Thursday, 24 April 2014

What schooling has done ... my god !

A wise and skilled (and usually poor) community is advised to put its children into a school. They start at the lowest rung of that ladder, with rocks tied to their feet. Their elders are not skilled in this, their inherited wisdom is in another field. Slowly, very slowly, they adapt to an alien knowledge system ... And when among them a clerk or a nurse emerges, it is seen as success - by them and my us, so deep is that indoctrination.

The indoctrination of the low value of their knowledge, and of the superiority of OUR knowledge.

When I was young and went to the village to work it was with these vague fears and misgivings about schooling.

A long while later my fears have proved real. Children of a wise community, deeply versed in animal care and agriculture ... struggle to learn English, and to get a degree which will place them at the lowest echelons of work.

The saddest thing is that they have themselves denied their own wisdom.
 

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