Stop Trying to Fix Education System, Let Kids Choose

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted:

Many of our high school students check out because they don’t feel they are learning things that will actually be relevant to them.  We should be teaching them financial literacy, positive psychology, communication and healthy use of technology in high schools.

No we shouldn’t.  Not just because there are as many ideas of what education ought to be as there are individuals — the incessant debates about curriculum aren’t worth it, save it for another battle.  It’s because the second line of the above tweet reeks of tyranny. “Financial literacy” for whom? Each individual, after all, has their own tolerance for risk and life goals, one size fits all doesn’t work here unless you want everyone to be equally risk averse.  “Positive psychology” — all the rage in Middle Class America — hasn’t worked because it turns out overthinking and denying certain emotions isn’t healthy.  “Communication,” which they already try and fail to teach in most English classes, sounds like an invite to Orwellian language police. And finally, what’s  “healthy” and what the fuck does “technology” mean? What’s more problematic, the toilet or the phone when I take a shit while texting?

Yang’s right, many if not most high school students check out. As they should because most people learn from working, not from lecture and whatever they’re learning at 98 percent of schools is garbage anyway and they know it. They’re not learning algebra or trigonometry, they’re learning how to pass those classes to get a virtue signalling degree. What makes people think a “financial literacy” class would be treated any differently at the high school level? People learn financial literacy and anything else when they want to, not when someone tells them to learn it.

Kids, be like Donnie.  He’s a good boy because he tells teachers to fuck off when forced to learn touchy-feely bullshit.  

Why We Shouldn’t Fix the Problem
Because it’s like teaching a dog to climb a tree, it’s a waste of time.  Just because a few dogs have climbed trees doesn’t mean we should try to teach all dogs to do the same.  To satisfy your curiosity, here’s a clip of a dog climbing a tree:

Would you be disappointed in your dog for not climbing a tree like the one in the video?  Then why are we trying to fix schools, which are just dogs trying to teach dogs to climb trees? Most dogs don’t want to climb a tree and most people don’t learn in a classroom setting. Stop lying to yourself, what the fuck did you learn in school other than how to pass courses without learning anything?  Can you even do basic algebra and geometry, can you manipulate a binomial equation and finish a geometric proof and explain the point of doing so?

Again, most people learn by DOING what they want to do, not by being told what to do. Leonardo Da Vinci never had a formal education, he informally learned Latin, Geometry, and Mathematics before beginning his apprenticeship at a leading workshop at age 14, where he “was exposed to both theoretical training and a wide range of technical skills,including drafting, chemistry, metallurgy, metal working, plaster casting, leather working, mechanics, and wood-work, as well as the artistic skills of drawing, painting, sculpting, and modelling” (wiki). Bill Gates taught himself to code when he was in 8th grade, not from any class at Lakeside and Harvard, and used this skill to create mischief that later became Microsoft.  Same with Mark Zuckerberg, except he read “C++ for Dummies” his dad got him when he was 11 years old so he could create fun games for himself and his sisters. If the geniuses of past and present lived a life of technical pursuits supported by theoretical training, then why are we forcing kids to learn abstractions they won’t understand without proper technical experience? You can’t use the clerical approach to education — schools were originally created to train clergymen — if you’re trying to provide technical training. And if all the geniuses in history learned primarily by doing, then why are we living life ass backwards?   

Telling kids what schoolwork is relevant to their lives instead of letting them figure it out for themselves is an even worse idea, that’s how people lose their individuality, when they’re taught to think and act like everyone else.  (And they’ll make up for their lost individuality with shallow expressions of individuality in dress, hairstyle, etc.).

Let Kids Choose
Let schools do whatever they want to do, it’s nobody else’s business. But what we can do is let people, after they graduate from 8th grade, choose their own coursework, if they want to take any at all.  This is similar to how Andrew Yang wants tech tax dollars to go to the people instead of the government — trickle up economy — so the people can choose individually how that money should be spent.  Put simply, end mandatory education at 8th grade, and let people decide what’s relevant to their lives, whether it be coursework or work, and without stigma. That’s how it was — most people started to work after 8th grade, just as Da Vinci did — when the US grew into the superpower that’s now strangling itself because of its eroding freedoms, including the freedom from having to attend Education Camps. Let’s get back to what worked for the people, not the education-industrial complex that’s more concerned about legitimizing its existence than educating people.

Why School is Bad For You
And not just because it’s inefficient and mostly ineffective at educating people. The most insidious part of school is that turns students into mental cripples dependent on being spoon-fed by teachers in order to learn anything. It turns people into slaves, really.  At the same time — and this is what’s really sick and twisted about schools — they convince their students that they’re actually getting smarter and more educated solely because they’re in school, even though they’re not learning much there and would learn a lot more by making, fixing, and experimenting with things, as Steve Jobs had.

So you end up with graduates who think they’re smart just because they have a diploma. And that they’ll be even smarter if they spend more time in school and collect more diplomas. For some, school becomes a fetish except it costs a lot more than the schoolgirl panties that some Japanese guys sniff to sleep.

How to Go to School Like an Asian
Asians do well in school because they DON’T follow the pace set by teacher and they learn most of the material AT HOME (during the Summer), not at school.  That’s why they go to churches that provide free tutoring.  That’s why they borrow from library extra math books, so they can drill, drill, and drill through the summer and every weekend during the school year. That’s why they start studying for the SATs in 7th grade instead of never. That’s why they save enough to go to summer robotics camp, so they can figure out how to have fun with Math and Physics.  They think of schools as the place to test knowledge and skills in a competitive setting, not as a place of learning.

Chart suggests that how good or bad a school is is irrelevant, so it’s not worth trying to change a school. It’s the mindset of the student that matters the most.

 

It was the same way for Da Vinci, Mozart, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln…all the way up to Mark Zuckerberg, who got his start at age 11 with a “C++ for Dummies” book.  For them, learning primarily takes place at home, in the community, and at work — as it had been for hundreds if not thousands of years — not at an Education Camp.  They became who they are because they understood that if you can’t learn something on your own, you won’t learn it at school.  The difference between top students and average students is mindset, nothing else.

Apprenticeships
Most people learn by doing, not by listening. Which means people should begin work the moment they can, not at some arbitrary age decided by bureaucrats who think of people as data rather than as individuals. Work, not school, is where one becomes educated, school is just a supplement when needed.  By living life ass backwards, we are, in former teacher and anti-school activist John Taylor Gatto’s words, “drilled in being bored, frightened, envious, emotionally needy, generally incomplete” because “life, according to school, is dull and stupid, only consumption promises relief: Coke, Big Macs, fashion jeans, that’s where real meaning is found, that is the classroom’s lesson, however indirectly delivered.” And you still want to send people to school against their will, you still want to try to fix it?

The film Breakfast Club is about Education Camps in the USA.

Or we can make school optional and return to the apprenticeship model of learning that has reliably produced the greatest minds in history.

 

 

 

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Free College is Second Dumbest Idea Ever

It’s election season, and some dumbfuck politicians are at it again, proposing some dumbfucking solutions to our problems that’ll make more people fat, miserable, and crazy. “Free college” is one of them and below are some of the reasons why it’s the second dumbest policy proposal ever. (We’ll get to dumbest policy in another post).

Most Colleges Suck and Make Students Dumber

First, 80 percent of colleges are garbage. How the fuck does a school like Evergreen State College, with its 98% admissions rate, stay open when they graduate mostly unemployable nitwits, some who are literally illiterate?  Most of the remaining “decent” schools are high schools masquerading as colleges, you don’t even have to pass Calculus to get a degree from them. Think I’m exaggerating? Watch this Evergreen College student try to read a statement during a protest:

 

What the fuck, she has trouble reading words like “disabled” and “allegations” and “sentencing.” Even at a “decent” school like The University of Washington Seattle, I encountered, as a teaching assistant in charge of grading papers and leading discussions sections, two students who read and wrote at around the third grade level (neither were athletes, one was holy fuck an Asian, the other a paraplegic), and most students  were reading and writing at around eighth to tenth grade level.  And I was asked to pass all of them, the only way you can flunk out is to not turn in any assignment, even a page of gibberish gets a passing grade. If you still think I’m exaggerating, take a glance at a UW course catalog, Autumn 2018, and you’ll see 16 sections of high school algebra and 15 sections of pre-calculus. How the fuck did all these people get into Washington state’s flagship university?

The admissions committee (at most schools) is made up of bleeding heart morons, that’s how.  These sentimental dipshits think “education,” regardless of major and coursework, will magically fix all social problems and will ensure that its students get smarter, so they admit students based on their personal sob stories and social background instead of their level of preparation for college level work. It’s sick and twisted, it’s like letting an old fat guy practice with UW’s football team just because he’s always wanted to — someone is going to get hurt.  But these weepy dunces don’t care because they’re more in love with their intentions than taking responsibility for unintended consequences such as student debt, wasted years, and useless degrees.  “But an education is priceless, is an end in itself,” retorts the maudlin imbecile who hates his job as a warehouse clerk but is convinced of his moral and intellectual superiority over anyone without his Master’s degrees in Social Justice and Education. No, you whimpering idiot: curiosity is priceless, grit is priceless, that’s why they’re FREE to have AND difficult to attain. Meanwhile, your stupid diplomas are priced the same as that townhouse you dream of  living in and never will, and in any case, you didn’t get an education, you got indoctrination with a concentration in self-righteous indignation.

Would you send yourself to a bad hospital, where half the patients end up either sicker or dead and the few who end up better are advertised as proof that this hospital is worth going to? You answered “yes” if you’re willing to send yourself to Shaw University, where the graduation rate is 23%, the average student debt is $28,000, and the average SAT of incoming students is 850, which translated into IQ means borderline retarded. If you think the solution to borderline retarded is college, then you’re fucktarded and deserve to spend Hell teaching a dog to climb a tree while getting butt fucked by a raccoon.

And most of the good schools are like good hospitals, they still get students who choose the wrong major and coursework, just as good hospitals get patients who won’t start exercising and eating veggies. Meaning, free college is a waste of money *in most cases* either because the school sucks or because most people choose easy, useless majors that turn them batshit crazy when they discover that the world outside of school doesn’t match up with what’s taught in school.

Shit schools actually decrease earnings probably because they make students dumber. I’m also betting that if you take out the accounting, engineering, and nursing majors at middling schools, there’d be a wage and iq decrease for remaining graduates. I’m also wondering what a Bottom Public college like Evergreen does to its students mentally and financially.

There’s nothing wrong with taking a college course, even if it’s about what some freaky French faggot named Foucault thinks about power, prisons, pornography, and his penis.  There is something wrong with giving away something for free that’s often as dangerous and addictive as alcohol and meth and as easy as the neighborhood slut.

We Need a New Message
More dangerously, “free college” sends the message that a college degree is so important that life isn’t worth living if you don’t have one.  Which is like calling someone a loser because they don’t drive a Tesla and wear Valentino, both are dick moves.  “But college graduates earn more than those with only high school degrees,” says the clueless cretin who flunked Stat 101, one of the few college courses that matter. Hey shitface, disaggregate the data and run a regression analysis, okay?  A behavioral economist did just that and here’s his conclusion about college:

Put simply, if you’re not taking Math, Physics, and Philosophy courses — mastery of those three disciplines prepares you to get a PhD in any field and to become an expert at most jobs — you’re probably wasting your time.  Not saying there’s no value to a classical liberal arts education — I’m all for the study of human nature from different disciplinary perspectives — but outside of a handful of schools few have heard of, where the fuck do you find that nowadays?

This book is considered the cook’s bible. The author doesn’t have a culinary degree, he went to CalTech, one of the top engineering schools in the world. He learned to cook by taking Math and Physics classes and practiced writing by getting his PhD in literature from Yale.

We Need More Rednecks
Redneck jobs pay well and they’re in high demand.

Where are the Redneck Technicians?

 

How much is the Sociology major making?

 

 

Lots of work for Rednecks who can fix everyday energy problems college students have no interest in fixing because they’re taught that such jobs are beneath them and it’s better to be a cashier at Trader Joe’s.

We Need More Engineers
The best place to learn Engineering 101 is in any of the construction trades. Take some kid out of 8th grade, give him a job in one of the trades for three years, then put him back in school and see what happens. Math and Physics — the foundation of engineering — will start to make sense because most people learn by doing, not by lecture. This won’t happen as long as we have archaic child labor laws, mandatory education, and bonehead ideas like “free college” that stigmatize vocational work and education.

But College Used to Be Free at Some Schools like Berkeley and CUNY
So was herpes when Jimmy fucked that whore.  And in any case, the few students who should be in college immediately after high school will still get to go for free because there’s competition for the best students.  Let the free market decide who should or shouldn’t be going to college, just as we let the free market decide who should or shouldn’t play professional sports.  Imagine if the government created a bunch of free junior football leagues and told everyone to play football just because the stats show that NFL players make a lot more money than do non-NFL players. So why are we letting the government open mostly bullshit schools that do far more harm than good and then propose making them free to everyone in hopes of turning those with IQs of 90 into STEM scientists?

They’ll Stick the Bill to Businesses
Because these delirious dingbats actually think they’re helping businesses by “educating” people to become better employees, smarter consumers, and virtuous citizens. Yet the opposite happens when someone spends four years pretending to read Foucault and Derrida, Butler and Steinem, and making up and policing microaggressions while hiding from them in their safe spaces. And then they actually believe they have great communication skills because they majored in communications, that they understand politics because they majored in political science…they graduate as insufferable know-it-alls who don’t know that they know nothing except how to complain about stupid shit because that’s what they’re taught to do when they major in Ethnic Studies. These people are unemployable, that’s why they end up in academia, where you can make a living complaining about stupid shit.

What’s the Stupidest Policy?
Guaranteed Federal jobs for all.  Post on that coming soon.