I Questioned The School System on Rewarding Extroverts and I Found The Truth Behind Learning
It’s time to recognize and make the changes we want to see as a society in our schools.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Why you should care
Everyone is different but there is only one system. Society and our needs have changed but school hasn’t progressed with us!
School was not designed for people like me, but rather they just wanted me to become like the other kids. As everyone else seems to be calm, relaxed and even excited, I wonder…
How is this fair?
How can I struggle so much while it seems like everyone else is naturally thriving in the classroom?
If our school systems are so rewarding to extroverts and their learning styles then what about the others?
Who is designed to get the most out of their experience, education, and enjoyment in college?
How do people’s feelings and perspectives change about learning and education as they have grown up?
My Podcast- Researching these questions, and seeing what I found.
Changes that affect our lives
Learning has changed through history and it will continue to in our future. Each step through everyone’s personal life and through time as a society we experience change.
For example, we learn about education shifts that have happened in the past and how that has lead us to where we are now, as well as, the innovations that we are still trying to make because schooling is experimental and continually fluctuating.
By looking at the differences of high school compared to college we can observe how so many aspects change, including the way schooling is done and a person’s specific outlook.
The school system is not the only system that changes, but also each person through their lifetime, and people as a whole society. This leads as to how learning specifically has altered.
Learning, school, and education are all words that seem uniform, however, this has not always been the cause. When I think about school I think education, but under it all is learning.
The Oppression of Learning Theory
My theory is that learning is at the bottom of our educational system. I think learning is at the base of everything and influences how an individual feels toward the educational system of school. However, it often gets forgotten about and left behind. This theory is called the oppression of learning.
People have been aware of situations surrounding this topic, but still I think it is often overlooked by processes that occur before and after learning happens. For example, some of these repressive processes are aspects of the classroom like grades, tests, teaching style, class size, subjects, and changes of society. The way that I see this theory is that learning is at the center of everything that has to do with school.
This theory can continue to be applied to other issues and disciplines in the future. It’s not just about our current education changes and innovation, but also about many other topics in the world. For example, one of the many paths where this idea could branch could be for someone to look at this idea from a psychological perspective and evaluate learning with age.
“It’s not even that I got wrecked by their difficulty either. None were easier, but they were objectively easier material than courses I’ve aced before, so what’s the issue? It’s because at a core level I think that the metrics pushed by the higher education system are destructive to my passion for learning”. -College isn’t for Learners- Tyler O’Briant
Let’s get real
If our attention is on truly learning and not about standards, regulations, or traditional teaching, I think our system would naturally shape into what we need for our current world.
Do you realize how many children relate to that fish swimming upstream in class believing they are useless?
Well the time has come; no more excuses. I call school to the stand and accuse him of killing creativity, individuality and being intellectually abusive. He’s an ancient institution that has outlived his usage.”- I Just Sued the School System- Prince Ea
The school system is a platform of change; either in the past, now, or in the future. As we grow up we have experienced change in our society of education and also as growing people, so now we can see that our oppression of learning could be at the forefront of our educational challenges.
After learning more about our education system and the changes within it I feel like I have a better understanding on some of the major flaws in the school system. Also, I feel more connected to the majority of my peers and educators on their feelings towards learning within our education systems.
Now you know
There is not one definite answer to this topic, but it is interesting to better understand something that relates to everyone whether we recognize it or not.
“There is no single solution, but let’s get moving. Because while students may be 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future. So let’s attend to their dreams and there’s no telling what we can achieve. This is a world in which I believe. A world where fish are no longer forced to climb trees.”- I Just Sued the School System-Prince Ea