I spent a LOT of time in education. I have spent a LOT of time reading books trying to learn things. I studied medicine, which is lifelong and ongoing study. I’m still studying, all of the time in fact!
The language that is used in education is extremely complicated. We are taught with complex words delivered in complex and uninspiring ways. I have spent countless decades trying to survive, yes survive the most tedious and boring lectures and I know I am not alone here.
Who decided we needed to make learning boring and hard?
At what point does learning stop becoming fun and interesting and becomes some onerous boring chore of a task?
When we are small, we enjoy learning. It is a joy to learn new things about life and the world. Learning is made fun. We have fun learning new things, like…. walking, where the parks are, what animals are, and what our foot tastes like when we put it in our mouth…..
Adults do their best to support kids to learn. Toys are designed to make learning ‘fun’ for children. Things are kept simple.
But for adults? Is learning made fun? Even in high school?
At what age is it ‘right’ and decided to take the fun out of learning?
Making it some tedious, frightening and most stressful task?
Children learn well when it is fun, when it is interesting and there are no fear of failure consequences, or being laughed at. Just imagine if we graded our children on every time they tried to take a step as babies and gave them a mark out of 10 or spoke to them in stern monotone voices about the importance of walking?! Do we think they would learn to walk or speak? Or would they just give up and stay in their cots….
When we are small, learning is colourful, there is care that goes into our ‘education’, but then as we age all the colour and the joy is taken out of education.
It becomes grey, regimented, full of ‘you have to’ ‘you have to get this mark’ ‘you have to beat this person’. We learn as we age we need to dress more grey, more regimented and more conformed.
The more we want to be taken seriously the more serious we have to be.
When we are small, life is made simple but as we age, we are told that life is complicated and things are complicated in the way that they are delivered to us.
Lets face it. Tertiary education – there is zero fun in it. There is zero simplicity in it. Things are delivered to us in the most complicated way possible which we then need to decipher. And then we come out the other end viewing life in complexity, not in simplicity, regimented, ‘serious’.
Why do we deliver it in this way?
And why do we act in these ways after we are ‘educated’ making us very different to the delights we were when we were small?
I work in medicine. I most definitely don’t speak in the complicated ways that I was and am educated in to my patients. When I speak to my patients, I speak to them in a way they can understand. I make things simple because things are and can be understood in simplicity.
This empowers people to equal understanding.
This leads me to question, why am I, who is also a simple person, not taught or spoken to in a way that is simple, but rather spoken to in a complicated way throughout the process of education?
After all, I am a person just like the patients who see me, and the information I learn is to serve them. So why is it taught to me in such a different way that I deliver it to them?
Why is the foundation of ‘education’ once you decide to ‘undertake it’ complexity and seriousness instead of simplicity and joy?
It was once said by Einstein that if you can’t explain something in simple way, you haven’t understood it.
Is it possible that our education system is not based on understanding but rather on the regurgitation of facts disconnected from real life?
And if so, then what purpose is that really serving other people in society?
Is not the purpose of education to gain greater understanding so that you can then share that understanding with others so that they are empowered?
Spreading complexity and lack of understanding around society, well that doesn’t make sense to me.
What we need is simplicity and understanding that empowers all, equally so.
Thus if this is what is needed, this needs to be a foundational tenet of our ‘education system’.
Our current approach to ‘education’ is crippling us. It is producing people who see life with complexity and who are afraid to fail and afraid to make mistakes, which are at times a necessary part of the grace of learning. It is producing people who value the recall of facts as of higher value than innate human qualities such as care, love, compassion and understanding. It is producing people who are afraid to live in life, not people who are empowered.
We need people in life who live well, who love and care, who are well, and are empowered, not those who are crippled with the complexity of life and live in fear and stress. Our ‘education system’ produces the people who live and work in society. There is great responsibility here.
We need to foster the true values in society that really build quality in society. Our current ‘education system’ does not do this, it makes life ‘hard’ and ‘complicated’, and removes us from our innate qualities of care, love and compassion making life ‘intellectual’ about fact recall and not about people. It is not about US as people. It is a joy-less experience, with zero fun and 100000% stress and obligation.
It doesn’t need to be this way.
Its time for a change to return education to its true foundations of connection, joy and understanding, of sharing understanding so that all may grow. And this is something that can and ought to be and needs to be found in ALL aspects of our education system from the kindergarten to the post graduate and beyond. The quality of our society and the health and well-being of people depends on it.