Have you watch this video of Prince Ea giving arguments suing school system (watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqTTojTija8)? Personally I think he nailed it and not to exaggerate but I cried a little while watching this.
In his opening statement, he brought up the classic “fish climbing tree” analogy and accused schools to be intellectually abusive. His follow-up speech hit me quite strongly. I am not a very bright student, I got bored easily with routines and eight hours in class study never work efficiently for me…it just make school more challenging than it already is. Luckily enough my parents never demand straight As from me but as I got to understand how the world works, I realized that it is important to get higher grade to be recognized by the society and this pressurized me to work harder and harder. More than often I feel inferior and stupid because I just can’t get myself to memorize things fast or precise enough, there is always at least someone who calculate faster than me, draw things better than me etc. If you know what I mean and how I feel…terrible.
Those were gray old days, I thought it gonna brighten up when I start attending university. But the good days have yet to come… It is true that I got to choose my classes more freely but nothing has changed, at least not better; grades become increasingly important and in places with curved grading scheme, class is students’ battle ground. Most people have final exams as their goals instead of retaining the knowledge, I was no exception. I believe that I just need to graduate with first honor certification and the world will think I know my stuffs, evidently, most if not all corporations screen application by looking at his/her GPA before any other consideration. But this certainly is not true. I don’t know anything.
The society has been brain washed all these years, believing that we intelligence are measured by one’s GPA which attained through a standardized test , which only tested very small part of our knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people with high GPA ARE SMART, they are know what they are doing or good at studying but this should not mean that they are smarter than others. But most people have talent which is NOT studying or math, not even dancing or arts, more subtle talent like coordinating, planning, building relation, interpreting stories, encouraging, and much more that I have not thought about. These talents are as great as others, it should not be overlooked, it’s not academic or extra curricular, it is just…humanity. But school never teach this, these are not talents, having them are just extra…not very useful – useless. Sorry for being a little emotional but I hope that make sense.
Referring back to the video, I don’t take all his words for granted, he proposed that common core should not be existent and to my understanding imply that only talents should be developed but I firmly reject this idea. In the early stage of life, we go to school to gain experience, to start looking out to the world, try to figure out what we like and dislike, finding our talent and develop it further. Without school, how do we know what we are good at? And say our parents know our talent but don’t you think trying different stuff, learning new things are thrilling, interesting and challenging? We might not be good at it but at least we know whether we enjoy them or not. Everything is just like eating in a buffet restaurant, you could either eat everything fast and in a huge amount, counting only the price of the dish without actually tasting the dish or try every dish, get more things
you like and enjoy. First option will let you stepped out of the restaurant with no idea what you ate, which are your favorite and least favorite dishes, you just know how much you ate and now you left with full stomach but no memories. The later one, you know what you like and dislike with reasons, you have the knowledge and you enjoyed the whole process, not to mentioned you are also full. In both cases you are going to be hungry again sooner or later but one left you nothing while the other add value to your life. Quite exaggerated analogy but I tried to deliver my thoughts.
As I mentioned, I used to think just like the majority but giving myself more time to think about life brought me to this point. Of course some of you must disagree or care less about what I think but knowing that someone might agree or helped with this thought, makes me want to share it.
Recommended movie : I Not Stupid Too (小孩不笨2 or more like I am Not Stupid 2) – 2006, Singapore