The flaws in our education

Ayesha Abbasi, Social Media Editor/Columnist

standardized testing
standardized testing

Our education systems are not so much a community of sharing knowledge, but a structure of misinformation and capitalist values. The academic degree we pay for isn’t a stamp of education. Our characters are the signature of what we learn, apply and continue to seek.
From when legislators make public education policies whilst sending their kids to private schools, the education system is designed to fail us. Governments should be spending more money on schools (whilst being free of charge to all) then they do for national security and arsenal.

True education, prevents idleness. We become politically and socially active, we understand our surrounding. We become a threat to the state.
No one said it better than Assata Shakur; “no one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
The education we receive here in the West in the theory and practice of teaching alone – not learning. Here in the West to study, to claim qualifications we acquire debts we could never pay off to get into jobs that make nothing of us. Students learn what the system wishes them toe learn. The choice of material for kids from which they learn is carefully pre-selected.
Learning is everything. I’ve found that everything I’ve ever wanted to learn, I remember. Everything I’ve taught myself, I remember. Self education is key. The walls of the educational system must come down.
Education should not be a privilege so children of those who have money can study. Those who decide our health and education policies are determined by those who send their kids to private schools and use private jets.
Let me tell you it takes a lot to spend even 16 years of your life in academia and manage to stay sane. It’s an accomplishment in itself. I’ve seen how the pressure of standardized  exams, measuring ones self parallel to those exam results break people.
Teachers need to realize that they’re shaping the lives of children paramount to character development. It’s really humbling to work with children with learning difficulties and have them accomplish their work and thank you for it. Schools kill education. Kids attending school do not value learning. Teaching should not be a ‘plan b’ or some job you do to pay the bills. They tell kids their intelligence is determined by standardized exams. I’m going to educate the hell out of my kids and I hope the rest of the world does too.