When I was a child
and all my teachers
told me that I was "gifted".
They said that I was brilliant,
had such potential,
smarter than all the rest,
and that because of this,
school would never be problematic.
My teachers praised my high vocabulary,
maturity and said I was well-read and
Honesty and clarity,
Well, guess what?
I cheated on a first grade spelling test
because if you got a 100 you got a sucker.
I got a 100 and I hated that sucker.
It wasn't as tasty as if I'd earned it.
did I enjoy it.
By the end of the fifth grade
I was no longer "gifted".
I could feel the absense of praise
and glory and grandeur in by bones.
did not notice this.
I became enamored with fiction and fantasy,
art and liberal sciences and nature
all came alive to me.
I loved fairies and earthkin,
fae and goddesses unlike monotheistic patriarchs.
I wanted to live in the creviced of great mountains
painting and gardening while I sang at the top of my lungs
and cared for animals and lived with like minds
all discussing world issues
while bringing peace and pacifism
to a volatile world.
No one noticed I had fallen out of love with a system
that took the flexible minds of today, tomorrow, and yesteryear
and dipped them in the liquid nitrogen of a system.
And if they didn't freeze still they were broken,
splintered and shattered,
convinced they would never succeed
because a one-size-fits-all plan
didn't fit them.
And if you didn't fit at first,
did they try to make you.
The American education system is like
a meat processing plant.
They take students and force them
through a grinder so that they all
fit the sausage skin,
prepackaged and never varying,
the same chain-link sausage you can by from Tennesee
still the same.
And if you were different,
a kink in that chain,
you were tossed.
"No Child Left Behind"
not even if they can't read
or do basic math
or basic scientific understanding.
Don't let their summer fruit egos bruise
raised in that packing plant system
Why, that I, a parent
am raising a defect?
why aren't you helping them
TO HELL WITH NORMAL.
If I had known about Unscholing
when I was confused and frustrated
by a system that has not worked for me in six years
I would have dropped my bags at the door of a new
and open life.
I would have read the library inside and out
when reading was alight like a passionate fire in my soul.
I would have sat under a tree atop a cemetery hil and wondered
how many of the great minds
six feet under,
long since dust and bone,
educated themselves to success?
Because they didn't have shit like truency.
They didn't have bullshit like standards for quality.
Einstein didn't have a standard.
Great minds and scientists
all of them
dropped out of the fucked up system
"Everything I could ever need is right here."
The best part?
That's even more true today.
Colleges offer free classes,
resources abound in the digital age,
colleges and Ivy Leagues are now just titles
at the end of your name.
MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN NAME.
Do not pay $100,000 for an education
that you can get
or better yet
by just being naturally curious.
There is a boarding school in England
where kids are not required to go to class.
They are allowed to play all day and night if they so choose.
Because kids have a natural hunger for knowledge.
For the first few days they play and run around in the sunshine and
but after a while the sun refracting off the window piques their interest.
Color theory is curiosity informed.
Children wonder how fast you'd have to start running to vault the pole and yourself
without ever having physics forced down their throats.
We kill that natural hunger
by forcing people to eat the food of fodder.
Artists' souls wither with tasks.
It's the passionate waves of emotion,
musical inspiration that creates greatness personified.
And it's this wild and natural,
and yet so very strange
notion of education
that I full intend to follow.
Because high school cannot teach you
how to love and live,
save and savor.
only life's experience can provide that.