The World Requires Far Fewer School Teachers

The idea behind this post is that the world would be far better off with fewer school teachers. So how did I reach this conclusion-

Let me start with the question: Do most schools or school teachers teach anything that betters the lives or ability of the average student or even the vast majority of them?

The simple answer to this question is.. NO. If school teachers actually taught something which was useful in an environment that enhanced the learning experience, kids might look forward to attending school to learn.

It is a myth that kids don’t like to learn. Do kids require motivation to learn new games, use new gadgets, pick up useful skills, learn new languages, visit new places or try new things? If anything, their brain is wired to learn.

If kids don’t look forward to “learning” in school, it can only mean that schools and teachers do not teach anything useful or worthwhile. While the subjects taught in school might be interesting, it is obvious that the manner they are taught in is counterproductive to learning.

Schools and teachers are to kids what prisons and prison staff are to adults. They have no useful social function and do not create better people. It is all about government jobs, corruption, perpetrating abuse, showing power and hurting those with less power than yourself. Both institutions give the appearance that TPTB are actually doing something about “real problems”- and don’t give me that shtick about how prisons keep criminals out of society. If you really think that a poor black guy who steals 500$ from a corner store is worthy of jail time while a white guy running a pension fund that destroys the life-savings of thousands is a paragon of capitalism.. you have some “issues” with reality.

Neither prisons nor schools can be reformed in any meaningful way because those who work in them or benefit from their existence are already large lobby groups. If anything the teacher and school bobby is far larger than the prison lobby. They will try very hard to maintain the status quo and will resist any serious attempt to reform because that would upset their gravy train.

Teachers do not care about the welfare of kids. It is about the paycheck and kicks from facilitating abuse and wielding power. If they cared about the real purpose of their job, they might actually express disapproval of the status quo and try to do something about it. How many do that? A few percent.. maybe? The rest just play the assigned role of prison guards.

Any real reform requires such people to disappear for good and there are many high- and low- tech ways to achieve that end. I cannot see a less radical method to successfully achieve that end.

Comments?

  1. August 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  2. August 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    hahaha yes!

    I like this video:

    I hated school……

  3. Mr. Stricter
    August 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    The purpose of the current education system is to give a minimal education and skills base (sit still, suck it up etc) for future factory workers and soldiers and to a limited degree serve as a sort of method to acquire new talent for the elite.

    However we no longer have need of factory workers in as many numbers or soldiers and the elite are no longer interested in new blood save that which comes with loads of money.

    This is a problem as we no longer really have much consumption producing work either for lots of people or thew will for a real welfare state either .

    This means an increase in poverty and social disconnect and is a threat to a good society. No reason for anyone to support the game.

    I suspect there will be the usual attempts to produce artificial support through enemies and social division but the diversity of modern society and the anomie of modern life makes this much harder. This I suspect will lead to conflict and as smart people get increasingly locked out, the conflict will grow smarter and more deadly. It may end up ending the whole charade.

    The hell of it that its perfectly avoidable with basic sharing and good policy. But between stupid ideas , idiot moralists, willful refusal to understand human behavior and inherent cognitive limits in the human brain, getting such a society to happen and to keep working is very very hard, nigh impossible.

    Sad really, going from a man on the moon to a 3rd world country in a couple of generations.

  4. With the thoughts you’d be thinkin
    August 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

  5. Mr. Stricter
    August 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

  6. Mr. Stricter
    August 29, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Crap Arse You Tube

  7. Vothros
    August 31, 2011 at 2:17 am

    School could also be reduced in terms of years. I bet you could easily remove 3-4 years AND NOTHING OF VALUE WOULD BE LOST.

    Schools are becoming obsolete due to Wikipedia and Google. For example, Google Earth completely obliterates the need for Geography lectures.

  8. Blaze
    September 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    15 years could be removed from the standard curriculum AND EVERYTHING WOULD BE GAINED. Kids wouldn’t be dead to the world by the time they were 18 and shuffle off into a life of wage slavery. If one wants an education about and beyond that, just go to the library FOR FREE. Cost of education – 2 dollars in library fines. I lament having completed university only I wasnt smart enough to figure all this out before it was too late.

  9. MaMu1977
    September 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    America needs to take a page from Germany’s playbook: reading, writing, arithmetic and light science from grades 1-6, heavier science/engineering basics/history from grades 7-9, then vocational school or 101-level college courses for high school. In Germany, the idea of overeducating a child with a stable, family-related job is seen as idiotic (as in, what’s the point of making a carpenter’s son who shows an aptitude and willingness to enter the family trade go to extra school!? He has a perfectly good job waiting for him, why force him to learn about ancient wars and religious dogma on the government dime when he’s able to go to work and learn the things that he likes on his own time?)

    The main benefit, you may ask? The farmhands and waiters/restaurant staff who I drank with during my time in Germany knew more about current events (in fact, more about many things) than 9 out of 10 of the Americans with whom I worked. I worked with military officers and civilian college graduates who knew less than German stable cleaners and winemakers (the fact that none of the non-medical/law officers could even be shown to have a decent level of aptitude in *their own specialties* was doubly galling.) We have an educational system that drains the intellectual curiosity out of its clients, to the point that the few graduates who actually *know* anything are nerds and immigrants (because the majority of Americans seem to think that learning the test is enough.) And even the nerds and immigrants fail in the long run due to never paying attention to anything outside of their studies, leading to “happy fun times” (best example: the OF officer at my base was an awoved evangelical Christian. Due to his tunnel vision, he never bothered to learn that our base’s deployment staging area was in our town’s red light district because he *never bothered to check out the area or ask his German liaisons about the area*. This lack in judgment led to our regional commander learning that our base commander put his troops in a hotel whose owner gave them vouchers for the local strip club/brothels, at a time in which the military was cracking down on paying for sex. Hilarity did not ensue.)

    • P Ray
      May 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Germany’s education system is changing – but not for the better.
      Apparently school leavers now require 1 full year after secondary school (called pre-university studies) to ensure their comprehension, literacy and mathematics are up to scratch for their degrees.

      I’ve even known a German exchange student who failed all his computer science papers taken in New Zealand (on his LinkedIn page … he is now a researcher at Fraunhofer IGD … and was previously a lecturer(!)). So much for the myth of “German efficiency”.

      The biggest problem with thinking systems and people don’t change and quality is maintained … is that it won’t.

  10. September 4, 2011 at 5:54 am

    School teachers are preachers of pacifism and conformity, at this point. When we over-regulated, we made a system that only idiots bother to game, and now most if not all of our teachers are condescending idiots.

    As the ancients knew, you are who you are born to be — most people are turnip-pickers, a few are fighters, and a rare few are academics/priests/leaders.

  11. May 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We are neck-deep with not only teachers, but fundraisers, authority figures, self-improvement advisers, even relationship “experts” and other bullshit scoundrels. They are all the same – as they are all trying to maximize profit and are nothing more than rent-seeking parasites.

    At the end of the day, we are all faced with realities (pleasant AND unpleasant) which proves not only how useless and shitty they all are – but how they can afford a living by selling pipe dreams THEY THEMSELVES don’t even believe in. All this “pass interference” does it makes things worse.

  1. September 4, 2011 at 1:23 am

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