This post has to deal with a mentality I've had for quite some time. The mentality of far too many people following the herd.
I'm not sure when we as humans thought it was ok to be robotic in thought? Our mind is one of our greatest assets, so I cannot understand why we try and limit it.
Since coming back to school I've been reintroduced to the drone life that is education, for the most part university has been like a stale bag of chips when hunger strikes. Sure it has initial appeal, but when you go ahead and actually taste it, you immediately regret it.
Don't get me wrong school has its purpose and I totally get that, but I don't understand why you must learn about things that don't interest you. We should learn about things that open our minds. Why must we must spend large amounts of time, memorizing material we will never use, and then having to regurgitate it on a test... I guess is beyond me??
I have this small grudge with the schooling system because its lack of nurturing creativity, and just making kids and adults pieces to a broken puzzle. Throughout our educational careers we're ranked by grades. These grades go like this:
A = You're the S#*t
B= You're almost good enough, but keep trying
C= Kick it up a notch, or you're just going to be average
D= If you keep going down this path, things won't look good
F= You FAIL
These dumb letters dictate our life from the age of 5 to the age of 22 ( sometimes beyond). I think our letters should look more like our crazy text acronyms, perhaps looking something like this:
GJ = GoodJob
LYC = Like your creativity
TWG = That was great
GE = Great Effort
Shoot at least these acronyms and letters give encouragement , they even look better than those other stale letters!
My grudge comes from falling prey to these letters during my young educational career. At some point in my early life I was deemed average by the grades I achieved. I actually believed I was just average, my letters were always consistently 'C's" or around there. It was only when I felt interested in what I was learning did I actually get better grades.
I left High School without a purpose and not ready to commit to more stale education, so I went an alternate route. Had I not traveled down this path perhaps I would never understand my true potential!
See I now realize that Grades do not dictate who you are, not in a job, not in school, and not in life. You dictate who you are, we all have immense potential, and each and everyone one of us have our unique abilities. We do not all fit into a square peg or a round hole.
Some of us our shapes that are unimaginable, some of us something different entirely. This uniqueness is what makes us special.
Millions of people are possibly missing out on what they can truly be, because they're being forced to conform to a mold.
I say F' that, encourage yourself, your children, your relatives, anyone you can to be themselves and be proud of it. We certainly don't need a world in which everyone does the same thing....we need creative, unique, awesome individuals....and guess what each and everyone of us was born with that potential !
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