For a while now (I feel like I’ve started a few of my posts like this) I’ve had this thought about school and education, it’s definitely not revolutionary in any sense but I’ve not seen people say this as much they could. I don’t think I learnt anything in school! OK I’m exaggerating, I did learn some stuff in school but I feel that what I took out of school wasn’t what I was supposed to take out of it. I’m not trying to be deep here or anything (I feel like I say this on a few of my posts too) but hear (or read) me out.
During education we’re meant to learn a lot of things that will help us in the future, we all know that education is key! I assume that’s why we study so many subjects like Maths, English, Science, Religious Studies and even those gimmick ones like History. So much information that we’re loaded with, so much knowledge that we gain, so many options for us in the future and it sounds so good when you’ve got knowledge of a subject if you see it as a career path until you realise that the information isn’t very useful.
From my experience of things, what is learnt in Primary School just about carries over to Secondary School, the teachings from Secondary School just about carry over into Sixth Form/College and those teachings don’t even carry over into University. So what the fuck is going on?! I can’t really answer that question, it will forever be a conundrum to me knowing that you can study journalism and the law behind it only to write that Kylie Jenner decided to go to the beach or some stupid shit along those lines (some people casually break the code of ethics and the publications don’t care).
There are things that are learnt in school, school is a foundation for something else which I believe is the way that we function. This is something that we keep learning over the course of life but the development is so rapid during school. Socialisation is the biggest lesson that comes to mind, being in education is where you really learn how to make friends, talk to the opposite gender and how to talk to people in general as well as keeping in contact. I feel like this is what we really take out of education, the lessons learnt from the subjects studied will be forgotten but you don’t forget how to interact because it’s such a necessary tool in life and you never know what it will make the difference with.
There are so many situations that really test your common sense; in school there are many different types of people, some are serious and some aren’t and you’re able to gauge which people you should be allowing to really influence you. I can’t say that I did too well in the socialisation aspect of school, I had my friends but I was very poor keeping in contact, something which I’m still shit with today (I have good set of friends who check up on me to make sure that I’m not dead) but I will say that I learnt what and what not to say (something that I can’t say for a lot of people that I went to school with). Generally being able to compose yourself is another situation in school that is picked up given that the alpha male attitude comes into play and some people like to bully others.
Human interaction is what I think the main lesson of school is, obviously we can’t spend six and a half hours talking because boredom will kick in but for me I do think that there is more to gain out of an hour and half of talking than five hours of the other stuff.