National Historical Park Pennsylvania
July 17, 2013
I declare that all people shall be free in the choosing of their own education without being institutionalized into societal slavery.
Current modern educational structures such as departmental schools do not provide enough individual attention for a person to develop intellectually and socially, and man was never meant to be imprisoned for several hours for the sole sake of learning.
Because students need more individual attention, we have been noticing an alarming increase in high school dropouts over the last several years, and as a result those in authority are trying to cram as many kids as they can into three-story buildings that already are in disrepair, losing common resources such as paper, and struggling to give outdated textbooks to all students, in an attempt to save these children from "certain" doom. This is the case with my high school, as the crowded hallways and antique infrastructure leave much to be desired in terms of proper learning.
Furthermore, man was naturally free; no boundaries. We learned with the mere tool of observation and from there, built layer upon layer of thinking to the point where we have become a mechanical society. With newer technology, more and more students are utilizing online educational sites to expand their knowledge, and with less funding for the public school system, larger class sizes and fewer teachers have made in-school learning a less-than-optimal experience. It is also interesting to note that the pioneers in this computer driven field, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, did more of their own work rather than rely on a system that is losing its focus. Most people would say that the chance of a college dropout succeeding fiscally was slim; but how do we really know? How many people have even attempted to break the mold to choose their own pursuits, rather than succumb to the pressure of their peers? Education should not be considered identical to schooling. Education never fails, but schooling is a risky path to travel.
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