The school motivation system
The way our school system de/motivates us. We are the slaves of this system. Fight it back and get your life energy back!
What I’m referring to with “the school motivation system” is simply the way the education system teaches us how to be motivated. To be honest it sucks — at least a conventional education system does.
Punishment for doing nothing and nothing for doing everything (mostly homework)
- motivation based on a fear can’t be successfully applied in a long term situation because it creates revolutions and mental problems as side effects. Revolutions — being aggressive and breaking the rules is the most common case . Mental problems — partly caused by the aggressive revolutionists but mainly by a pressure from the school itself based on a pure fear of getting a bad mark and later on being yelled at by parents or even physically punished. And here you have a never ending circle — either you are a revolutionist who gives a shit about a school which is in fact just a mental defense which is directly saying “I don’t wanna deal with it neither I wanna be a part of it” which leads to being lonely which might lead to mental illnesses like a depression or anxiety or you already suffer from a mental disbalance caused by an actual school, revolutionists or a combination of both of them.
Learn everything and forget the vast majority of it in a process of learning something else after taking an exam.
- One of many studies has shown that people remembered just 45% from a school after 3 years of not refreshing their memories. I think studies are not even necessary here because everyone who studied in school (the vast majority of people reading this article) can say that they remember just a small portion of all the knowledge and they have always forgotten a big portion of it after taking an exam. The problem is that we can’t get close enough to a topic we study at a moment because we are in a constant hurry (get to know the topic → learn it as fast as possible → take an exam → again with a new topic). The result is that we consume more information than we actually can fully process and understand so our minds are overloaded. This might lead to a 10 months long stress journey which then pauses for 2 months and then continues on putting even more stress on an already stressed person.
Swim under a water for 5 minutes teacher said to an elephant, dolphin, monkey, dog, tiger and a balloon.
- It’s so stupid that it almost becomes funny how teachers and the education system, in general, think that they can measure every single one person with the same standards regardless the obvious fact that not even a single person on this planet thinks the exact same way another one does.
It clearly shows that collaborating and actually doing things is way better than reading, seeing, hearing or all of them together which is what the conventional school learning system is. Basically, you read something and then you see and hear a teacher furiously explaining it.
Due to this doing a lot of students and later on working adults think they should be looked down because they sucked at school which is actually irrelevant in this case. Bad marks don’t mean that you are stupid, it just means that the learning style schools use doesn’t fit you which applies to the majority of people as shown in the graph so you don’t have to be that worried.
Being fully focused on a subject that doesn’t interest you.
- So-called attention span, which is a period of time in which one can pay attention and don’t be distracted, usually lasts from 5 to 20 minutes. We also have an ability to refocus again but with every immediate refocus our attention span shrinks. You might think that school would utilize a lesson length to more effectively gain students’ attention and hypothetically learn them more. But sadly no, there is a minimum of schools that actually do it. In fact, the vast majority of schools use 45 or 60 minutes long lessons which is 2–3 times more than a usual time span of a healthy adult. Let’s be optimistic and say that with every refocus you loose 20% of people that are able to refocus immediately. That would mean that schools lose 20–40% of students’ attention which is a pretty big loss which might lead to bad marks and a later motivation to try to refocus during a lesson ever again. Due to the fact that the student gets bad marks because he/she couldn’t focus during the lesson also spoils the actual lesson/subject and demotivates the student to try to catch up and learn the rest of what he/she didn’t catch during the lesson.
The school is so fun when you can spend a half of a day at it!
- When a person wants to learn something and has a bigger chance to remember it after some time he/she has to be excited and fully motivated for it. But do you feel motivated enough after 7 45 minutes lessons to come back the following day and undergo the same schedule? I don’t and I strongly believe that the most of the students share the same opinion.
Here I wanna pack some “funny” facts for you:
- 50.4% of students felt overwhelming anxiety
- 30.9% were so depressed it was difficult to function
- 11.1% were diagnosed with depression
- 7.1% seriously considered suicide
- 5.6% intentionally injured themselves
- 4.7% were diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- 2.1% were diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder)
- 1.2% attempted suicide
So what might possibly fix this really unpleasant situation?
- Use incentive motivation instead of fear motivation (A form of motivation that involves rewards, both monetary and nonmonetary is often called incentive motivation. Many people are driven by the knowledge that they will be rewarded in some manner for achieving a certain target or goal. Bonuses and promotions are good examples of the type of incentives that are used for motivation.)
- Get rid of unnecessary subjects and specialize classes right from a primary school. This would let the students focus more on details and get closer with a topic which would make them remember it better. Every student should also have a right to
individually consult with a teacher and shouldn’t be compared with the others.
- Change a style of learning from a constant reading, seeing and hearing to working in a collective and actually doing something instead of sitting in one place for a huge amount of time.
- Create a system of a dynamic length of the lesson or one fixed lesson no longer than 20 minutes. This might increase a percentage of understood and remembered information. And it also could motivate the students to like the lesson/subject more.
- Decrease a period of time the students have to be in school. It could be done with, as I previously mentioned, getting rid of unnecessary subjects and shortening the lesson length.
And finally what the result might look like?
- Much bigger percentage of happy students/adults and much lower percentage of depressed students/adults (less bully, depression, stress and anxiety).
- Students/adults that know a lot about a few subjects very well instead of students/adults that know almost nothing about almost everything.
- Better motivation and drill to learn new things after finishing school and later continuation in learning them instead of almost no motivation or drill to learn new things after finishing school and later continuation in learning them because of schools spoiling the whole concept of learning new things as described above.
- Better social skills and dealing with the public, strangers or just people with different opinion or knowledge thanks to the different style of learning (working in a collective and actually doing something).
- Better social, scientific and overall improvement thanks to the subject specialization and individual consultations rather than a slow improvement thanks to millions of subjects always taught the same way.