posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 12:44 AM
One of the mandates for control in the Prussian educational system was Grades K through 12. It keeps kids under one authority figure who exercises all
influence over a certain age grouping.
In a one room schoolhouse, kids are not immediately alienated from one another by one year increments. An eight year old kid could help a 7 year old
in studies and receive a refinement of his education from other older students.
One of the reasons for this deliberate alienation has to do with the process we may call "divide and conquer." The management of students, boxing of
students into categories, and subjugation yields alienation and basic production of docile factory workers who will not get too deep into Nietze and
Kant and produce labor unions, nor any philosophy.
College students cannot pass an eighth grade test of the early 20th century without some months of preparation.
Current extensions of this authoritarian educational system keep people bound to testing systems, giving the "right answers," under duress of
funding. Just as "torture," gives the "right answers," but not the true answers, just the ones the authority figure wants to hear, there is an
even greater dumbing down process happening.
So you want to know what is wrong with the educational system? It is trying too many experiments, with the assumption that older tried and true ways
of learning are inferior, obsolete, and/or more cynically but possibly truthfully, actually too good for the "masses."
Sadly the industrialists, who fielded control over education to suit their vision of submission, have cheated generations of students with their
automaton programming and Skinnerian projections.
The real problem is authoritarianism, and orders from the top, rather than community involvement and continuous self improvement which are highly
likely to be closest to the goal of real education. Time after time centralized politicians placate people with visions of local control, only to
betray them into submission to mindless authority.
The solution of course is the simplicity of mastering this dumbed down nonsense, by doing your homework twice even for a brief interval, then
following your own dreams within your own personal library and journal.
[edit on 7-6-2004 by SkipShipman]