BY SOFO ARCHON
School is supposed to help children grow into intelligent, conscious, responsible adults, who have acquired the essential skills for living well, and who can contribute their gifts to the world.
However, school as we know it couldn’t be further from that. In fact, as it exists in most places across the globe, school only “helps” to make them stupid and depressed. Here’s how:
1. It teaches children to obey
At school, children are forced to obey to authority figures who tell them how to behave. They are told to sit for hours upon hours at a desk without complaining, doing nothing other than memorizing information that in most cases they’ll never need in their lives. They are told when to talk, when to move, even when to pee. Under this constant psychological pressure, many children end up suffering from chronic anxiety and depression.
2. It teaches children what to think, not how to think
School does not teach children how to develop their critical thinking skills, so that they can assess information and reach their own conclusions when presented with it. On the contrary, they are made to accept what they are being taught on belief alone. This way school stunts children’s intellectual growth, turning them into stupid automatons who can’t reason and don’t question the beliefs they’ve been conditioned to hold.
3. It teaches children to be uncreative
Children’s imagination is wild, but school does a perfect job in suppressing it. For example, although children can be incredibly creative, the Arts are almost nonexistent in most schools around the world, since a career path in the Arts is usually not considered to be quite profitable. Hence, instead of being allowed to creatively express themselves through painting, music, dance, theater, and so on, children are most of the time doing things they don’t care about and which don’t help them to cultivate their intellectual and emotional world.
4. It teaches children to fear failure
Mistakes teach us right from wrong, and hence allow us to grow in wisdom. Yet, school is teaching children to fear making mistakes, and that they should avoid failure at any cost. They are urged to study for the sole purpose of passing exams, and those who fail at them are looked down upon, sometimes even mocked at, as if they themselves are failures. Therefore, sooner or later children begin to see failure as a terribly bad thing, which leads them to avoid trying to set new goals later on in life, lest they’ll encounter failure.
5. It teaches children to think play is bad
Children find tremendous joy in having fun and doing things for no reason other than play itself. Play makes their heart pulsate with happiness and turns their life into a celebration. Slowly slowly, however, they are made to believe that since play isn’t not profitable in our money-driven world, they should consider it merely as a waste of time. In addition, they are taught to to be serious, uptight, and constantly worried about future ends. Not surprisingly, many school children become depressed, experiencing a constant state of emotional stress that doesn’t allow them to let go of their concerns, relax into the present moment and enjoy themselves.
6. It teaches children to avoid listening to their heart
Unlike most adults, children are in tune with their inner voice and know what their heart is beating for. However, after years of psychological programming — when they finally become adults themselves — they don’t pay attention to it anymore. This programming takes place mainly at school, where for almost every single day children have to do things they hate doing, yet which they are taught society will reward them for. As a consequence, they waste their time not focusing their attention on what they deep down desire and brings meaning into their lives.
7. It teaches children to associate money with success
Another way school is making children dumb and depressed is by having them confuse monetary gain with successful living. At school, children are taught that the primary goal in life is to earn a good salary, and that to achieve this, they have have to sacrifice almost one third of their lives forcing themselves to do particular things, just so that they can get a degree that will allow them to find a job later on. Thus, children stop pursuing what would make their heart pulsate with joy, and instead dedicate themselves on things that make life seem like a never-ending drudgery, just so they can pay the bills and merely survive.
8. It teaches children to sacrifice today for the sake of tomorrow
The present moment is all that we have. The future, just like the past, doesn’t exist, and if we give it too much attention, we won’t be able to enjoy the here and now. Unfortunately, most of us are always aiming for a future end, thinking that once we achieve it, we will be fulfilled and happy. This mentality has been mainly imbued in us via schooling. At school, children are made to believe that sacrificing today will reward them tomorrow. Yet, being constantly focused on the future, they can’t savor the present moment, until they reach an old age and find themselves filled with regrets for having wasted the precious gift of life.
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