I remember in my first year of High School I found myself saddled with being in the top academic class. ‘3AcA’ they called it and immediately the year kicked off I realised it was not a place I wanted to be in.
Two things struck me. Firstly, things were very hierarchical. Front right of the classroom was where the top student sat and then there were rows, snaking to the bottom of the class at the rear left (where the windows were.) The hierarchy was decided upon by a copious number of weekly and even daily tests.
Secondly, there was an inordinate amount of homework. This meant there was hardly any time left in my life to do the things I really wanted to do, like explore in the bush and read science fiction/fantasy novels.
Needless to say, my third form year was a disaster and the next year I made a point of getting myself into ‘4AcB’ where I breezed along, was always near the top of the class and had very little homework to interfere with what I considered to be the important aspects of life.
That was all quite a few years ago and I keep getting told that schools have changed but when I listen to what students tell me about their days at the institution I can see that not a lot has actually changed, there has just been some re-branding going on and a few new ways introduced that ultimately do the same things that I was exposed to.
There is now a system of credits which accumulate.. “NCEA is part of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) which ranges from Level 1 to Level 10, and includes certificates, diplomas and degrees.”
To me, this is just the same hierarchical system that I endured with classroom seating.
Qualifications have always been part of an authoritarian school system and I actually managed to get a thing called ‘school certificate’ before escaping the institution altogether but these days, everything has been turned into a qualification and there are even rewards being handed out because teacher performance is assessed by the success or lack of it by their students. The pressure to compete is built insidiously into the system. Little wonder that kids are leaving school unable to read or write, they decide to just ‘not compete.’
The high academic achievers at secondary schools however are happy to do large amounts of homework, absorb huge amounts of officially condoned data and pursue ever more credits on the way to the top and on to university where the ability to retain information is paramount to that most important of all qualifications, ‘the degree’.
The school credit system is readying students for the social credit system.
‘The degree’ is the carrot that is dangled in front of academic achievers right through schooling which includes adolescence and the late teens. Students are told that without a degree (any degree) then they will never be able to earn good money, move through the echelons of power or be in a position to achieve their lofty dreams. In short, they will amount to nothing.
This of course is a nonsense but it is amazing how many fall for the lie and attempt to do what is right and get ahead.
The ‘degree scam’ is well documented by many writers, some who have themselves often achieved great things in their lives. Such people are scornful of those who are prepared to put themselves into huge debt for the opportunity of someday becoming a useful cog in the wheel of a corporation.
Saying what an authority wants to hear is a prerequisite to being successful.
My observation is that education is mind control and those students who have specialised in it are the most vulnerable to being manipulated. The sword of Damocles is introduced to students at an early age and fear of failure or punishment instilled. This drives many to be obedient and fit in with the provided system while many more are imbued with low self esteem and anger at such a trap in life.
Tell someone something often enough and they will believe it.
This is the principle upon which mind control works. Convincing children at an early age that a particular authority is a ‘single source of truth’ and that any ideas outside that source are incorrect or even worse, a lie, is a technique that has always worked for those who would deceive.
Confusion of course is the result when authorities either don’t abide by their own rules or change the rules on a flimsy precept.
If anyone is foolish enough to think that it isn’t possible to go places in life without a university degree, consider these poorly educated people who did..
The Wright brothers
and the list goes on..
So, academics are easily suggestible, hypnotisable and programmable because they have been trained to absorb, believe, obey and do so willingly in order to get ahead in life. They lack critical thinking and rely on safe, premade vocation options.
Often, poorly educated people on the other hand are critical thinkers, resourceful and self determined, prepared to take risks and have no fear of failure.