Education

I didn’t like school. Obviously I liked my friends and the many brilliant times we had messing around but the education part of it was shit. They basically told me I was thick.
Being told as a teenager that you have a reading age of a 7 year old is really going to help your confidence isn’t it! What a stupid thing to say to a young person!
It’s funny really, they didn’t even put me in for my English exam. That would be why I’m able to write these blog pieces and stories like my recent Vanguardian series.

Same was true with maths. I have no GCSE in maths because they didn’t put me in for it. That would be why for the last 9 years I have run my own business dealing with profit margins, markup percentages and VAT returns.

I’ve been giving all this a lot of thought lately. I suppose I am lucky. Despite society and the system having absolutely no confidence in me I am blessed to be an individual who has some sense of self and a desire to progress. Others are not so lucky and take the world’s lack of belief in themselves very seriously.

I look at our society today and I see the academisation of the work place. It seems bizarre to me that a nurse must now have a degree to be a nurse. Surely there are more important qualities such as compassion. Must you have a degree to be compassionate? Isn’t that a quality one is born with? I’m not knocking those who have degrees but it seems that we are writing off a large chunk of the population who would have previously found good roles in life but because they may not be academic they are assigned to the scrap heap. I don’t agree with this. Like my rants about the cost of medicine to treat eczema, education has now become an industry which is built to make money out of students which are really just customers. In order to get on you have to subscribe to the system. That’s not education, that’s bullshit. People who excel in academic studies often have brilliant memory. They’re able to hold information and then regurgitate it at exam time. Yet if we look at the innovators and the pushers of boundaries, we see time and time again they are the creatives, the thinkers who think out of the box with not a degree between them. Again, I am not dismissing academics, we all have our place but I am dismissing this one size fits all education system and more recently it being the dominant path to the workplace. If you don’t subscribe, you don’t get in.
Perhaps the problem is with those in positions of power to give employment. The manager who himself got his degree now sneers at the guy applying for the job who has been doing the job for years but doesn’t have the degree. Jealousy? 

Ok, so that’s my rant and position since leaving school. But lately things have been interesting, very interesting for me. Lot’s of spiritual things and some deep awakenings of awareness in myself. I’ve come to realise that my bad experience of education has brick-walled my own options. The idea of going back to that system appalled me. But I now realise it might just be the best thing for me to do. I am looking for change in my life and in my time since leaving the education system that failed me, I have since taught myself so much. I’m more confident. I can read and write well enough. I am better equipped to follow their pre-designed paths. It’s taken me 20 years but I’ve got there by myself. So yes, I am thinking about returning to education. I want to break down that wall of limitation I built for myself caused by my bad experience. I think that’s what they might call progress.
Oh, and by the way, after school I did a diploma in music. I hated it and learnt very little that was any use in my own music. But I remember being told I should probably not pursue music. Doesn’t that tell you so much about the people doing the teaching. Teachers are an odd mix of people but the best teachers are born with a gift that no degree can teach. 

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