Education for Bane or Benefit

Education for Bane or Benefit

There are three main parts of lessons that are taught by any system of education. Only one of which is intended, and tested. The other parts are important because they influence the economic harm, or the benefit ultimately produced by the intended lessons. Failing to recognize and study these unintended consequences of education, is as irresponsible as producing cars with no brakes, or airplanes with no landing gear.

Economically there is exactly a one-to-one relationship of people to habitat, one people, one habitat. Conflict between people damages the habitability of the environment they share. WIP (war, injustice, and poverty), as well as biological environmental damage are the unintended consequences of upsetting this balance. Education that is blind to economy is not educational. It is counter educational, learning how to stay stupid.

The three things shared in a classroom are the curriculum, the respect, and the response. Each person is an individual. No one will leave understanding the curriculum exactly as it was taught. Each person will ultimately apply it with their understanding, for the benefit of humanity, or the bane of humanity. How it will be applied, for benefit or bane, is influenced by how students are treated, and what they receive for a grade.

Grading creates sycophants. Bureaucracy loves sycophants, but sycophants tend not to treat people beneath them with respect. People who are not treated with respect are poorly compensated, and they angrily fight progress. Force tends to be the primary motivational strategy of sycophants. Eliminating WIP requires a system of education that doesn’t mass produce them.

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