If you're in the lounge you probably saw RakeItIn's thread about his opinion on the USA's education system. If not, then you can view it below: I'm honestly a bit tired of seeing these threads because it's the same thing: one person says "college sucks", another person telling them they're stupid, another person attacking the person for calling the original poster stupid, the OP attacking the second guy, and it just keeps going on like this:So to (hopefully) end these threads and possibly promote some intelligent discussion about the current education system and how it can be imporved, I'm starting this thread explaining my view on the current education system. Note: Too indolent to read all of this? Then skip to section 10. Section 1: Welcome To The Accreditation SystemLet me tell you a little secret: most schools are part of a social game. Notice I said "most" as I'll get to that in a moment. Before I begin, let me tell you about why people romanticise college and school in general. Section 2: History of Educational Romanticism Once upon a time in 1840, higher education was only available to opulent white men. Everyone else was required to work extremely low-paying jobs and they were not given the opportunity to work their way up. However, in 1848, opulent women were allowed into college universities. Now college was available to opulent white men and women. However, more people still wanted access to this golden education system that was practically guaranteed, at the time, to make you successful. So, in 1914, Cheyney University, the first black university, began offering degrees. Now opulent men and women were allowed in. In doesn't end there, though! In 1944, the G.I Bill was enacted, meaning higher education was now available to the opulent men, women, and the military. At this juncture, colleges were just letting everybody in to access their educational facility, which at the time was quite useful and had a real purpose (to create more educated and well-rounded citizens). Now, you may think people will change their opinions about school or at least think about your opinion once they realise they are being scammed. Well, let me explain this to you using colours. As you already know, in the English language pink and red are 2 different colours. English students grow up learning pink and red are 2 different colours and they will continue to believe pink and red are 2 different colours. However, in the Russian language, light blue and blue are 2 different colours. Russian students grow up learning light blue and blue are 2 different colour and they will continue to believe light blue and blue are 2 different colours. Now, try telling an English student that light blue and blue are 2 different colours and try telling a Russian student that pink and red are 2 different colours. You'll be met with the same, "No they're not, you're stupid! What school did you go to, because you obviously failed" response. In the case of school, people grow up learning that "school is the answer to everything and college is the only way to succeed in life", so they will continue to believe this for the rest of their lives, also called "indoctrination". Section 3: Modern Education Because of the history colleges have (giving people hope), people still cling onto college because it still gives them hope (watch The Hunger Games to see what I mean). College was around during a time when you couldn't just learn everything at a keyboard. You either went to college, took on an apprenticeship, learnt from a library, or worked at a dead-end job. Section 4: High schoolYou see, when you are in high school, what you are actually doing there is competing in a social competition, not learning. Sure, you do learn a bit about arithmetic and you may learn basic English skills, but this isn't important. What is important, however, are the social connections you develop and how well you can please your teacher (this doesn't translate to fellatio) to further develop those social connections. High school is a time for you to learn social skills and increase your chances of getting into a university. Section 5: How Grades WorksYou see, being autistic I never developed social skills. This has led me to focus my attention on how people operate in an endeavour to simulate social skills. One thing I've noticed with school is that your grades are completely dependant on your teachers and how much they like you as a student, not how much you learn or how "smart" you are. Many people, especially students, forget that their teachers are people. People are bias and people are prone to error, which means teachers are bias and prone to error. I've had well over 100 teachers throughout my years in school (I had moved around a lot), and out of all of those teachers, only 3 ever cared about each students. As for the rest of the teachers, they selected "the best and brightest" students (which always vary between teachers as the "best and brightest" is an opinion) and helped them pass their classes (usually by inflating their grades, offering them make-up assignments, and in a few cases, in exchange for sexual contact). This, of course, does not apply to every school, but it does apply to the majority of schools. Section 6: Differences between College and High SchoolNow, college is slightly different. Most college "students" are not there to get a better education, they are there for a degree to get a better job (the purpose of trade schools and apprenticeships). Despite what some people may tell you, many college students are learning averse. This is because once a neurotypical reaches puberty, they no longer live life to learn, they live life for pleasure. Things such as a better job and a college degree translates to a better partner (plural for the serial-monogamous), which means more pleasure. This is why you see so many nursing, doctoral, and dental students; these careers translate into a more respected (not necessarily better) career which gives them pleasure. Section 7: StandardsThe first time I went to college when I was 16, I also thought it was a waste of time like so many other people. "These are just glorified high school classes", I said. Unfortunately, I fell ill so I had to drop all of my classes. At the age of 19, when I enrolled in another university, I thought to myself, "These are just glorified high school classes", and left again. Like a driving exam, the standards for schools and colleges have been lowered so much that every student attending school is capable of graduating (see NEA even though it doesn't apply to colleges, but it might as well) for reasons stated in section 1. Section 8: Exceptions Remember when I said most schools are just a part of a social game? Well, not every school system is a waste of time. Schools that focus on one particular career (mortuary school, medical school, dental school, etcetera) are quite useful and are imperative to the success of the people in those careers (and no, you don't need college to get into every medical school). Without those schools, we would have people in careers that require a high level of expertise and precision learning from YouTube. Honestly, would you want an autodidactic doctor who learnt how to perform a heart surgery from YouTube? I sure wouldn't! Section 9: Conclusion and Your Place In The School System Your place in the school system is to either be in it or away from it. If you're in it, don't treat it likes it's a holy place where you have to preach about how great it is to everyone. As an Internet marketer you should know that you are just doing their marketing for them by encouraging everyone to go get accredited. If you're not in school, don't tell everyone not to go. Not everyone has the drive to be successful without college and not everyone is autodidactic. Section 10: Your Turn Now it's your turn; what problems do you see in the current education system and how do you think they can be improved (this is not asking you to criticise another person's post). Bonus Section: Responses To Posts That I Don't Want To See Post: Well, this is just your opinion. Response: Shut up and read the whole post. Post: Most of the points you make in here are invalid and do not apply to the current education system and... Response: Shut up and read the whole post. Post: I think college is good because... Response: I don't care if you think college is good, that was not the purpose of this post. Read Section 10. Post: Right on man, college sucks bro and... Response: I don't care if you think college sucks, that was not the purpose of this post. Read Section 10. No, read the whole post again. Post: Section 11... Response: There is no "Section 11". Post: This doesn't apply to the rest of us because we don't have autism Response: Read. The. Entire. Post. That was not the point. Post: My school is better than your school Response: I don't care. Post: You just went to the wrong school dude. You need to just keep trying until you get the right school. Response: I went to about 20 different schools in 3 different states. Don't tell me what to do. Post: Everyone needs an education because education is vital to the success of our economy and you don't know that because... Response: Read section 2 and 3. Post: I'm in college Response: Who cares? Post: Yeah man, I know where you're coming from, bro. Response: No you don't. Post: Grades don't work like that! I worked hard for my 4.0 GPA that I got for 12 years straight! I'm currently a college student and I know more than you because a piece of paper says I do! You just don't know the meaning of hard work... Response: Read section 1 again where I say most schools are like this and not all of them. No amount of education will ever help someone with abysmal reading comprehension like this. Post: But Brah...! Response: Get out of here. Post: Dude, I know what you mean. I know someone who didn't go to college and now he's making 6 figures a year and is dating a model, and, and, and Response: I don't care about fictitious success stories. I only care about my success story. Post: You're tired of seeing threads about education, yet you posted one? Response: The purpose of this thread is to encourage a conversation, not an argument like the other threads turn into. Post: (Repost of any of these example posts) Response: How original! I'm not going to babysit this post forever. Like a deist god, I just created this to set things in motion and watch what happens. So go ahead, post.