“I am 16 and the Education System is Destroying my Health”


“This is an article about how our education system is ruining young people’s lives. Nobody is listening to the teachers who say it, so perhaps someone will listen to me,” sixteen-year-old Orli writes in the Guardian. “Nothing is so important that it’s worth risking your health over, not even the piece of paper you get, age 16, to tell you whether or not you’re good enough.”

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    • “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

      “It was a shock when I got to secondary school and learned the implications of the marking scheme: you succeed – and you fit in – or you fail. Suddenly, the creativity I’d brought to all my school projects wasn’t accepted anymore. Instead I had to memorise facts and statistics.”

      We’re dealing with a school system that is way too left brain only focused.

      “it is the right hemisphere that is designed to play a leading role, as opposed to the more talkative left hemisphere (which houses two language centers) … McGilchrist is fond of saying that while ‘the right brain knows that it needs the left brain, the left brain doesn’t know what it doesn’t know.’

      And it appears the powers that be don’t want to encourage creativity, or thinking with both the left and right hemisphere of the brain.

      “In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply.”

      – Rev. Frederick T. Gates, Business Advisor to John D. Rockefeller Sr., 1913 [1]

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