The short answer is yes, but in reality this matter is much more complicated.
Before I start with this topic, I just wanna say, that whatever I write about education system is from my own experience. I graduated from school 8 years ago, and maybe some things have changed throughout this time. Or maybe they’re different in other countries, idk.
First things first, I have to admit that I hated school. Even though I had very close friends, with whom I had a lot of fun, I still hated it. I was a night owl, and waking up early in the morning was a torture for me. I could never understand why we needed to learn all these numerous subjects or what they’re going to give us. I dreamed about my school being exploded every single morning, and when I got sick, I was the luckiest kid ever. I think many can relate to this.
Now, of course, I think differently. If there was a time machine I’d really love to go back to school, at least for a day or a week, to experience all that once again. I understand, that school indeed has lots of good sides. The problem is, that all these advantages are presented upside down, so they automatically become drawbacks.
But if you think about it, school should have been the best thing that happens to people. It gives us discipline. It teaches us to be organized, it gives us a full, comprehensive understanding of everything that exists (for free btw, not taking into consideration the private schools ofc). It gives us possibility to get into the social world, find friends, learn to have different relationships, start solving our own problems and slowly step into the big world.
I think the main problem of school is that it starts way to early. In our country kids go to school at the age of 6 and from the first day they are required to sit still for a few hours and start learning multiple subjects at once. This can cause a big trauma, because kids are being taken away from their childhood and immediately forced to act in a certain manner. They’re all required to think the same way and forget about their individuality and original mindsets. Then, once they slowly get used to their new life in elementary school, they transfer to middle school and the amount of hard subjects suddenly gets so much bigger. I remember when I went from 4th grade to 5th one (or to be more precise, 6th one, but it’s too long to explain), I got loaded with a bunch of new, unknown subjects. I spent 2 hours reading the texts and ended up not understanding a single thing.
And that’s the next main problem. People want to educate kids like grownups. They don’t seem to understand, that it’s all too difficult and not important for kids. I mean even parents, who want to help their kids with their homework, most of the time don’t comprehend what’s written in the textbooks. These same subjects could have been more suitable for children and young teenagers, so it’s not only understandable but also interesting for them. Because kids at that age could care less about maths, historical events and physics, especially when they come with hard terminology, definitions and thousands of numbers to remember. That’s why once they’re done with school, they instantly forget everything they’d learned for years and never want to study ever again. So I guess you can say, that’s all those sufferings are pretty much in vain.
The third problem is, that school doesn’t give us any practical knowledge. They don’t teach pupils about life, relationships, ethics and morals. They teach us how to find the surface area of a triangle, but don’t talk about human nature, our psychology. They don’t prepare us for the adult life, they don’t talk about rent, jobs or salaries, or teach us how to cook, iron the clothes or hammer a nail. Isn’t it more important in the real world? I understand that people must have the elementary education, but let’s be honest, have you ever used those complicated math or chemistry formulas in your daily life? If you’re not a specialist, of course. But instead, how many of us didn’t know the simple things about being independent, like doing the laundry or cleaning the house. How many of us didn’t know what to do, when we were sad, depressed or betrayed?
Imagine, if school combined all that knowledge. If it taught us the scientific subjects in a very interesting, yet easy way, so we’d actually understand what we were reading, and not just learn the texts by heart. Then we’d definitely remember all that cool information for the rest of our lives. If we learned the basic maths, a few languages, literature. Those, who wanted to go deep into linguistic, geology or mathematics could take advanced lessons, but they wouldn’t be mandatory for those, who’d choose other subjects.
But most importantly if we learned about life and how to solve its problems. If we were taught to be nice, kind to each other, polite, understanding, accepting, tolerant. If we were taught to care for one another, for helpless animals or our nature. The world would be in such a better place if that happened.
I know this sounds like a fantasy genre. Maybe in an utopian world we’d get that. Sadly it doesn’t work that way in this ordinary world. But maybe some things are up to us for changing?