As the cyclical and seemingly never ending debate about education rages on, the topic – somewhat ironically, often poses more questions than it provides answers.
But what is the value of mainstream schooling? Why is it that some of the most high profile and successful figures within the Western world openly admit to never having completed any form of higher learning?
Paying homage to Jefferson Bethke’s “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus”, a piece that received 22 million views in the space of a week, I address a number of these issues in my offering “Why I Hate School, but Love Education”.
With scores of school leavers wanting to further their education with no guarantee of their dream job at the end of it, we should ask ourselves whether qualifications still hold the same value now as they did in previous years?
Does success in the school system correlate to success in life? Or is the school system simply geared towards fact retention and regurgitation?
What is true education?
There is a difference between school and education but growing up we are only taught one definition of education which is going to school to learn basic concepts that the system feels we should know. Education has no boundaries and people can be educated in anything they choose to focus on and spend time learning. School is not the only way to gain an education but in this society schooling is placed on a pedestal and those who don’t finish seem to be deemed uneducated or unworthy of receiving a job. As I stated in one of my papers for school “I know I am far more than what my grades represent but this is the society that we live in where an accumulated number is more important than actually being educated.” Not saying that I get bad grades or anything but why should a simple number show how educated we really are. There is nothing wrong with going to school to further your education, but the main point is that there are other ways to be educated than what society tries to limit us to.