March 24, 2016

“I’ve learned more from my boss than I ever did from teachers” -- A young conservative's case for Canadian education reform

Corey HolmesRebel Blogger

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.


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commented 2016-03-29 11:57:25 -0400
Schools these days are just little cults. They will train their followers into believing their myths and not to think out-of-the-box. This is why liberalism is on the rise and will continue to do so in the future. The moment you break out of the box and question their beliefs, they will call in the thought police and charge you with a hate crime. I’m so very fortunate that I was educated in the time I was.
commented 2016-03-28 13:12:02 -0400
Human rights Soviet panel derrière deep in degradation of dumbing down children, like education most expensive with one of lowest ratings in world! Mission accomplished!
commented 2016-03-27 20:26:29 -0400
The leftists will not put up with all schools becoming private, even if they did not cost a dime. Even now, leftists are against the existence of charter schools.

Here is another idea. Make sure all teachers have enough actual employment experience in the real world, before being able to apply as a student in the faculty of education. I found that too many teachers and professors are way too isolated from the real world. This made them incapable of helping students adjust to a work environment, and teachers just doubling down on their academics.

Furthermore, teachers have this belief that they are what success looks like. This makes them think they can make students, and determine who will and will not make something of themselves later in life.
commented 2016-03-27 17:04:08 -0400
" ….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."

That is it in a nutshell, Corey Holmes. Aside from the indoctrination from ‘ideologues’ and ‘union trash’ kids end up with arrested development. Immature little snots incapable of blowing their own noses.
The public school system is broken. It has been broken for a long time. I didn’t send my kids then and I wouldn’t now.
commented 2016-03-27 13:45:54 -0400
I really think schools should be trying to help kids find out what they want to do in life and then start working towards helping them acquire those skills. In my high school apparently there was one day when people filled out cards and sent them in so I was told when I got back from being sick that day. Many of the classes seemed irrelevant and in one geography class we pretty much played euchre most days. A friend of mine told he he had a similar experience i the school he attended where they played cosmo hockey daily and in another class he told me this other amusing/not amusing antidote. He said the students came in and the teacher sat there with his head on the desk and after about 5 minutes someone asked if he was OK. He said the teacher looked up and told them " look I don’t want any problems" just tell me now what mark you think you deserve". My friend of course said he felt he deserved an A+ . I think if the parents realized what was going on they would have been annoyed.
commented 2016-03-26 03:07:19 -0400
Looking back, the biggest waste of time in school was the endless and mindless literature analysis. Or as the school called it, CAE. Critical analysis evaluation. My high school knew the students hated reading, and would often just use Coles notes instead. In response, the entire literature portion of the language arts program was designed with one goal. To make sure the kids would read the books and not just use coles notes. Their solution? Having lots of quotes test. The questions on the test would have a quote from a book, and we had to do three things with it in our answer. Identify the character, the context, and the significance of it.

My other gripe with the language arts department and literature, was the fixation on metaphors. When it comes to metaphors and symbols, these are ultimately things that are not objective, and can be interpreted at the will of the reader. My teacher was incompetent, and interpreted some of the metaphors in the most asinine ways possible, and we the students had to pass off his drivel as the truth on the tests. The teacher was also so enthusiastic about the metaphors, as they were supposed to contain nuggets of wisdom to make us smarter.

My solution to all this? Teach life lessons, as opposed to having students look for the life lessons in metaphors in novels. Scrap the novels.

On a system level, have grade schools end around grade nine. Anything after this is useless unless the student wants to pursue post secondary. Maybe start university at a younger age.

At the end of the day, is somebody with a high school diploma all that more qualified than a drop out?
commented 2016-03-25 00:27:20 -0400
I learned the three R’s in a one room school house.

I never finished high school.

I joined the military and became a pilot (no degree needed in those days).

At the age of 25 I was flying the deHavilland Buffalo in the high arctic and far off the west coast as a Search and Rescue pilot – leading some pretty high risk rescues – and the bravest men I knew were jumping out of my airplane to save lives on the ground or in the water.

All in a days work for us.


I would not even consider lending my old pickup truck to a modern day 25 year old – most are too immature and need trigger warnings and safe spaces.

I have nothing but disgust for the modern day “educator” who does not deserve even that title.

Teacher? Make me laugh.

Professor? Too damned funny – most need a real hard kick between the legs – women included. The remainder are not worth spit.

Semi-educated and unionized scum for the most part. Are there exceptions? Of course but they are indeed the exception and rare ones at that.

My kids got their education at the kitchen table and are all far better off today for it.
commented 2016-03-24 23:30:14 -0400
Learn about the history of progressive education (John Dewey, frankfurt school etc)

Classical education is the solution!