School is wild, isn’t it? We are ushered into these places as children while being taught that everything and anything we are spoon fed by them is auto-truth. When you ask questions about the curriculum, like I did (“When are we going to ever, EVER, going to use this in real life.”), we are told to just follow the rules. Follow instructions. Obey. Memorize. Repeat. Repeat. Obey. Listen to authority. And so on…and be sure to teach your kids the same thing. And when you memorize and follow instructions well, you get to be the smartest person alive!
I want to be sure that I say one thing to any teachers that may be reading this: I appreciate you. You have a passion for teaching our children and I am sure you do the best you can to encourage creativity, individual thought, and growth. This isn’t about any specific teacher or their passion. It’s about the system. A system that discourages creativity, adventure, individual thought, outside-the-box ideas, and entrepreneurship. A system that encourages submission, defeat, fear of failure, avoidance of risk, and obedience.
Anyway, I appreciate Entrepreneur writing this article. Check it out for yourself. What do you think? Do you feel your education was encouraging you to be elite, different, special, and unique? Or encouraging you to fall in line?
Check it out here, and free yourself: Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School