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Updated on June 19, 2011
Those most commonly promoted by the current system of education are only poor actors of the the students who actually hold up society.
Those most commonly promoted by the current system of education are only poor actors of the the students who actually hold up society. | Source

Society for The Reclamation of Intelligence Founded in Education

Regurgitation. The modern zeitgeist of American culture and its outlook on education, its idea of the purpose of education, is a vicious and perpetual cycle, constantly driving the desire and underlying motivation for higher education to be simply success through the regurgitation of information. The true and secular meanings of life, debatably between, namely, the meaningful life, or the happy life, have been respectively discarded and subordinated to the ideas of wealth, success, fame, power, and political influence.

These five desires have become the new secular purposes of life, the new tenets of the New American Dream. Pure hedonism, pure avarice, pure influence and power, are the postmodernist’s paths to the ‘good’ life, achieved, or supposedly guaranteed, by education.

Even the best students out of high school (in fact, especially), the Valedictorians and top three percent of a graduating class, often achieved that position under the motivation of one or more of these tenets. When their parents told them the purpose of education, they most often fed it to them in the ideological form of probability for success. To do well in high school as to get into a good college, thus a good, well paying job, thus financial stability, and usually a good romantic partner and family in order to cope with the anti-metanarrative postmodernist’s newfound existential meaninglessness towards their midlife strife.

The few students who learn for the sake of learning, who take more home with them than simply homework, who find the purpose of education to be the intellectual and philosophical enhancement of life in itself, and who find the meaningful, happy life, the well-lived and virtuous life, not one motivated by shallow pleasure, popularity, and financial stability, often fall on the fringe of the top ten percent. This is because our high schools have been designed, both private and public, by the top three percent of the last generation and favor the type like themselves, who excel in simple rote memorization, the ability to fill in bubbles of the ACT/SAT (a test which tests one’s ability to take a test, not one’s ability to think on higher levels or conduct a deep conversation), science and math skills (that is, the simple ability to memorize and conceptualize rather than think on deeper levels in those subjects as well as the arts, humanities, and philosophies) and to do so under the motivation of not intellectual but financial stability in an increasingly convoluting society.

Counterintuitively, the majority of our higher education facilities, especially those of the Ivy League universities and liberal art universities, despite placing the strongest desire to attract the top three percent of the rote memorizing students, truly favor, at least at the micro-level, the philosophical and meaningful students at the fringe. Similarly, our society mirrors our universities. For our society (and not only the modern one, but universally and historically) has always been progressed forward by these fringe thinkers. The great scientists, writers, artists, leaders, and so on, were most often a resplendent example of their personality archetype, which in turn means they usually had the rare ability (more so in recent history) to appeal to both sides: the intellectual fringes and the hedonistic elites.

We must engender a society which promotes the truly thinking students: the students who strive under the motivation of education in itself and in meaning rather than the empty financial and successful stability that the elite follow, often under the faux visage poorly imitating their true superiors. -end-


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    • Philosophicalboy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lexington, KY

      My state does not even have a charter school because the state legislation refuses to pass the law allowing it.

    • Philosophicalboy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lexington, KY

      Charter schools are essentially a good idea and concept, but are left far too much up to luck rather than merit (lottery) and there quite simply aren't enough and the ones that do exist don't always receive enough funding. Plus, even then, they specialize and produce elitism. A great charter school should be like EVERY school in the U.S. In which case it isn't about funding, it is about creating a school environmental so powerful that it totally destroys and reconstructs our entire nation: an environmental that effects the very neighborhoods of the students that attend it in a positive light. This also requires highly skilled teachers, a nation of people that actually and honestly care about education, and adults that know how to raise their children and teach them the importance of education (and NOT for the sake of financial security, like many do today).

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      7 years ago from tijuana, mexico

      There are havens for philosophical thinks in the public system. Charter schools are a good example.

    • Philosophicalboy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Lexington, KY

      Thanks for the comment. And yes, like I said, the most brilliant minds of an era have the ability to appeal to both spectrums because they can adapt and change their mindsets to fit the way the school system works. A lot of students are very intelligent with a very strong ability to philosophize but never exercise it because they are never exposed to it until they get to college. So yes, they 'survived' the system. Another sad factor is that philosophical minds tend to find themselves in lazy bodies, and the k-12 school system grades more for effort and hard work than it does for ability to actually think and create original ideas.

      The problem with homeschooling is that the child is limited culturally in a increasingly culturally diverse world. They are not as exposed to the realities of real life like kids who do not have parents or drugs and do not know how to make the proper decisions about these things later in life. Their parents can talk to them about it and show them movies but teens especially learn through trusted peer-to-peer relationships and should be left to decide for themselves as they psychologically develop.

      Home schooling additionally hampers a child's ability to be independent. Now, homeschooling in addition to public/private education, that's the secret formula.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      7 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Great point about Ivy League Universities being the ones that favor philosophical and meaningful students, this is ironic since k-12 education is primarily about rote learning. Where do these philosophical students come from then? Did they just survive the system? Many parents home school for the reasons you have said.


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