Schooling the world, a documentary

So I just finished watching the documentary schooling the world, which is about how the modern (western) education system has ruined cultural societies and is actually anti-sustainable living.

It was an interesting look into another view of education. Americans focus so much on getting better education and the need for every child (American or not) to receive better education. Do we ever question what that better education causes or why it was instituted in the first place? Do we ever look at what has happened as a result of western education that was instituted as a part of colonization?

This documentary doesn’t make a solid, cohesive argument. It seems to indicate that isolated, agrarian societies are ideal, while trying quoting those interviewed as preferring many positive things modern education has brought (improved medicine). In so doing, it weakens its own argument. When we look only at negative things that western education has affected, of course it will sound bad. But when we look at all the positive things, as well as the rate at which more positive things have been introduced, it is hard to say the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.

Yes, we need to continue to have familial interactions; yes, it is not ideal to have people end up living in slums. But at some level we have to accept that western culture is here to stay. And if it is not, we’re not here to stay, either. Western education needs to acknowledge that the informal sociocultural education argued for by Vygotskiy is beneficial to positive living and should be practiced, and certainly teachers who teach through shame, as demonstrated in the video, need to be silenced. But focusing solely on learning what my grandfathers knew would have made me good at chemistry and carpentry. I would have never learned about sports (or had time to) and I would have missed out on something that has played, and will continue to play, a major role in my life. If I learned only what my father knew, I would be a tile-setter, down on my hands and knees every day. I might have learned to love that, but only if, somehow, I had learn about art and creativity as well. That’s unlikely; I learned to aspire to those heights through the western education system.

It is perfect? No. Does it cause shame and hurt people, yes. But it still is bringing the entire world out of the dark ages of sickness and intellectual blindness faster than anything has done before.

Lost time

Sometimes I get distracted. Last semester was an example of that. My life kinda went out of control after the last blog post. But I’m in a better place now. I suppose that type of thing happens to everyone.

But I don’t have that time back to use better. And now my final semester of grad school (I hope?)–next semester–will be harder than it could have been had I not gone off track last winter. But I wouldn’t really trade anything else in my life for where I am now.

I believe I know where I want to go. I know where I’ve been and I like it. I also know many of the roads I can take forward. Many of them I don’t like.

I’m grateful for revelation and inspiration as I try to find the paths Father has set for me. I’d prefer to have it laid in front of me, so I will worry less. But if it were, I could blame God, and He doesn’t work like that. I have to be responsible for my own choices.

It’s part of enjoying the journey.

Genesis

And so school begins anew. There’s not much more to say than that. Basically time is split between good and better things.

Life is always easier when I prioritize. Best thing to do: wake up early (like 530) and read scriptures. For me, everything follows very easily after that. When I put the most important things first (chronologically) in my day, the rest of it flows pretty much perfectly after that. Not that there aren’t flaws that creep up, but all my priorities are straight.
So then I go to work. Laundry is so much fun. :) (Yes, of course that is sarcastic.) I work till my first class starts about 900 and then it’s off to the races.
The Lord blessed me a lot this year and so I am living one of my dreams: I am coaching a high school volleyball team. Like as the head coach. Yeah, crazy, eh? Crazier still when it takes about 20-30 hours of my week. But I love it. It gives me something to do and forces me to plan and execute my plans well. I get a lot more done when I am constantly busy. But then, doesn’t everybody?
Genesis really has nothing to do with anything but the first line of this post.
But a fun scripture in Genesis gives insight to what God looks like. (Yeah, whoa! God looks like something?)
Yup, Genesis 1:26-27 read: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. . . . So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
How can God create something in His image if He doesn’t have an image after which to form us? He can’t; it’s impossible. Even for God. So the logical conclusion is God has an image and likeness. This isn’t completely conclusive that God has a physical body, but mix it up with some NT scriptures and you gotta believe it.

Blog? What blog?

[If you clicked on “Blog” and were sent here, it’s ok. Something is broken and I’m trying to fix it. For my most recent posts, click on the links to the right.]

So apparently when I get busy, my blogging decreases. And when I’m no longer busy again, then I forget I have a blog. Kinda sad, eh?

Well, it’s more sad when you find out that my blog is one of my bookmarks that is so prominently shown on my browser.
Nothing major has changed in the last four months (maybe that’s why I haven’t written–little to pontificate about). I still like women, volleyball, school, and religion. Maybe a few things have changed. I no longer live with freshmen and am now breathing the fresh air of social interaction with people close to my own age.
It’s fun to live where I do. What’s interesting is I am among the youngest guys there, but am older than most of the women in the complex. Yay for two year missions. While I may not agree that those years “don’t count,” (I think I had between four and eight years worth of memories) missions give guys a chance to mature and catch up.
Not that age should matter, but that’s another story. (One I might share a little sooner than December.)

New Post

So perhaps my title is a little facetious, but I haven’t written in a while.  Not for lack of profound things to say, but for a lack of time.  Funny how my last blog was about time…

School kinda closed in around me and has sucked my resources dry.  Several of my classes are much more intense than I thought they would be, but I am trying to balance all of my assignments.  And I’m fairly successful in doing so.  It just leaves me without energy.  That’s not too bad, but I spent last week sick and didn’t do any homework.  So now I feel the heat.
Especially since I have two big tests in the next two days, and I haven’t really studied for either of them. Well, c’est la vie.
I saw someone write that on his facebook page the other day.  Only he had no clue how it was spelled.  I was slightly offended (because the French would be), but also laughed my head off.  “Se la vi`” is just NOT how it is spelled.

Finals

Sometimes I wonder if exam week is meant to be a joke.  I’m not sure why.  But I haven’t gone crazy over a final in years.  Today I’ve already taken 2, my third one starts in 30 minutes, and it’s only 1030.  I think that it’s just that I haven’t had a final that has adequately tested what I learned in the class.  Or maybe I am actually in the top tenth, but I really don’t think so.

I almost wish I could take the rest of my finals today, but the other two are scheduled.
I guess I might be bragging, so I’ll stop.
But finals week is fun, I get to do lots of cleaning checks (38).  But there aren’t any today, which is what matters.  Most are tomorrow night. Yay.

Education vs. Schooling

You know, it’s funny, but I’m in an Honours Writing class and today the teacher talked about how trying to get a C in a class would change our university experience. She talked about how it would give us new insights to life and learning, among other things.

While I haven’t been trying to earn a C in any of my classes (my presence in an Honours Writing class should give good indication to that), I have realised that, in some small way, I have been following some of the principles my instructor discussed.
As a resident assistant, my life has become one of service to my floor and building. I’ve given a lot of time to others to help them with papers and other assignments, putting my faith in God to bless me in m studies. And I’ve seen Him come through. As I’ve trusted that my service would help someone else, I’ve seen my own studies greatly blessed (and I’ve felt very rested on little sleep). In fact, I’m doing better this semester than my previous two–and I feel like I’m studying less.
It’s pretty weird, but I have learned a lot as I’ve put my education (about life and all other subjects) in front of my schooling. I’ve learned more overall.
So to all you uptight Honours students, don’t favour your schooling above your education. Put others first, and trust that the Lord will bless you. I’ve seen it.