Once you leave out all the bullshit they teach you in school, life gets really simple. ―George Carlin
[Human history] has been a continuing struggle against the veneration of “crap”.
—Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner
Just for the record, the weather today is calm and sunny, but the air is full of bullshit. —Chuck Palahniuk
School should teach you how to thrive.
Lists of names and dates don’t make for joyful living. Anxiety-filled socialization backfires. Pleasing grownups to get ahead can be useful, but it’s less rewarding than guidance counselors would have you think.
To live a fulfilling life, what you need to learn is crap detection, and school doesn’t teach it (though it gives you endless opportunities to practice).
What do I mean by crap detection? Seeing through the stories people tell you to the biases beneath and the truths they conceal. Knowing what’s what. Thinking for yourself.
The land of the free is fueled by convictions like think for yourself, speak your mind, and make changes as you see fit. Here we value equality, fairness, truth, and courage. But what do most schools teach you?
Teachers are grownups are right; students are children are wrong.
Don’t trust your judgement; others know better than you.
Sit still and stay quiet. (Gold star!)
You have no power.
Knowledge can be broken up into “subjects”.
There’s a right answer and a wrong answer.
If it’s important, it’s on the test.
Your worth is measured in grades. (Like meat!)
When the bell rings, stop whatever you’re doing.
You have no right to privacy.
You have no right to free speech.
You have no right to free expression. (You can’t wear that.)
And so on….
After more than a decade of this mind-numbing, soul-crushing nonsense, how can anyone begin to fulfill their unique potential? The answer is, they can’t.
Crap Detection Lesson One: don’t simply buy what your well-meaning teachers and administrators are selling. Nodding and smiling is a dead end. Skepticism will open doors you never knew were there.