Sylvia's writing to freedom

Are we going to invest in education? 28/02/2011

We all know by experience that education isn’t one of mans most brillant inventions ever. The students that stood out the crowd and accomplished intellectual fame later in life were mostly school drop outs or autodidacts. During my own educational career that started 38 years ago and lasted for 21 years I witnessed the decline of the whole system. Already back then we had teachers that were not up to the task and went home with a mental break down not to be seen back anymore.

Then there were the years when we had too much graduated teachers, who chose another profession to survive and pay off their study loan. Nobody chose to do this study anymore and within 5 years and more there was a shortage of teachers. Governments started campaigns to trick people into the educational system and let them teach. This was the beginning of a chaos era. New teachers entered the school system who never had been teaching before, though some had a passion for working with students and were capable to transfer the knowledge better then any teacher ever. Others were disasters and of course they were the one’s who stayed within the system till their retirement and they received the gold watch.

In  those 21 years within the system I’ve witnessed cutbacks after cutbacks. Where teachers were in the old days, once a year on strike, they currently can pick which demonstration they want to go to or just oversleep and stay home. I wouldn’t be surprised if there exists a strike brochure for the whole school year, like a menu to pick from. Nothing changes by striking, the change needs to take place from the inside out. Teachers, the educational system and governments need to get their priorities straight. If not the decline wil make morons out of our children.

To illustrate how intellectual, common sensical our current teachers are and where they prioritize, a few examples from real life:

Italian language teacher:

Hair is a living material


Italian math teacher:

Sitting in front of a computer during an excel course and grabbing the mouse asking: what do I need to do now?


Italian math teacher:

Sticking verses on the kitchen cupboards to learn Dante by heart.


Dutch language teacher:

Baking bread with students while using a bread maker and being surprised to find the dough blade inside the bread.


Dutch language teacher:

Painting on the windows to decorate the classroom with waterproof paint and asking if the paint is washable.


Italian geography teacher:

Responding to the question why they write the word sex as a grade in the children’s report, she states that if they write ‘sei’ (6) students can make a ‘sette’ (7) out of it.


Italian english teacher:

After 15 years of studying the English language still saying “free” instead of “three”.


Italian remedial teacher:

Giving candies to a child with disturbed behavior like ADHD and not understanding why the kid gets so fucked up.


It’s time to get serious here. Schools are full of teachers who are a shame for their own profession. Schools with no financial means and working with old materials will not determine how teachers teach. Teaching without money is teaching with huge limitations, but when teachers in third world countries can pull the trick why can’t we? We have to look deeper into the real issues. What is it that we should accomplish through education? Do we want to make our children into uniformity and let them all go to the same factory or office and be slaves of the system? If so then we better implant the necessary information into the child so it can be effective within the system. If we really want to teach our children and let them apply the learned information within reality, then we have to throw away the current abusive educational system.

We need to start understanding that we can not make money over the backs of our children. Education needs to be reincarnation of information over and over again in every moment for every child. Simply because the message is always the same in every moment and needs to be available for every child in every moment. Information that can be walked, that can be experienced. Learning how to care for yourself and your planet with all that lives on it. Words like inequality, competition, comparison, greed, jealousy and power need to be explained and then banned. We need citizens of the world that do not fear themselves and their world. Citizens who understand that doing what’s in the best interest of all is also benefitting themselves. Citizens who are prepared to not be driven by money and do all that they can to establish world equality.

A change is now more possible then ever. By implementing the Equal Money System, education would be free for everybody. Education is an investment into  the future and not a financial investment.

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4 Responses to “Are we going to invest in education?”

  1. Pogue Mahone Says:

    This is exactly why we home school!

    • Sylvia Says:

      Yes, Pogue Mahone indeed. Though you have to understand that homeschooling isn’t allowed in every country by law. Till so far I lived in the Netherlands and Italy and both countries do not allow it.

      • Pogue Mahone Says:

        Hi,
        You could always still just do it secretly; “underground”; a lot of people do it that way in countries such as Germany where it’s banned.

  2. Sylvia Says:

    I did for 1 year in the Netherlands and it was wonderful, but still underground. Then the people at the town hall discovered the children were not enrolled at any elementary school, and we the parents, were taken to court. A €700,- fine and 2 years probation. At that time we left to immigrate to Italy and didn’t try it again due to the language the children had to learn as quick as possible. Now we go just through the system and work with the system to see were it needs adjustments and then one can make changes.


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