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Education Revelation: 9 Reasons Why Our School System is a Joke.

Libby Griffin

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school” – Albert Einstein 

Our mainstream school system is a streamlined brainwashing process whereby bright, brave, self-motivated, curious, creative, enthusiastic, and effortlessly themselves six year olds are squeezed out twelve years later into the “real world”, as socially awkward, insecure and immature order followers who have forgotten how to use their imaginations, have no clue who they are or what they want to do, and are almost completely unequipped for real life, and to top it off – you paid for it. 

Many of us are so traumatised from our school experiences that we keep ourselves distracted for the rest of our lives with television, work, and play (getting blind drunk on the weekend) so we never have to think about it again.

But if you were to have a proper think about it, I guarantee you would be f%cking outraged. And that’s why I have spent countless hours writing this article. Because I want you to get mad. You should be.

The mainstream education system we have in place today is nothing short of a joke. And yet, it really isn’t funny at all. Developed during the industrial revolution when the world needed good little order following factory workers who understood basic Maths and English, the school system was set up to prepare us for factory life (hence the bells for lunch and recess breaks). 

Today, the world needs very different things than what it did during the industrial revolution and yet our school system has barely changed. 

Why?

Isn’t education paramount in creating a better future?

It is utterly outrageous that a student should spent twelve years of their life in school and graduate without being able to answer the most basic and essential questions like, 'who am I' and 'what do I love the most'?

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Here are 9 reasons why our mainstream school system is a joke:

  1. destruction of the imagination

Forced to mindlessly memorise propaganda and useless facts that we will never need to know, schools train us to blindly follow orders without questioning authority, and most diabolically: robs us of our most powerful tool: our imagination.

2. physical torture

Forcing children to sit unnaturally still in a chair all day is nothing short of torture. And it has this devastating consequence: in order to survive their physical conditions, children learn to disassociate themselves from their bodies warning signs (“fidgeting” is a sign you need to move), e.g. we stop listening to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

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3. Uniforms destroy individuality

There is much debate over whether uniforms have a positive or detrimental impact on children, and personally, I believe uniforms are just another overlooked violation to our freedom of expression and only further disconnects us from our sense of identity. 

Some say the purpose of uniforms is to create an identity for the school, to show you are part of an organisation; that they give students a sense of belonging and increased sense of school pride and spirit. That they can increase self-discipline, minimise economic and social class barriers, reduce the risk of bullying and take off the pressure off figuring out what to wear.

And I can see their point.

BUT.

If children were allowed to wear whatever they wanted to school, would they really be running wild and out of control, bullying and teasing each other relentlessly, with nothing that unites them? 

Perhaps they might actually be less rebellious because they would have less to be subconsciously pissed off about.

Of course creating a sense of unity and community is important. Its paramount. But look at our society; there is no community or unity. Nobody knows their neighbours anymore and when I go into public places, I don’t feel a sense of unity, I feel like I’m trying to dodge a minefield of judgemental looks. 

There are plenty of other more positive and effective ways to stop bullying.

Perhaps it's a catch 22. Perhaps the reason we are all so critical and judgemental of each other's differences is because we are robbed of our right to express ourselves when we are young and encouraged to try and be the same. Perhaps thats why, when we do differentiate ourselves in even in the smallest of ways, we become a target for criticism and bullying.

It's almost hilarious to hear people defend uniforms by claiming they can "improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically.”

Um.. maybe children having trouble focusing because what they are learning is a load of shit that is unnecessary, irrelevant and boring as fuck. Maybe its because they aren't meant to sit in chairs all day, because they should have more time outside in the fresh air, enjoying their lives. Maybe children deserve to have a say in what they wish to spend their time and energy learning about.

Take Finland as the perfect example: their students have the highest academic record in the world, and they only go to school for 3 hours a day and have no homework.

Our students aren’t the problem, it’s our outdated and corrupt school system that is training us to switch off rather than be sharp thinkers.

4. Grades destroy self worth + encourage bullying

Schools destroys our sense of self esteem and self worth by grading us.

If you do your research, you will discover that our current grading system was originally designed so that we could differentiate between those that are "special needs" and those that are "normal". It was never intended to be a measurement of intelligence. The grades you get in school in no way reflect how "intelligent" and "capable" you are.  

“Oh but people need to be competitive”... Yeah, but making children feel shit about themselves is unnecessary and traumatic, and affects their sense of self worth for the rest of their lives. Couldn’t we teach children to be competitive within themselves? To keep improving themselves and be better than they were yesterday, rather than to be better than their friends?

"Modern education is competitive, nationalistic and separative. It has trained the child to regard material values as of major importance, to believe that his nation is also of major importance and superior to other nations and peoples. The general level of world information is high but usually biased, influenced by national prejudices, serving to make us citizens of our nation but not of the world." - Einstein

This is why we live in a society that is so divided, where most of us try to compete with each other over who is the coolest or richest, rather than wanting to make real and genuine friendships and help each other - because many of us are still unknowingly traumatised from being labelled as “stupid”, "loser" or “trouble maker”, or simply given average grades.

5. propaganda + irrelevant information

Instead of learning skills that will actually help us thrive in the world, like innovation, kindness and creativity, we are forced to learn about virtually pointless things, such as war and complicated Mathematics.

Why are we not taught about basic psychology so that we can develop healthy communication and relationship skills? Is this not relevant to all aspects of life? 

Why don't we all have a basic survival skills and an understanding of good healthy living practices, preventative medicine and first aid? Why do we learn almost nothing about true health and nutrition? With all the knowledge available to us, how can people still think that a bowl of cows milk and wheat bix is healthy? Why do we not learn how to read and understand ingredient labels? 

Why is it that we learn about certain parts of our history and not others? Why don't we all have at the very least, a basic understanding of how our government, legal and financial systems work? Why does nobody understand how the Federal Reserve was created? Why don't we learn how to make wise choices with our money? Why does nobody understand how money is created?

Why do we not learn about the amazing transformative power of our own breathe or the absolutely incredible life changing benefits of meditation?

"If every child in the world was taught meditation, you will eliminate violence within one generation" - Dalai Lama

 Why don't we learn about the importance of sunlight, instead of being taught to fear it? Why do we use sunscreens that have cancer causing ingredients in them?

Why don't we learn about the simple yet relevant things to us such as the amazing truths about colour, sound and water, their relationships and what they are truly capable of? Why don't we learn about the absolute importance of uninhibited self expression?

Why are we trained to think we must choose one thing "to become"?

6. we should be learning from children

In a way children know who they are more than us adults do… this is because children are naturally curious and brave; they aren't afraid to participate or try new things, and that is how they discover what they like and what they don't like.

They are still connected to their innate sense of self because they work with the simplicity of their feelings - if it feels good, they do it, if it feels bad, they don't. It is a simple philosophy to live by, but a wise one: it is absolutely crucial that we be connected to the wisdom of our own feelings if we are to live truly fulfilling lives.

Imagine a world where every child was treated with absolute respect and told that they are already amazing and gifted. Imagine a world where children are encouraged to be individuals. Where they are taught to do what interests them the most so they can explore their unique gifts and talents and express them freely in a judgment free environment, without fear of failure or rejection.

What if the teachers role was not to discipline, grade and boss the children around, but instead to guide and support them to do what they were most passionate about? What if instead of getting told off for fidgeting, you were encouraged to go have a dance? What if you were not punished for laughing or talking with your friends, but encouraged?

7. We Live In the Age of Information: Be Your Own Teacher

By the time we graduate high school, many of us have no clue who we are or what we love, so we study business for a lack of better idea. We then get a job in the city, wearing the most impressive suit we can afford, and some shiny shoes and cufflinks to show the world we mean to be taken seriously, while secretly we spend all week waiting for the weekend so we can get as drunk as possible to forget about the fact we feel lost and unfulfilled.

Once upon a time, university was people's only option for receiving an education. But now that we have the internet, the idea of paying money to study something like business at Uni is absolutely ridiculous (and lazy) when you consider all the resources now available to us online (and in books).

If you want to learn about art, go and do some art. If you want to work in media, buy a camera and start your project. In todays world, all you need is passion; all the other resources you need are out there.

If you aren’t sure what to do with your life, go travel. Or simply explore your own city and community. Try new things. Meet new people. Step outside of your comfort zone. Have some fucking fun. Don’t just do a business degree for a lack of a better idea! Isn’t twelve years enough time wasted in our brain-numbing education system? This is your life! Don’t waste another day. If your not sure what to do - go find out what lights you up!

8. You Are The Most Important Subject

My real education began long after I left school and college; I learnt more during my 8 months of solo world travel than I did in a decade of living a "normal life" within the matrix. Learning about yourself is the most important, most rewarding and most relevant thing you can study.

"Me” should be the main subject at school, with everything else based around it. It’s not selfish or self-absorbed, it is practical and essential that we should know who we are and what we are capable of.

9. schools kill curiosity + put us off learning

Not only do schools brainwash us and waste our precious time, it also puts many of us off learning altogether! Our sense of curiosity is destroyed and so we stop asking questions. We are also ingrained with the idea that once we graduate, it means we are now officially "educated". And this is a very dangerous belief indeed, for Education Never Ends. 

“The fool believes himself to be wise, and the wise man knows he is a fool” - William Shakespeare

To think that so many people graduate school or university believing they are now officially an "educated" "intellectual", and that continuing their learning is unnecessary (especially if they have a large income) is concerning. To think that most people believe that by reading the newspaper, listening to the news or by subscribing to National Geographic or the Financial Review, that they are an "informed intellectual”, is seriously disturbing.

Oh now that I have brought the media into this I’m really starting to sound like a “conspiracy theorist” aren't I? I understand that it is very confronting to hear that you are a slave and that your masters don’t give a fuck about you and are intentionally dumbing you down and distracting you from what really matters so that they can remain in power… but, it’s true.

And if you don’t agree… then I am going to take an educated guess and say that the only difference between you and I is the fact that I’ve asked the right questions. For you see, my curiosity is very much intact. And that is all one needs in order to find answers.

Why are schools so corrupted?

Our masters our don't want us to be curious, intelligent or informed. And they definitely don't want us to be united. Hence our school system is set up to divide us and encourage competition rather than teamwork, collaboration and equality - this is part of the reason why our schools are rampant with bullies; our schools are breeding grounds for judgement and anger.

So… Now what?

Well, even if you don’t agree with everything I’ve said, let’s just pretend for one second that I’m right. What if the education we received wasn’t actually education… What if school is a streamlined brainwashing program, that tag teams with the media and our entertainment industry to turn you into a money making machine for the 1%?

What if your values and the lens through which you see the world, was chosen for you.

What if you were actually highly uneducated…

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?!!!!

I’m guessing that after you get over the initial shock and rage, and have calmed down, that one of the first things you would do is start seeking out knowledge and get yourself a real education!!!

Am I right? Suddenly the world would seem full of mystery again…

Suddenly you would have a desperate thirst for knowledge. 

Well, regardless of whether you believe me, it is in your best interest to keep a healthy level of curiosity and hunger for information alive within you. Seek out as much truth as you can - don’t just take my word for it. Go and do your own research. The truth is out there.

But know this: it will never be presented to you in the mainstream media.

Luckily there are countless sources of independent media and highly self-educated professionals who have dedicated their entire lives to uncovering these buried truths, such as the legendary David Icke.

All the evidence is out there... life changing information awaits you… at the end of your finger tips. Just a google search away.

But be quick now, “they” are beginning to tighten their grip on the internet too.

So go be curious. Be very curious.

And ask the million dollar question: what do our masters know that we don't?

The truth really will set you free.

"to be nobody but yourself In a world that's doing it's very best, night and day, to make you just like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting" - e.e cummings

And for the love of god - send your children to an independent school like Steiner or Montessori.

This is a great talk by Sir Ken Robinson I would highly recommend.

And for those of you who are really curious and brave.. you may like to join my new Wonder Club - there you will find all kinds of treats designed to help you learn more about yourself and break free from the matrix programming.

Rewrite Your Story

Libby Griffin

As a human being, I am complicated. There are many parts: many voices, layers and stories that make me me.

There are the light parts: the enthusiastic parts, the hopeful parts, the appreciative parts; the parts that shriek with delight when they watch epic romanic love stories; the parts that know love conquers all.

And then there are the sad, small parts. The ugly parts. The fearful parts. The regretful parts. The dark parts.

There were those moments when everything I held dear was seemingly gone. After I put myself out there and got burned. When I loved someone who didn't love me back. When my love just wasn’t enough. When I abused and ignored my body and mind to the point of exhaustion. To the point of knocking on death's door. Those moments when I lay alone in my shadowy hole of despair: raw, vulnerable, and defeated, with an aching heart and unbearable emotions; when all hope was lost.

and realised...

something else was down there, patiently waiting for me.

Something, that, despite a few close encounters, I'd never met before. Something so powerful, it could never be defeated. Something so whole, that it could never be completed. Something that loves me unconditionally. And believes in me fully. Something that knows me far better than I do, that is betting on me to succeed. Someone who will never give up waiting for me to remember myself. 

The warrior part of me.

The ancient me. The divine me.

The part that still hopes after its world has been shattered. The part that reminds me I am enough. More than enough.

The part that reminds me what all of the best love stories have in common: they had to go against the odds to get there.  

The part that holds on to the lessons, and lets the rest go.

That picks itself up, looks up at the stars and remembers it is a part of something grand.

That magic really does exist. That things are never as they seem. 

It remembers sunsets and rainbows, rainforests and echoes, mysteries and stories...

It remembers its own.

And the power it has to rewrite it at any moment.