[W]e are told by those authoritatively assigned as our “teachers” — inside and outside classrooms — what to think and how to think it. We are taught to be good, subordinate servants. Perhaps most of all, and most debilitating to us, we are conditioned to love our oppressors and to blame ourselves for the systemic problems we face.
Can’t make rent? Get a second job. Still not enough? Should have gone to college. Did go to college? Should have gone to a better one. Went to a fantastic university? Should have avoided loans. Born into poverty and couldn’t avoid them? Too bad, should have been born rich.
No solutions ever actually emerge because they were never meant to. Capitalists know this. Finding solutions would mean actually dismantling the education of oppression and attacking poverty where it is born — in the hands of the rich.
What if I told you trying to eliminate poverty through “education” is bullshit? Part II | AmericaWakieWakie (via america-wakiewakie)
I call bullshit. Maybe in the 50’s this characterization of classroom teachers as dictating “what to think and how to think it” and to be “good, subordinate servants” was true. In modern classrooms, students are encouraged to think critically and challenge the status quo.
Also, I don’t know a single teacher that would tell a student they should have avoided a “fantastic college” because of loans. I went to a state university and still incurred loans. Loans are simply the price of higher education, and higher education is more and more the price of success. Even for those students for whom higher education is not an option for one reason or another (and those students exist) AN education IS necessary to break the cycle of poverty.
Our capitalist society, the government, and the super rich all have a part to play in the vicious cycle of poverty, but teachers are not among them. Teachers are part of the solution.
What this snippet (I’m assuming of a larger article) ignores is the countless teachers (in and outside of the classroom) like myself who are encouraging students to become critical thinking, intelligent, productive members of society.
I will concede the author the point that education is not the only piece of the puzzle and, as previously mentioned, capitalism and the super rich have a part to play. However, To characterize teachers as oppressors is disingenuous at best. This teacher works her ass off to help kids succeed every damn day and is tired of being vilified for one reason or another.
Apologies for any in incoherency. This tired teacher was a little too pissed off to think straight.
Sorry. I didn’t mean for this reblog to call out you, seriously.
I read it more as the “outside the classroom” line, that the world is telling us this, and that the way things are in America right now it’s very very difficult to succeed compared to our parents’ generation. That people these days can work so hard and get a degree and still not be able to find a good job. That it’s impossible to juggle a minimum wage job alongside going to school alongside raising a kid etc, especially with health care costs the way they are and the minimum wage so low.
Seriously though, teachers like you who legitimately care about their students and helping them to grow and think critically, you’re the ones paving the way for everything to get better in the future.
I know you didn’t mean it personally. The text itself just had me seeing red. The article itself actually does focus on classroom teachers, even going back to the abhorrent practice of erasing the Native American culture through education, as if this kind of thing still actually happens. I won’t lie, I started reading the original article and got so enraged that I had to stop.
Case in point, the author actually did mean to attack teachers (suppressed scream of rage) but I know you didn’t. We cool.