Use the system to educate yourself,
Do not let the system educate you:
Knowledge is power,
But power is not knowledge.
While laying in bed around one a.m. one night,
pondering the ideas of Rage Against the Machine, I
devised this little maxim based on the popular saying,
"Knowledge is power" (I did come up with the "But
power is not knowledge" part myself, but, honestly, I
do not know if anyone else has said it first). These
four little lines invoke, in me, a multitude of ideas
on the education system, and, hopefully, will invoke
more in the mind of anyone who reads this.
First of all, it says to me that we should learn to
think for ourselves. We should not be dependant on the
system to teach us to think. The system merely spews
facts at us; and subjective facts at that. They tell
you that "this is the way it is, so learn it." They do
not teach you to think about what they are teaching
you, and to determine for yourself what it means. The
administrators of the education system may tell you
what to learn, but that does not mean that they know
what is best for you. Power is not knowledge.
Second, take the courses that intrest and challenge
you. Do not take the simple courses with no effort
required just to get a few free marks. The knowledge
gained from interesting, challenging courses can
benefit you for your entire life, while the simple
courses with guaranteed excellent outcomes merely have
a short-term benefit. Knowledge is power.
Finally, we should take education beyond the classroom
and into our own hands. By relying on the system
alone, we will not learn anything truly interesting.
The system teaches you the "fundamentals," not
extraneous knowledge which will actually help you in
the real world. We should reasearch interesting topics
ourselves so we gain knowledge of the world and do not
remain in an ignorant stupor of what is really out
there by accepting what we are told.
So do not accept the education system as it is.
Educate yourself, think for yourself, and do not
accept what you are told outright. The world is open
for thought, so think.