Dreams of the Future
The Educational Myth
Isn't the education we receive from age 5 through age 18 meant to prepare us for the world? Isn’t that what the learning of our education is for? It seems to me, that in today’s world, today’s society, learning is the only thing required of mankind.
The moment a baby is born the learning process begins. A baby who has been protected within the mothers womb for up to 9 months is now out in the open air for the first time. The baby is learning what cold feels like, how to breath and what it feels like to have air in the lungs for the first time. The baby is learning the sounds heard within the womb are actually much louder than before. The baby is also learning to feel the warmth of human contact and what it feels like to have fabric next to the skin rather than amniotic fluid. With breaths taken the baby learns the air is full of smells and when the eyes are open the baby learns to distinguish light from dark.
The first year of life brings many new learning opportunities to the young baby. Learning how to hold up the head, push up (or away) with the arms and legs, how to sit up and crawl, how to make sounds including the possibility of their first word, maybe even learning how to walk. A young baby’s life is full of the never-ending opportunity to learn.
Even toddlers are learning every single day of their lives. So many new things to see and do and wonder about! The toddler runs about doing this or that, learning to recognize visual and conceptual images, all while marinating themselves with the discoveries of the world and where it will lead them.
Dreams of the Future Begin Early
Lucky is the child with a stay at home mom - because the child will grow up with money in their pockets and opportunities galore that aren’t available to everyone.
Lucky is the child who’s mother works outside the home and gives the child the opportunity to go to daycare - at this early age the child is already discovering the discrepancies in the world and copes with it according to their own personality. Hopefully the child. who’s mother works outside the home, will have successfully learned the lessons presented and choose to value education - whether or not it fits in with their dreams of the future.
What Does Education Teach?
An education with the public school system begins at the age of 5 - the optimal age to remove a child from their parents watchful eye and begin to teach them what some parents may be incapable of teaching. Reading, writing, mathematics. As the child progresses through the public education system, the subject matter becomes more diverse and difficult. Reading grows into history while writing leads to social studies, and mathematics proves science.
The happy youthful days of childhood are forced to be abandoned in favor of the government demands in the hopes of bringing the enlightenment of an education to al. Rather than allowing our children to be children while they are children, we enforce the ideals fed to us by the government rather than thinking for ourselves. We continue to tell our children we not only expect them to graduate from high school but society expects them to earn more than one college degree in order to survive financially.
It seems the education we blindly accept as a requirement for life has failed to protect the children we once were. If the education we received as children failed to protect us, then who is protecting our children?
© 2010 Rafini
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