Pink Floyd’s song is on target. School is like a factory – it forces people to memorize terms which they will never use to converse with people. They’re also ideas created by people who want to control the narrative. Will 90% or more ever be applied in a career? Likely not.
They sell this idea that it “increases critical thinking” or a “type of thinking.” Really? What type of thinking is being cultivated? The “follower” type? Very few classes benefited me in getting larger grasps of the world, but even so, some of them will never be used in any type of business or job. In fact, as mentioned in another post, it is hiring by word-of-mouth. That means, only those with connections get these jobs. Realize, that is the same result from manufacturing and before then, natural resources. (Oh wait, remember the answer is either a written “other” or “none of the above”).
Now, I am having to learn MORE psychobabble in these classes which claim they are for business. I know it is HIGHLY wrong to criticize psychobabble – even harder to do than criticizing race, gender, religion, or well, ANY other subject. It’s literally in everything and creating a class of unseen, unheard, and frankly, brainwashed into submission, class of individuals.
What classes tell students to create inventions? Further, if you look at funding for start-ups, they clearly are going to certain demographics of people. I question if they were from those they knew. For someone like me, that is downright impossible. Further, no classes show you how to do a WeFunder or even set up an LLC or any other business entity! This is business, people.
I – and who knows how many others – are enrolled for financial aid. If I wasn’t enrolled, my only job is taking orders as a subordinate for the forever – I mean FOREVER – minimum wage. No, nobody would ever be interested in my anti-status quo ideas. Moreover, what applicable skills are you learning? None. Yet, when I came around, the cost of education is probably the highest here than in the entire world (though I heard Canada is pricey too, but alas, it is very American I guess). It’s basically a place to wafer away and try to not drown. Worse, if I could keep that minimum wage job – and try living in California, even in one of the cheapest counties in it. Oh no, you got sick? You get tired standing on your feet all day? You don’t smile? You got angry at work one day because you were too afraid to pretend you were sick instead? Your co-worker reported you because they are jealous of you? Bye.
Now they are teaching this “EQ” test which essentially is just marking people’s social skills and inward-focused viewing. This semester is going to be long. I hate this. Meanwhile, I learn more outside of the classroom.
I feel that school is just an oppressive environment overall. Yet, I remain… and remain… and remain. Granted, I do get those ‘grades’ but it is just even harder when I am trying to create a website. Instead of having internships or real skills that employers ask for – we get…. theories, brainwashing, and honestly, I think it’s just to keep the public content.
Critical thinking was the top one. Only ONE class in that is even required for learning about logical fallacies. 99% of school is “follow the herd.” Now I am hearing about some innovation, but the rest is just conjecture.
Well, I like the song..