“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.” - Ernest Hemingway
First, I hope to be understood when I say the public school system is a giant fault line. I know of many great people who are educators and teachers and wish to not mean this as a concerted attack on anyone of them. The main reason is to seek a discussion when it comes to the fabrics of our society. The public school system is a large seam in our tapestry of society. Education is a key in life, not the key to life. And it is even said that "don't let your education get in the way of your learning." My own personal experience with the public school system is "everything I've needed to know in my adult life is what I learned in kindergarten." I understand the social learning that is important in a young person's life. I don't however, see the overall benefit of a child being thrown into a machine where they eventually only learn that they need to be a cog in the great machine of society.
On my tombstone or even if it is a last final breath from me, I will always say "there is always a better or different way." The public school system has been a means of so much tragedy and harm in our society. For years now, there is so much claim to certain innovative leaders and CEO's or even past Einstein's that "well, they never went to college. They never went to school. They dropped out!" Yet, we deem a public school system so importantly in people's lives that we somehow do not see the disconnect in those statements. I also tend to feel that is why there are so many depressed and deflated adults today. They (including myself) have gone through this system from such an early age. It was simply what was told we "needed" to do in order to have a fulfilling adulthood. Well, many of us are into this ever fleeting "adulthood" and so many feel robbed.
Never has there been a time where the internet has been such a force in our society as it is today. This means that as a society had to adapt from horse to motorized carts. We have to adapt from the horse and carriage of a public school system to the ever changing technological advances of today. There is a continual bombarding from political sleaders that are always touting the "betterment of our future" "for our children". Their actions are always a step in a different selfish direction over what they claim to say.
Want to increase a better future for our children? Why not, allow children to be children first and foremost. Stop expecting so much from them. The false expectations we have on ourselves as adults seeps over to them. I hope the public school system fails or at very least reformed. It is only in a future's best interest for the school system to fail. That is how things progress and grow. We are in a time right now where we see [many] school boards and teachers only fighting for what is in the best interest of their pockets rather than what is actually good for our children.
I feel that there should be more school funding directed to the homes of the children. Let the kids learn from their parents. And the parent's receive some compensation for bills [if] it interferes with their work hours. Or, better yet. Have companies receive a tax write-off for allowing their workers to stay home with their kids to teach. The parents don't have to be rushed off to make a living only to find that years from now, their deepest regrets are not being home more with their children. Maybe public schools should be viewed more as a public social structure in which children can go if they want, for social connecting. Teachers are not needed to be there 80% of their day. I feel a problem why our public school system has failed ethically is because a salary has been attached. Most teachers I would argue just see it as a job. They are not closely connected to the children's better future possibilities but rather "they are just 30 objects sitting in their class and can't wait for summer to arrive."
The public school system fails to teach how to utilize the internet effectively. Even the very people at the tops of social media echelons are still trying to figure out the internet's possibilities. The internet is something that is just a reward system, go to school, do your homework then you can fiddle around on tik-tok and the internet. Both, in that light can be very damaging to a young person's identity. Maybe that is the whole sinister point of the public school system. To not churn out the best and brightest but to churn out more dull and darker human beings that need to thrive off the work/reward system already in place. Time is a precious and valuable thing. That is not taught in principle at schools, the only time they value is follow this schedule and you will receive this award that you finished. Congratulations! Now, we have an ever increasing number of adults who feel they have done the right thing by societies standards and feel entirely left out of the system that they were told to endure.
Again, I hope to understand a better way at this public school system. I for one feel it is broken, nearing the point of collapse, which would be a good thing if it does.