The school system in Ontario creates young adults unfit for modern society. I speak from experience.
Everything that I learned in school past Grade 5 was almost utterly useless outside of a game of "Jeopardy."Why was I forced to learn about things that I could never reasonably apply to the real world?
I wish my parents could have spent their hard earned money on more important things than this school system, which I believe turned me into a lazier and more complacent person.
In high school I found out that even if I did less than half of the required work, I could still get onto the honour roll and be praised as an intelligent student. This was a big disservice to me. All that really separated me from other kids was that I tested well. I was like a sponge able to absorb and retain information as long as I had heard it and written it down.
So did I really deserve the high marks that I had received? I believe that I most certainly did not.
I did as I was told and went to university. Twice. (I wrote about that in my first post, "How I went from Liberal to Conservative in nine months".)
Although there are some good professors, most are just ideologues whose students go on to regurgitate their empty theories. As we see in Lauren Southern's video on the topic, and in the Ontario sex-ed curriculum, schools teach things that have no basis in fact, about "white privilege" and there being more than two sexes, for example.
On the other hand, I've learned more useful real life skills in the almost four years I have worked part time at my retail job than I ever did in school.
My current boss, who only has a partial college degree, is the general manager of our store. He is one of the smartest businessman that I've met. This man learned what he knows through his own experiences and he found that his passion was in networking and business.
This is how the youth of today ought to learn. They should get jobs, learn how to work hard and what it takes to operate a business. This man, in my eyes, is very successful and has achieved this with the skills he learned in the working world.
Do I have a solution? Nothing that the current Ontario government would call appropriate. Nothing less than the end of the school system as it exists now and replacing it with a free market for schools that can actually compete against one another for enrollment.
This would create an imperative to arm kids with skills useful in the ever changing job market of tomorrow.
What do you think? Comment with a solution you feel would help our next generation learn how to be better citizens.