“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves!” – Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, humanitarian, and notable badass of history
Perhaps one of the reasons why our current education system still exists in its modern form, the process of tedious, often boring memorization and subjection to human rights violations is because of certain attitudes that exist in the world. These attitudes vary, but they all show similarity.
Slaves from the 1600s until 1865 were subjected to racism, back-breaking labor with little to often no pay, and were given no opportunities to advance in the world (unless they decided to take the risk of escaping). Many slaves were often brainwashed into thinking that what they were doing was justified, that their race was inferior, and that it was for their own good. Heck, there were (rare) cases of former black slaves going on to own slaves themselves!
Compulsory schooling follows a similar brainwash technique to slavery. Dehumanize the subject and convince them that they are inferior and that what is being done to them is for their own good. Students aren’t allowed to make their own ideas, because they are wrong, according to the school. What they did as a child will not matter because schooling is more important than your personal life. Many adults often insult this generation, and other generations before have gone through similar experiences. However, some teenagers just accept it: what’s being done for them is good, and they’ll pass that down to other generations. This was a tactic which partly helped slavery still exist, and is still used today to justify compulsory schooling.
Another maddening tactic used to justify compulsory schooling is the idea that education must be boring, and that there is no other way to do it but “the right way”. If you say school is boring, either you’re going to be recommended to be treated for ADHD, or you’ll be told by a teacher, “learning isn’t necessarily fun, so pay attention!”. But who said education has to be boring? Why are we told it’s for our own good? Why are ideas such as autodidacticism and democratic free schools so taboo in schools? Because schools want us to conform, and schools want us to be slaves. Of course, learning doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many resources on the internet these days (such as Wikipedia) learning doesn’t have to be in the traditional classroom style.
School is slavery in so many ways, and shares a lot of disturbing parallels to slavery. I’ll wrap up this rather short article for now, but don’t buy the idea that your age makes you inferior and only older people can teach you, or that the traditional classroom style is the only way to learn, because none of that is true. Be a rebel, not a conformist.