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Old School vs. New School

And when I say old school… I mean OLD school. This article is about appreciating those traits that made Greek Academies so great and the current College System… so, so lame. History repeats itself, they say. And looking at the past for knowledge, is a GREAT way to help build a better future.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Students who went to the academies in Ancient Greece went there because they wanted to learn. It was this thirst for knowledge that drove students to visit their classrooms, not a need for a diploma or social pressure.

Greek students choose their teachers. They weren’t assigned to teachers randomly.

Greeks students honored their teachers by referring them to as “master” or “mentor”. Not Mr. Jones, Missy, or simply Emily. Formalities aside, respect toward educators is a thing that is quickly deteriorating.

Ancient students were free to leave a classroom whenever they wanted, and a teacher could refuse to give classes to a disrespectful student.

Students read books because they genuinely wanted to learn, not because of some test or examination.

Greek Academies ran on donations/sponsors…. not on student’s money.

IN THE END

It’s the over-complicated society, the over-complicated life, and over-complicated regulations that have ruined the education system.

It’s a shame how the entire SYSTEM is geared towards teaching students how to work, but NOT how to live. Sure, it’s the parent’s job to take care of the LIFE lessons … but happens to kids with bad parents? or a dumb ones? or broken homes?….. sadly, there is few people around to guide these lost teenagers.

Old School

Read —–> Learn —–> Be a better person

New School

Read —–> Take tests —–> Get diploma —–> Work —–> Make money

In the Society of the XXI Century

Seems like helping students make “future” money is more important than helping them find happiness.

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The Professor who talked about LIFE

Sometimes when looking at a classroom of students, all I see is a room full of zoombies. Not your typical skin-rotting, degenerate, brain-eating creatures from the grave. No, im talking about a high-tech, de-sensitivized, note-hungry mass of uninspired zoombies.

Students who stare at the chalkboard with blank eyes and open mouths. Peers who instead of taking notes, have their eyes glued to their cellphones or the Internet. Fellow classmates whose attention span is shorter than that of a goldfish. The classroom, in reality, is a lot more like a zoombie wasteland than a educational facility. A place where a few survivors, with the professor as their leader, have to fend off a mass of brain-dead zoombies.

What happens when the survivors have had enough?

Unlike in a zoombie-apocalypse film, the survivors in the classroom can´t stand up and fight. They can´t grab baseball bats and start clobbering zoombie skulls. Instead of melee weapons, all the survivors have are chalk sticks. Instead of bullets, all they can shoot at the zoombies are words. And in this movie,  the protagonist (professor) is forced to keep feeding exam-information to the student-zoombies or run the risk of being eaten alive.

What happens when a recording machine can just as easily carry out the work of a professor? What happens when everytime the professor goes off topic, he is meet with a cascade of falling pencils? – If it wasn´t for those couple students that actually do CARE,  most professors would feel competlely de-humanized, impotent and useless.

Now the reason im writing this reflection, is because of something I witnessed the other day in class.

I noticed how our professor, a shy man, got tired of talking about the same classroom material he always talked about. Mr. Shy decided to take a break from being a teacher, and for just 20 minutes, give his students advice about LIFE.

He didn´t lecture us. He didn´t act as a superior-being. All he did was give us, his students, good advice on the matters of LIFE. Knowledge and wisdom that he had obtained through experience. The kind of desinteristed advice a grandfather gives to his grandchildren.

How did we, the students, thank Mr. Shy for his thoughtful advice?

With cold stares. Eyes saying ¨Who the F*** do you think you are, telling us this¨

With the loud noise of dozens of pens hitting our desk.

With mouths yapping gossip left and right.

With inconsiderate yawns and laughter.

¨Respect your elders¨ they say…

And there I was. Alone, sorrounded by a crowd of inconsiderate, disrespectful, ungrateful XXI-century student-zoombies.

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Us. And by us I mean us young people. Us young people and our eternal struggle to live a balanced life. Or at least that´s what were “supposed” to be after, right?

Good grades, good body, and good friends…

Better yet – OK grades, rock hard body, and millions of friends….

Now… The reason I am writing this is because I am outraged at the current education system´s incompetence and its unwillingness to help balance a student´s life.

The great majority of students usually excel at one or two of these aspects… but can almost never maintain all three.

If you get top notch grades It means you take time to study and probably love coffee. It also means you can’t afford going out that often and find it hard to maintain an exercise routine.

If you are all about the party It means you probably have below average grades and sleep little. Also, hangovers and late nights don’t usually mix well with exercise.

If you are all about sports It means every extra hour on the field is one less hour hitting the books. On the plus side, you can always enjoy the occasional party and show off that body.

So there exists a three directional pull on student’s activities and the result of that pull will determine his future personality and lifestyle. If trying to balance all three aspects is a hard and confusing task by itself…. add the NOISE that sorrounds us all and you get pure chaos. Chaos and noise… what the modern age is all about.

The hours spent procrastinating inside continents of Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, Twitter, and Wikipedia; that are all form part of that wonderful planet called the Internet.

The nights spent in front of the TV or computer watching countless programs, brainless reality shows and awesome network series.

The days spent traveling the World of Warcraft, scoring goals on FIFA or shooting terrorists in Call of Duty.

Yes… the noise is fun.  Yes… the noise requires very little effort. And yes… the noise is very addicting.

While the noise does serves as an escape to every day worries and problems, it more often serves as an excuse to avoid doing useful things with your time. Unlike the noise, useful things like studying, building relationships and exercise require real effort.

“Effort”, a word thats rapidly losing its value and gaining a negative connotation in the minds of new generations. New generations that constantly look for ways to cheat effort, because effort can be uncomfortable.

Cheat exercise – by taking diet pills, buying TV machines, or having an operation.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cheat social life– by living in WOW , Facebook , or videogames.                                                                                                                                            Cheat studies – by copy/pasting, ADHD pills or plagiarism.

Now, I am not saying cheating from time to time is bad… we all do it occasionally. It´s just that every time you cheat, you are also unknowingly limiting your own potential for personal growth. Thus when cheating becomes ¨regular¨ habit, your human potential also becomes ¨regular¨.

My words probably sound a lot older than my current age… but i’d be dammed if there isn’t truth in each and everyone of them. Call me an idealist but

Why can’t more of us be like that lucky 15%? That lucky 15% of students that are intelligent, exercise and still find time to party.

Why does the education system revere intelligent students, when maybe they are just covering up their loneliness with studies?

Why do colleges revere talented athletes, when their IQ can sometimes be that of a kid?

Why does pop media revere party animals, when in reality their lives tend to be extremely bipolar?

If our education system truly promotes a balanced lifestyle, why does only 15% of their students ever achieve it?

I`ll tell you why… because it´s easier for educators to produce athletes, academics, and party animals than to produce well-rounded human beings. And looking at how fucked up the society and parenting of today is… I don´t blame them.

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