional schooling, and will succeed in a conventional job.
The saddest part is that the majority of students don’t have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can’t run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.
Less than three years ago, I graduated high school. I was a driven student who scored a 100 per cent average, served as the students’ council president and class valedictorian, earned over 16 scholarships/awards, etc. The bottom line is that I was a high achiever, but I mistakenly defined achievement in a way most do: with my GPA. It was only until a couple of years ago, when I began to question my own educational career, that I realized something profound: The academic portion of my high school life was spent in the wrong way, with cloudy motivations. I treated schooling and education synonymously. I had been directed not by my inner voice, but by societal pressures that limited my ability to foster personal creativity.
The system teaches us that if you get ‘As’ across the board, you’ll be successful. And if you fail a course, you’ll be labelled incompetent or hopeless. These pressures force students to regard education as a mere schooling tenure where the goal is to input a sufficient amount of work to output the highest possible grades. We sacrifice learning for schooling. One of my professors once said, “Writing exams isn’t a measure of intelligence or knowledge, it’s about getting inside your prof’s head to figure out what’ll be on the exam.”
I just figured out that I make myself or decide that I’m sick, because being sick in my room is the only way I get space and time to think for myself.
James Bach – as a kid in school on grades
See that 94 in nith-grade science? I barely attended that class. Most days, I skipped it and played in the computer lab instead. I went to science class each Friday to take the test, which was a weak mix of vocabulary words and multiple-choice questions about basic facts of nature. Even thought I turned in no homework, passing such tests was apparently enough to get a good grade.
See that 49 in tenth-grade physics? Looks like a low score, doesn’t it? But I loved physics. I studied it at home. I made drawings of spaceships and calculated how fast they could go and how long it would take them to reach Alpha Centauri. I taught myself to use a sliderule and calculated trajectories of rockets that put space stations into orbit, the centrifugal forces on those space stations and the energy of meteoroids that might strike them in orbit.
But none of that was part of my schoolwork. So it didn’t count.
Nikhil Goyal – One Size Does Not Fit All
Nikhil’s words bring up the issue (and the opportunity) for listening deeply, without an agenda, to youth perspective (or even your own) of how days play out in school. I’ve had the opportunity to do just that the last four years and I believe many of us have no idea what we’re all really thinking. Many of us feel there’s not much we could do or change even if we knew more or shared more. Many of us end up just getting on with our days, as they are, doing the best we can, without really asking ourselves if what we’re doing matters. And we’re so busy with getting on, that we’re left with little time in the day to listen, to ourselves, to others, and especially to youth, deeply enough to really hear.
Could list so many more here.. and maybe we will. We could add more people to the site, and we are. The voices are everywhere. Perhaps we’ll see the change we’re craving if we could all lean in enough to be able to say that we..
It involves trusting people to become something wonderful, as opposed to insisting that they fit in at all costs.
this happens too often:
Kevin Breel - i suffer from depression.
are we good with how we are schooling the world?
The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s.”
perhaps – a people experiment
[betting on the sync-ness]
a way to fix ed – via Peter Gray
[betting on not missing it/us]