My daughter starting school last September, at the tender age of 4, has led to me to discover that many elements of the education system are worryingly similar to many of the unwholesome corporate practices I have witnessed (and am trying to uninstall from myself).
Work: Money in > motivation out
School: Information in > exam results out
Even exercise: Calories in > energy out
It’s all the same – it sees a person as a production unit, not a complex organism.
This is what I’d hope for my kids to learn, in order to have a better chance of getting by in the future, and gaining sustainable fulfilment:
Self-reliance, adventurousness, self-awareness, creativity, diverse practical experience, and a sense of purpose.
Dependence, obedience, self-doubt, conventional groupthinking, abstract knowledge, and a sense of despair.
The beginning of my daughter’s industrial processing has resulted in a handful of blog posts that have helped me name my fears, and begin figuring out what the alternatives might be to provide more nourishing conditions for human growth.
So I’ll be posting some of them over the next few weeks, the first one on Friday.
Feel free to lighten my darkness by telling me that I’ve got it all wrong, or fuel my fire that I’ve made one of the most important discoveries of my industrially indoctrinated life…