Sinking Ship

Once, many years in the past, I heard it said that the increasing lack of interest children show in education and the increasingly simplistic ways we teach them mean that a lot of corners have to be cut in order to get children ready for adulthood. The person that said that pointed to an increase in the amount of time children spend being motivated to teach themselves and a decrease in the actual time spent learning as the cause of humanity’s eventual fall. A world without enforced education, she said, a world where children are left to decide for themselves what is worth knowing is like a sinking ship.

That person would be horrified with the world of today, as her words have never rung more truly than now.



42 thoughts on “Sinking Ship

  1. 'Based on a true story'. *sigh*.\edit : and yet – all of the kids I know here (or knew, back in NZ) are *so* keen on education (or getting one, anyway), that the lack of real world knowledge confuses me. It can only be put down to an overly simplistic education, surely? An education system so full of holes and lacking in substance that this kind of thing will (or has) become normal. I imagine that 'Pearl Harbour' is also just a movie to many kids.But then again…History? Never my favourite at school, either…now I expect it's one of the optional subjects :worried:

  2. I blame the parents, not the educational system. If parents and children would actually live together in stead of living seperate lifes (and that is the sad reality to many families, also in my neck of the woods) we might be able to fix some of the most grave set-backs of Human evolution. What I see, when I look to the families of my circle of acquaintances, are parents who are more or less in a state of constant desperation because they simply can't seem to liberate enough time from their hectic scheduals to be with their children. This leads to feelings of bad conscience which leads to a level of pampering bordering the grotesque. Children grow up thinking they know everything, because their parents simply don't dare to face their own kids as parents; in stead parents descend to the kid's level when communicating with them (that's the way I interpret what I see on a daily basis anyway) in order to be 'popular' in the view of their own kids.It is okay for parents to admit that their kids don't know shit, and tell it to the kid's faces. It is not necessarily a confession of failed parenting – but if it is, so be it, wake up and smell reality for God's sake! It's natural that kids lack certain knowledge. After all, they are only kids.

  3. Where did we learn about Titanic? I can't remember reading about it in history class at school…Yet somehow, we've attained enough information to know it happened for real. Perhaps this amazing ability isn't for everyone.

  4. Either that or social media allows everyone to put their views out there and shows those extremes off, when they'd have been hidden before. Probably a bit of both.

  5. Kids used to be more curious, or at least were encouraged to be more often. When we didn't know something we'd ask or look it up (pre-web of course). As information has become easier to find it's almost as if the willingness to find it has gone. People think they'll check it out later then forget, even with the means in their hands.Parents naturally want to feel the best about their kids so they don't see this happening. They assume the kids have the same attitude to knowledge that they did and don't realise what their parents and teachers did to encourage that hunger for information.

  6. Good theory, Mik, especially that last post. I've always been curious about, well, everyting. I'm googling stuff all the time. That's the modern way of 'looking it up', no? Wikipedia, too.

  7. This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a "DUH!"

  8. When I was a young man, we had these things called "books".We read them.A bit like the Internet except that there was no Google so you had to read the whole thing! :sherlock: .

  9. There was one I read called an Encyclopedia. It was like Wikipedia but the pages on people didn't say they liked lesbian sex with chimps and the facts hadn't been deleted. It was an interesting read and every child in my school had one and used it for our homework.

  10. You read an encyclopedia?! Man, you must've stolen the TARDIS to go back in time and read one of those!Wait … the TARDIS is real … isn't it?!

  11. Of course it is, I grew my own.I was always an insomniac and, as my mates weren't awake when I was as a kid, I read. Every week I'd visit the library, sometimes two or three times and simply devour the six books I was allowed out at a time.

  12. Good thing. Did that too. I was vastly more advanced than my class-mates in the area of common knowledge before seventh grade. It did me good in my adult life to know something about lots of things, and reading random books in ones childhood and youth is recommendable. Reading also gives you a bigger vocabulary.

  13. I bet there's a big overlap between those people and the people who only know Churchill as a dog that says "Ohhhh yesss" 🙄

  14. Even worse are those who think that dog started out as the mascot of the British during World War bloody one… :bomb:

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