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Educated For Work

Many agree that education is the key to success, and this view is a reality in American society. Without an education, a person could not land the job that would earn them a decent living to enjoy the luxuries this society has to offer. This is what education is all about, a lesson on how-to survive in a knowledge-power hungry society. From elementary school throughout to the ultimate degree, a person is taught how to be a productive worker and compliant citizen of America.

On the surface, this seems logical because this is what has settled deep within the crevices of the average citizen's think tank, however, this programming leaves no room for human originality. Some would argue, however, that a person can do whatever they want to do in life and there is nothing holding them back, but this logic is flawed because any lifestyle contrary to the one society has chosen for us is deemed a threat to that society.

For example, if a family decided not to allow the public (or private) school system to educate their children and they teach those children to never work for another but always remain self-sufficient, there would be more obstacles in those children's way than there would be if they were trained systematically. The possibility is there, but the social stigma will always be strong against them.

Not many alternatives to education offer a person a high place at the level of social prominence according to the current standards. Many are self-taught and many have learned a trade-knack that enables them to survive and even get rich, but how far do any of those go without compliance with the legal system, a strong sense of ethics and honesty, or requiring further schooling.

In the classroom, students are taught to abide by the laws, commit to their civic duty, respect authority, and work hard for success or else failure will knock hard at the door. These are not lessons of morality for life but training tactics for being a productive worker: the embodiment of the capitalist system. The educational system is not responsible for teaching morality, our parents are. The educational system is to train a citizen to subsist in the workforce and never breathe a word of independence.

© 2004 by CR Hamilton




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