Were I To Dream Big
If I could accomplish
thing in life
I think it would be to make information/knowledge
- like studies, data, etc -
accessible to all no matter status, ability, form, color, interest, identity
but also in terms of accessible as in ...
comprehensible practically a child with a basic understanding of their primary language would grasp.
I'm actually shit at reading.
It took me nearly 30 years to really realize/admit that I am shit at reading.
I have regularly utilized the "simple english" form of wikipedia many times (you can find it in the language options on the side listed as simple english)
I regularly have to look up words, even ones I have used many times before - much to my ...
chagrin <- just had to look that up to make sure i was going to use it right.
It's a combo of things I think. But that's not the point.
The point is,
Everyone should know as much about life and themselves as possible
Everyone should be able to know as much as they can.
It's inhumane to deprave the human mind of the ability to expand more broadly into it's infinity.
I truly believe that the roadblocks to proven knowledge - history for instance - have made a major contribution to the current state of overwhelming ignorance and arrogance.
Of course, other factors have. But in what world would a just society
put fucking important findings behind a paywall. Literally and figuratively.
Listen, I studied education. Yeah I know I just said I can't read and I'm not brilliant or even maybe smart but goddamnit listen
I love knowledge.
I love learning.
I love ever expanding my perspective of the human experience and processing etc.
Our education system is busted.
I want a dream big.
I want to break it all down and start from scratch. We can't keep stuffing 33 kids in a room with a teacher and a T.A. and cross our fingers everyone has the mental stability to make it through yet another year, squeezing em out through the wringer.
It was bad enough when I was in school.
I was rather ignorant in various ways but also could be stubborn and occasionally like to be obstinate. But not often, not much. Not enough in the right ways in my opinion but I really am so weak.
But I cannot fathom how it would feel today to be a student
I salute every student of every type who happens across this post who is powering through
even if you aren't I do not blame you or judge you honey you are just trying to live through this and I am
SO PROUD OF YOU.
- you deserve better
I hate that we operate with a system that makes so many students - from the ones who don't want to learn to the ones that do - resent education. Truth be told I'm not really even convinced there are people who don't want to learn something. It's just the process is so off-putting for so many in so many different ways.
Different parts of learning appeal differently to different people. Why not use that to your advantage rather than see it as something you have to fight? Why fight the current of what is naturally occurring in humans: VARIETY.
A system originally built to be so narrowly accessible and so regimented has been adapted only so far as such a rigid system could yield to. I believe we have hit that breaking point tbh.
What's worse is we have been watching this train derailing for a long time. Before you. Before me. Before our birth parents. Since it began, in fact.
Nobody has ever liked the education system, it's just that we don't all agree on what is the worst part.
IT'S ALL SHITE. SHITE BEGET SHITE.
do you try to reform your shite or do you flush it and clean the damn toilet?
I'm certain I don't know the solution. But I think it would look more fluid. More student centered. More accessible. Less reprehensive. More compassionate. More "I want you to want to learn" Less "I will make you learn".
Let me dream a minute, but I also want you to dream of what you think it could look like. Maybe you have ideas from others I welcome those as well. I know I've not read nearly enough.
I can imagine:
Less centralized. We can do the at home learning thing I'm sure of it. We can utilize other ways to socialize kids. This would open up so much to not only disabled kids or families, but also those who are living far away or who don't have a ride to a school
Knowledge being a choice. I truly believe the desire to learn is primary in actually learning something. If you are learning because you must it will not stick.
Schools still utilized. They can still be resources not only for current students but also adult learners who may have more ability to congregate for smaller classes and tend to imo seemingly do better sometimes that way - among peers. Children tend to want to socialize more when they congregate which is great but difficult to manage sometimes and i believe it shouldn't be so restrained. They can also have libraries accessible as public libraries to the general public. The building can remain education-focused.
Buses still utilized. They can be helpful perhaps for disabled adult learners - adapted if need be. Also much like they do now they can also deliver breakfast, lunch, and imo dinner too to those in need. Perhaps to the whole family if they need; occasionally, temporarily, or indefinitely. Left over fresh foods from grocers should go to this.
Reality-based. Bring the fuckin home-ec back. I never got that and I wish so badly I had. I've been told about it and I feel green with envy. Utilize what we know about things people have to experience and build educational lessons around that. I mean sex ed in my schools really felt like an afterthought tacked onto our system as like a week-reprieve from the usual lessons of the class. It could be a stand alone class. All year sex ed. I do not see a problem with that. There is a lot to cover that simply is not. Also more experiential opportunities. Theorizing things is far different from experiencing them.
Less hierarchy. A title you got never imo gives you a right to belittle anyone the way I was or saw others be belittled. At no age do you deserve that treatment. Older does not mean wiser, teacher does not mean know-it-all. Jane Elliott said the origins of the word educator would define it as someone who leads someone else out of ignorance. Last I checked if you are leading someone through the dark, you can't very well hold their hand if you tower above or stay away. You must be willing to reach them where they are at. Sometimes that's the hardest part for educators is meeting people where they are at.
---so i got this far then i had to go to a meeting and now i have lost all momentum so this is all you get BYE