BY SOFO ARCHON
School is supposed to help children grow into mature, conscious, responsible, intelligent adults, who have mastered the art of living, and who can contribute their gifts to the world.
School as we know it, however, couldn’t be further from that. In fact, school, as it exists in most places across the planet, helps only to stunt children’s intelligence and to fill them with stress and worries, which results in the chaotic world that we experience all around us.
Below are eight ways school is making children stupid and depressed:
1. It teaches children to conform
At school, children are taught to obey to authority figures and blindly believe what they are being told by them. Children are told what to do, whether they like it or not. They are told to sit for hours upon hours at a desk without complaining, doing nothing other than memorizing information that most probably they’ll never need in their lives. They are told when to talk, when to move, even when to pee. By and by, children learn to suppress their emotions and surrender to the demands of authority, which sooner or later makes them depressed.
2. It teaches children what to think, not how to think
School does not teach children how to develop their capacity to think critically so that they can reach their own conclusions when presented with information. On the contrary, children are forced to accept what they are being taught on belief alone. Hence school helps to stunt children’s intellectual growth and thus to turn them into stupid automaton who won’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 wonders to suppress it. For example, children can be incredibly creative, but the Arts are almost nonexistent in most schools around the world, since a career path in the Arts is usually not considered to be profitable. Instead of being allowed to creatively express themselves through painting, music, theater, and so on, children are most of the time confined in four walls, learning boring things that don’t matter to them at all and don’t in any way help them cultivate their mind, heart, and spirit.
4. It teaches children to fear failure
Mistakes help us grow into wiser beings, but school is teaching children to fear failure, as if it is some kind of an evil thing they need to avoid. Children at school are told to study solely in order to pass exams, and those who fail at exams are looked down upon, sometimes even mocked at, as if they themselves are failures. Therefore, children learn to fear making mistakes, which makes them not desire to achieve 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 playing, having fun, laughing, 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, as children grow up, they are taught that play isn’t good since it’s not productive, and that they should consider it simply as a waste of time. In addition, they are taught to be serious, uptight, worried about future ends, which ultimately makes them depressed, not being able to let go, relax into the present moment and enjoy themselves.
6. It teaches children to avoid listening to their heart
Unlike adults, children are in tune with their inner voice and know what they’re passionate about. However, after years of social conditioning — when they finally become adults themselves — they don’t pay attention to their inner voice anymore. This conditioning takes place mainly at school, where almost every day children are forced to do things that they hate doing, that they find boring and futile and which they are taught society will reward them for. As a consequence, they’re wasting their limited time in this life not doing what their heart is beating for.
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 they have to sacrifice almost one third of their lives forcing themselves to learn and do particular things just so that they can get a degree that will allow them to work later on — most probably as corporate slaves. Thus, children stop pursuing their passions that would give true purpose and meaning to their lives, and instead only do dull things that burden their psyche and merely help them to 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 enjoy the here and now. Unfortunately, most people are always aiming for a future end, thinking that once they achieve it they will be fulfilled and happy. This mentality has been mainly imbued in them via schooling. At school, children are made to believe that sacrificing today will reward them tomorrow. Being constantly focused on the future, however, they don’t savor the present moment, and after many years they end up filled with regrets for having wasted the precious gift of life.
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