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GCSE Results Day.Category: (general)
Thursday, 23 August 2007
08:51:56 PM (GMT)
Today was a hopefully a good day for all of my friends getting their GCSE results.
Everyone who's told me about their results has reported good news, with many A*s and
As down the line of their results. Better than mine, I had no A*s, but I did have six
As, and that was good enough for me.

One might think that life is a lot easier for me, having worked hard enough to get
those grades. One might suppose that my hard work has paid off, and that I'm now
taking is easy, perhaps sipping some fruity drink on a beach somewhere.

No. No no no no no. And this is why it is not a happy day for me. Because I am
watching some of my closest friends being overjoyed at the prospect of having their
exams over, and also very pleased about the fact that they... get to do it all again
over the next two years.

Now, I don't mean to put a downer on their celebrations. Oh, actually, no, maybe I
do. Regardless, it's great that they've learnt what they have, and that they've
gotten a lot of it over. However, it hurts to know that this success is just another
bit of inertia forcing them ahead into things that, secretly, are a waste of their
time.

I know what you're thinking. Whoa... slow down there Steve, did you just say that
education is a waste of time? No, I didn't, education is great, I love learning
things. I'm a bit suspicious of people who do say education is a waste of time,
since... well... it's interesting, and I can't really relate to people who don't have
curiosity enough to learn.

However, the education system of the UK, I am less than happy about. Sure, it has
some real gems of teachers and some of the syllabi are actually really interesting
(there's little more amusing than listening to your sociology teacher talking about
the failures of the education system, for example) but a lot of it is just useless. I
mean, ask yourself this: instead of being told what you have to know, what is
important, what subjects you must take, would you rather decide for yourself what you
will learn? Wouldn't it be incredibly exciting to come across an area of interest to
you and be free to explore that as much as you like? In your own way?

The worst insult really though is that they test you on it at the end. This stuff
which, for the most part, you never wanted to spend your time learning about (at
least not in the way that you did), you are forced to endure having your brain poked
around with to make sure that you live up to their standards of knowledge. And what
do you think is the deciding factor in what matters? Well... think to yourself, what
will you use those letters you get at the end for? To get jobs of course! GCSEs are
not, as your teachers might like you to believe, about the beauty of understanding.
No, they are shaping you up for exploitation by, yes you guessed it, capitalism.

And it hurts to see people I care about exploited.

Comments 
Wrought_Iron_Rose says:   23 August 2007   139368  
: it does... 'specially when they themselves don't see it.
MojoHuma says:   24 August 2007   288711  
Perhaps it won't hurt people to be exploited because it's what they
grow up knowing, and what their life is expected to turn out like.
Before you corrupted me, I would have been happy enough working 9to5
in an office, working to pay the bills and struggling with a
monogamous relationship.

Because it was all I knew.
neoeno says:   24 August 2007   435591  
Hmm... your comment made me wonder whether I'm messing things up with
all this corruption business. I've noticed myself in the past assuming
things of J. Average Person that shouldn't really be assumed. Maybe
people don't notice disparity and oppression like I do, and really
they're okay as they are.

But... I can't help questioning that too. People do hate their
schools, and their jobs, and other things characteristic of our
societies. Even the ones at the top are crushed to see their lives
aren't what they expected. I mean, there are successful people who
enjoy it (and they tend to be the most successful, obviously) but most
people are doing things they don't... but you obviously don't hear
about that. Of course.. I don't have any definitive evidence to back
that up.

And obviously there's the idea that people can have much better
experiences if they are able to control their own lives... but the
idea of exploitation being universally bad is only my morality.. and I
can't generalise that to other people.

v_v I hope I'm right, for [everyone's] happiness' sake.
 
MojoHuma says:   24 August 2007   593495  
Maybe the majority of people don't know how to take control of their
own lives, or are too scared to. Society has moulded them that way and
even if they -didn't- want to be exploited, fear would let them allow
themselves to.

Society is a factory, and we are on it's production line. We are
moulded so we meet their standards and at the end we are sold to
capitalism, where the people at the top us as as they please.

Yet sometimes, people fall of the production line. They escape to a
world outside the factory. Some stay free. Others are brought back to
the production line - these are the ones who are bitter about the
system they are forced to work for. Those that are sold, having never
made it outside the factory, are happy where they are. Even if they're
not, they have no real idea why.

*looks at she's stuff written* I'm not entirely sure if that's
relevant. It jsut sounds cool.
neoeno says:   24 August 2007   413358  
I think the question, or at least the one that is bothering me, is
whether people are fine with things the way they are. If they can
enjoy their life perfectly well as it is. I mean.. I know some people
probably can. But the majority? Are there enough people not enjoying
their lives to make it worthwhile?

Maybe we've both been fed the ideology to make this unclear, but
there's the possibility that it's right... and that unsettles me
deeply.
 
Sanyu says:   25 August 2007   775278  
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." -
Albert Einstein.

My friends are all semi-converting to communism as of late, and I'm
not sure whether I'm sad or glad to say they're tempting me as well,
what with their anti-capitalistic views being mostly inline with my
own.
 
neoeno says:   25 August 2007   335913  
I'm not with communism myself. I thought I was, but my ideas about
communism were actually closer to anarchism, and I've recognised that
now.
 
Sanyu says:   25 August 2007   286579  
I haven't gone and looked up the differences myself. Politics is
definitely not my strong point, I don't know much about it at all. My
friend is making a documentary for media on the pros of communism
though, it looks like it'll be pretty good and I'm waiting for that
before I dive into the research, I mean, why read? My eyes are already
dying :D They want to put it on youtube so when they're done would you
like a link to the video? Should be a few weeks away.
 
neoeno says :   25 August 2007   462732  
Anarchism is basically the idea of having no hierarchy. I see
communism as a kind of... well, I'm not sure anymore. Marx had the
right idea I think, but I'm not sure he went far enough.
 

 
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