Time To Revolt
Posted on November 22, 2011
I have got myself into quite a lot of trouble more recently in my life for continuing to speak out against the education establishment and system of which I am apart. This reflects my personal hatred for the system in which we now live, which in itself reflects the general attitudes, opinions and feelings of the many other free thinkers out there.
There are aspects of my school which I don’t like. I don’t like its curriculum, I don’t like its ethos, and I certainly don’t like what it does to people. It is not the fault of my school though, rather the system which it is apart of. Whilst I have huge respect for many of the teachers there, and whilst I also have many great friends there, along with others who – whilst I am not personally friends with them – I hold a lot of respect for, the school itself is a very difficult place to be apart of. This isn’t a personal thing, as my school is victim to the current system which is crippling all those who are apart of it.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority is responsible for accreditation and awarding in Scotland, and thus the curriculum for schools in Scotland is built to suit the SQA. Ultimately the curriculum is decided by the Scottish Government, and so the SQA conforms to the specifications set by the Government when it decides upon both the curriculum and the exams. However, the system has become so blinded by the prospect of exams that it teaches pupils to do only 1 thing – to pass those exams. Every subject which I sit, no matter how strong and passionate the teacher, is more often than not tackling how to “pass” the “exam”. It’s terribly pathetic that the system is like this.
Free and independent thinking is no longer being fostered in Scotland. Instead of wishing to help young minds be set free with passion, drive, dreams, and desire, the education systems seems intent (whether purposely or not) on achieving the contrary.
We are not taught to be free thinkers, rather our minds are more often than not indoctrinated by the system with the hope that we will not seek to change the status quo, but support it.
This isn’t unique to Scotland either. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my country and fully understand why Scotland is continually respected on so many levels – including its Higher Education (Colleges, Universities, and the like) – but the school system itself needs changing now. I have friends in England, Germany, and Canada, who all say roughly the same; that education at school level is no longer fostering independence, rather a dependence on the system.
Surely it is time to revolt?
Would it surprise you to learn that 93% of the television stations in the U.S and U.K are owned by billionaires and their corporations? Gone is freedom of the press. Yet despite this, the majority of us still form our opinions based on what we see in the news. However, these news corporations are owned by the same people who own literally everything – the very same people who reap all the rewards of this system and thus wish to maintain it the way it is. With that in mind, how can we ever truly trust what the news tells us?
More and more often the notion of the 1% Vs. the 99% is becoming prevalent in society. In short, our current societies support the 1% and damn the rest of us.
Why is it then that we don’t all rise up together and stand for our freedoms? In the case of Occupy Wall Street (which has become a global cause) only the minority of the 99% is actually taking to the streets and doing that which most of us are currently not – telling the Man that we have had enough.
The 1% rely on their beliefs of the 99% – that we are either too scared or too stupid to try and revolt – to maintain power.
The thing is, we are neither too scared nor too stupid. If only we had the courage to see that within ourselves we could rapidly change the system. However, in order for us to be able to recognise our own potential, to determine our own destinies, we need to be good at thinking freely…
Which brings me back to my original point about education. Since education is controlled by the Government which is controlled by members of the 1%, who are themselves controlled by even more powerful members of the 1%, education is geared more than ever towards subduing independent and free thinking in exchange for breeding a dependence on the system. A system which neglects the needs of us – the 99% – but which gives the 1% everything they could ever want. Literally.
The time has come for all of us together to rise up and make our voices be heard. We are not simply commodities for the 1% to extort, we are human beings, who deserve the right to think freely, dream big, and fight for what we believe in.
Government itself is eternally noble, as is education, and it is not that either is no longer noble or just, rather that the people representing both are failing in their duties to serve the best interests of those whom they represent – us.
In 2010 I had the pleasure and honour of speaking to Patch Adams, and to this day we still exchange letters. I consider him a friend, and he often talks both publicly and privately, of society’s need for a revolution – a Love Revolution.
Who’s up for it?