Once upon a time, there was a place where children went and learned things like math, reading, science, and history. It was called school, which is a
word with Greek roots translating to ‘leisure
’. What a beautiful word. What a concept. Here you
are, a helpless infant and if blessed with a normally functioning brain, you begin to take in information. At first, you process and repeat this
information. Later, you can interpret information to come up with ideas of your own. If further blessed by being in a loving environment, you gain a
basic sense of morality. You see good things happen and like them. You see bad things happen and don’t like them. You see people who do good things.
Most of these people have jobs. It may be a basic job, albeit productive and necessary, but good and noble profession nonetheless. Then the weekend
gets here and it is time to blow off steam. Some folks are doctors. Not all of us are intellectually gifted to become doctors but physicians are often
one of those occupations, which produce a great deal of satisfaction. Good things often come from doctors. You are truly blessed if you are in a job
that provides you satisfaction. Something that you look forward to doing on a daily basis because you do it well and people are thankful you for doing
it. You do this for a few days and then you get a couple of days off to relax, catch up on personal business, or pursue fun, leisurely activities to
give that active gray matter of yours some balance. From the local technical schools to Harvard Medical Center, there are people pursuing education so
that they may engage in professions that bring them happiness, almost to the point of pure leisure. Maybe that is why they call them schools.
In recent years, the word schooling seems to have been replaced with the word
', which seems to be more associated with doing things to your brain
rather than providing you an opportunity to pursue something you may actually want to do. Aw heck. Let us cut to the chase. The place where kids are
going is not school. I will go a step further and say that these days they many are not getting an education. In most states, children are required by
law to go to a place with a very structured and isolated layout. In this place, behaviors are closely monitored to ensure the safety of all occupants
of this place. If for some reason the behavior in this place slips out of control, armed and uniformed agents are standing by to maintain control.
Just in case, several of these facilities are equipped with metal detectors. Today's kids do not go to school in pursuit of skills and knowledge to
make themselves and others happy. They no longer go there to get an education so that there heads may be filled with enough information to produce for
society. In fact, today's children are required to go to 'prison
', which means they are taken from
their parents by law, held for 7 to 8 hours under the watchful eyes of authorities and educators. Perhaps a small percentage of these kids will pursue
the opportunity to get all of the information they can, but let's face it. The kids are taken and controlled by the state. These are not future
citizens of the country. These are resources with no souls or conscience and perhaps a percentage of them may actually provide for themselves and
others something which is good. If, however, you have been to a public school recently [middle and high schools mostly], you cannot argue with why
most kids just hate being there and cannot wait to be paroled. Oops, I mean graduate.
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