For a class this week, we watched a TED Talk — this generation’s Bible I think — about a teacher who has created a game where students (usually gifted and typical only in height and weight I presume) are grouped into nations/countries that each work to create wealth and assets as well as solve major conflicts with other nations. Swell, right?
Hell naw. Not in my opinion. This generation of privilege checkers seems to just keep on adding on to the privilege of some. I’m starting to think a liberal is one who stands on the back of the lower class and protests the government for their posture. Instead of focusing on the problems in education and working to solve them for all, it has occurred to this teacher — and many others — to educate his students by not really educating them at all. So far as I can tell, the game is primarily going to teach students to think a bit too much of themselves and assume they know whats best for everyone else. Some day, after graduating Yale and enjoying the Ivy League school’s sex week and all it’s many other manifestations of a liberal infestation, these students will enter some high ranking position at a corporation or bureaucracy and, having never been poor, start throwing around ideas about how they can do their duty to the poor.
But instead of helping the poor, they’re just going to increase their bottom line, get more poor people on welfare or at the nearest office of the state asking for something their employers won’t give, and, among at least 100 other things, receiving education based on the latest, innovative, cool, fucking spectacular theories that promise new learners for a new world. In reality, they’ll be new learners ripe for the great crippling that is this society’s maturation process. The kids who never grew up playing games that taught them to believe they could solve everydamnthing in the world will still, just as they are now, grow up to believe anything except that they can solve everydamnthing in the world.
Lately I have been toying with the idea that perhaps education is successful. With so many theories out there all boiling down to education as an institution for preparing children for the world they’ll enter, I think it is safe to say they have prepared children for the world they are entering. The thing is they have not changed who the children are fundamentally. You can give a dog the latest gear, a $60 raincoat, some nice rubber boots, and put it on a ship to sail the great pacific — that doesn’t make it a sailor.
Likewise, education has prepared children for the world, but the nature therein the students resists and cannot cope successfully.
Of course this may be a strain of the idea. I’m willing to secede the point and just say it’s a failure. But there is something to make of all the talk about trying to prepare students for the world while educators and administrators are also filling their heads with the idea that they can believe in anything, be anything, do anything, and they will still be special and magnificent.
I guess what I mean to say is that students enter the world beholden to the ideas they’ve been inculcated with for 18 years or so. A failed education wouldn’t even leave a mark, save for the scar brandished by the regret of having spent so long doing nothing.
Anyways. This World Peace Game should be an example to those in and outside of education of what selfward narcissism we are capable of sticking in a classroom and calling it learning.
“You and your soapy eyes
Called it off so late at night
But your hand’s on your heart
Cause your head’s always right
Juno, you’re tired
Juno, you’re tired”