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                         The toxic schooling system

                              - Introduction -
                  - What is the justification for school? -
                - Everything we learn in school is useless -
                - School is designed to waste a lot of time -
            - You will forget everything you learned in school -
                      - School blocks real education -
                        - The grading system sucks -
             - Exceptional students get consumed by the grind -
                      - Teachers suffer just as much -
                     - School is not required for jobs -
                    - Work is a lot better than school -
                 - School conditions kids to accept spying -
                  - School injects poison into kids' arms -
                             - School uniforms -
             - Theft of autonomy / restructuring of psychology -
                - School is a breeding ground for bullying -
                    - What is the real point of school? -
                - "But kids need school for socialization!" -
            - "But not sending your kid to school is illegal!" -
         - Other criticisms of the schooling system miss the point -


   I wake up at 7 and eat a hastily prepared breakfast. I dress up in my
   white button shirt and red tie, and leave. I enter the building, wait
   until the bell rings, and enter the classroom. For the next 45 minutes
   I will sit silently down at my designated spot (possibly near someone I
   hate) to write down things I don't care about. Finally, I am graciously
   allowed to leave for the 5-15 minute break. I enter a small corridor,
   with hundreds of other screaming people, running around. Out of the
   corner of my eye, I spot a CCTV camera, watching my every move.

   The bell rings again, and I find myself back in the classroom. The
   story repeats 6 to 8 times that day. Finally, I can go back home. I
   turn on my computer to play some games. But then, it dawns on me that I
   still have homework to do. Another two hours gone. Need to pack up my
   belongings for tomorrow. Maybe I still have some time for a round of
   Fortnite. Or I will just go to sleep, as I'm fucking tired. After all,
   I must be rested for the test tomorrow. A test where I will have to
   answer questions about things I don't care about. Okay, I've got a
   decent grade. At last, I can forget it all. After all, I need space in
   my brain for the next wave of trash.

   Sounds like hell? Well, this is the reality for over a billion children
   on this Earth: Population by age, 2020

   About one billion between ages 5-14 (school age). Add the 15 and 16
   year olds and you get a few hundred million more. Most of them will go
   to school:
   Amount of children out of school

   Worldwide, about 4% of school age kids will fail to finish (primary and
   secondary) school. For "Europe and Central Asia", the amount is very
   close to zero. You could say we have a pandemic of the school virus. So
   let's explore the harms of this virus:

  What is the justification for school?

   We will let the government itself (archive) explain it:

     We all have a responsibility to educate the next generation of
     informed citizens, introducing them to the best that has been
     thought and said, and instilling in them a love of knowledge and
     culture for their own sake. But education is also about the
     practical business of ensuring that young people receive the
     preparation they need to secure a good job and a fulfilling career,
     and have the resilience and moral character to overcome challenges
     and succeed.

   I'm guessing this will be the most important paragraph, so I'll focus
   on it. Does school introduce students to "the best that has been
   thought and said"? I don't recall learning about Ray Peat ^_^. But
   anyway, this isn't justified - the students will forget most of it
   since the schooling system is not designed with long term memorization
   in mind. Does it instill in them "a love of knowledge and culture for
   their own sake"? No way - how can you "love knowledge" when you are
   forced to sit in a chair for 7 hours a day, writing down things you
   don't care about? School, in fact, does exactly the opposite of what it
   allegedly aims at. How about the "good job and fulfilling career"? Most
   jobs don't need any education at all, and the majority of people will
   end up working in those (as butchers, cleaners, etc) since they are the
   most available ones. For the rest, you will have to learn the skills on
   your own - and school inhibits that - or go to a special school later,
   anyway. And hell - even if this was true - have the school shills
   considered that maybe people don't want to "fulfill" themselves with
   jobs, but just earn enough money to live so they can then do what they
   want? The last stated justification is "and have the resilience and
   moral character to overcome challenges and succeed". Don't mock me -
   the only resilence you learn is in enduring school abuse - but you
   might just as well be psychologically destroyed by it. There is
   certainly nothing positive going on there. As we can see, the four
   pillars of justification for the educational system have fallen. What
   does school really accomplish, then?

  Everything we learn in school is useless

   This should be obvious. Let's look at the specifics:
     * Your native language - The only things that are essential for daily
       life are reading, speaking and writing - which you would have
       learned on your own, anyway. Deconstructing sentences isn't really
       useful; proficiency in practical language comes naturally to people
       without them even knowing the names of the sentence parts. Neither
       is analyzing poems written by long dead people which you will
       surely never take advantage of after school.
     * English language (if you live in a non-English speaking country) -
       This could be the one thing to justify school, since it is actually
       useful. But again, it mostly teaches things that don't have to do
       much with reading, writing or speaking. We don't need to know all
       the stuff about sentence structure to use the language properly (I
       surely don't). Either way, you could give the kid a video game (or,
       heck, send him to a chatroom that uses English) for a month and
       he'd learn more than in a year of school. Personally, I learned
       only a little bit of English in school, and I became fluent in a
       few months by playing online games and chatting with the people
     * Other foreign languages - I have not used the German language that
       I've been taught in school even once after graduating, and forgot
       it all. The reality is that a person needs only two languages for
       their entire life - English and their native. That is unless they
       decide to move somewhere else as adults - but even then, what's the
       chance school is going to hit just the language of the country
       they're going to move to?
     * Biology - Most of it is useless aside from health biology, which
       school of course skips completely. Does a kid need to know the
       taxonomic classification of animals or the layers of a forest?
     * Physical education - Kids would do their own activity if you just
       left them the hell alone. And it would be more fun for them, too,
       since it could include things like climbing trees.
     * Mathematics - In real life you only really need the basic addition,
       substraction, multiplication and division. Maybe percentages. All
       of this could be taught by parents. Fluff like calculating the
       areas of geometric figures is never really used beyond school.
     * Chemistry - Remember all the chemical equations you were solving
       back in the day? Have you repeated that even once after finishing
     * Physics - The human mind has physics naturally built-in - this is
       how a kid can throw a rock accurately, or just position itself into
       the world (even simple animals or bugs do this). Extremely
       complicated physics are involved in sports, which many kids play
       effortlessly with zero knowledge of forces, etc. You do not need to
       add numbers to it if your mind automatically does what's needed.
     * Information technology - Sure, civilization depends on it now.
       That's why every kid has a PC or (ugh) a smartphone in their home
       and will learn to use them even before going to school. Old people
       do just fine in daily lives while only knowing how to visit
       websites and perhaps send emails. However, this subject could, in
       fact, be a useful skill and not just knowledge - if you taught the
       kids to make websites and repair their computers (something that is
       a lot easier to learn with someone else). But, that usually isn't
       done and would not require more than 1 year of school, anyway. Even
       if you assume this is useful, it's certainly not something everyone
       needs, and shouldn't be forced.

   To be honest, I had a serious problem filling this section. I knew the
   conclusion is right, but justifying it has proven to be more difficult
   than I thought. During every school subject you learn lots and lots of
   things, and it's hard to pick just one or two examples to represent the
   uselessness of that subject. Besides, I forgot it all so I had to dig
   deep into my mind to even remember what was being learned (which in
   itself is evidence in my favor). If I wanted to cover every single
   thing that was taught during a certain subject, I'd have to write pages
   upon pages - and again, I don't remember. So I just picked a few
   examples to illustrate the principle. Ask yourself: if the school
   subjects are not taught for usability purposes, then for what?

  School is designed to waste a lot of time

   In Poland, primary and secondary lasts 9 years (until recently this
   used to be 10); 6-8 of school hours per day plus the commute, five
   times per week. Adding homework and other preparation (like for tests)
   on top of that means the formative years of a person are almost
   entirely focused on school. This all directly follows from the above;
   the only way to justify such long duration of schooling is by shoving a
   lot of useless things into the curriculum. Now let's generously assume
   10% of the knowledge learned in school is useful; limiting education to
   that means you end up with 3-4 school hours per week, plus let's say
   2-3 more hours for homework and tests. Suddenly, school becomes just
   one of the chores you have to get done - barely a blip in your
   timeline, instead of your entire life. You get 5-6 days a week fully
   free, and can actually plan out your life instead of having it designed
   from above.

   This cannot be allowed to happen because the elites want you to be a
   domesticated doggie instead of a free human. And you cannot accomplish
   that with just a few hours of obedience training that would then be
   undone by the kid during the rest of the week. Even if you give the
   school shills the benefit of doubt and assume 100% of the stuff learned
   there is useful, it could all be learned in one year, instead of
   repeating and forgetting the same things over and over for the whole
   duration of schooling. The fact that this happens unfortunately leaves
   obedience training as the only explanation for the gigantic amount of
   lost time, that makes any sense.

  You will forget everything you learned in school

   This happens for 3 reasons:
     * Everything we learn in school is useless
     * Interest plays no part in what you learn
     * There is simply too much stuff in the curriculum

   As far as I'm concerned, the brain keeps information around for only
   two reasons. The first is that it's being consistently used for a real
   life task. So, a programmer might know all the function names of his
   language if his job or project depends on it. But the knowledge needs
   to be reinforced every so often; after a few months or years of not
   using the language, the programmer will likely need a refresher (though
   the general proficiency in programming will - of course - remain).
   Since none of the knowledge you learn in school is being regularly used
   outside of it, the brain will see no point in keeping that stuff around
   and will trash it after the tests are over.

   The other reason information would be kept is that there's an emotional
   reaction associated with it. Maybe you remember the lyrics of a song
   that helped lift you up during tough times, or which you kept hearing
   during fun events you experienced as a youth (advertisers sometimes
   repurpose popular melodies with their own lyrics overlaid onto them,
   why do you think that is?). Nostalgia definitely fits in here too;
   there was a even a meme about someone remembering all the Pokemon even
   when they last played the games 15 years ago or so. The brain might
   keep something around if it perceives it as morally important; or maybe
   traumatic. Perhaps you've absorbed a topic as part of your identity; I
   feel this explains how someone like Ray Peat seemingly knew everything
   that's happened in biology during the last 6 decades or so. Or maybe
   you were simply fascinated by something.

   None of that - of course - applies to anything learned in school, where
   the knowledge is presented in the most boring way possible. When
   there's no "doing" or "feeling" associated with it, the brain won't
   bother carrying the additional baggage. But the situation is even worse
   than it seems. Because even if you found something useful and / or
   interesting in the school curriculum, the brain might decide to trash
   it anyway as it's already been overburdened by endless hours of having
   stuff shoved in. School is like a trance, an existence entirely
   concerned with sitting and writing things down. No wonder the brain
   decides to tune out and forget even the fun things.

  School blocks real education

   School convinces you that education means sitting, writing down,
   answering questions on a test and forgetting. This is what's being
   engraved into your brain's circuits through 10 or more years of
   schooling. And with that conviction, why would anyone want to learn
   anything? It seems that school is designed to cause exactly this
   attitude towards learning. Even if a child survives the grind with his
   youthful curiosity still intact, they can begin actually learning
   skills only at age 16 (if they skip high school) or later. Regardless
   of this, education is impossible during the school ages, as there is
   just no time. At best you come back home at 14 or 15, and have to make
   your food, then solve homework. And your brain is fried anyway, so you
   just want to rest or play. Imagine if kids could instead learn what
   they are interested in without being distracted by things they don't
   care about. Without associating education with boredom or hurt. Every
   so often you hear about kids that taught themselves programming or
   drawing at young ages. But this is despite - not because of -
   schooling. These are the few that have had enough resilence to still
   retain their natural excitement about learning. And they did it in an
   entirely self-directed way - at the time and pace of their choosing,
   finding their own materials, asking questions, creating their own paths
   through failure and eventual success. If school didn't exist, there
   would be a lot more of such people.

  The grading system sucks

   You will be tested on all the things you've learned from the various
   subjects. Some of those tests can be announced (so you can prepare),
   others can happen at any time - so you're always under pressure. Then,
   a number is assigned according to the performance you gave on your
   test. The system rewards high number, instead of any kind of useful
   skills. And you can get that high number through e.g cheating or
   bribes. If you get enough high numbers on tests, you are able to get
   the best grade overall in a certain subject. If you do that with enough
   subjects, you can apply to a better high school once you leave
   secondary. But, this requires a several year long constant grind of
   learning and solving tests (on things you mostly didn't care about). If
   you thought just going to school wastes a lot of time, try preparing
   for all the tests, if you want to be a good student. All that so you
   can repeat the process in high school (unless you go to a trade school
   or nowhere). And all that so you can later get a job where you won't
   use any of that knowledge anyway. Doesn't the whole thing just seem

  Exceptional students get consumed by the grind

   If someone is great at programming, writing, drawing, or sports - they
   will still have to bother with all the stuff they don't care about.
   They still have to deal with screaming teachers and other fluff. In
   most cases they will lose motivation and their exceptional talents will
   go to waste. At best they will waste time on useless things until they
   are able to cultivate their talents. On their own, because school does
   not provide opportunity to do so (it's not in the program). This will
   necessarily sacrifice their grades (see above section) but will produce
   better results overall in terms of satisfaction and later opportunity.
   How cool would it be, if school picked out the talented kids and
   directed their development towards their talents? No, got to bring
   everyone down to the same level of "general knowledge" and
   demotivation. As stated before, only the truly determined kids can
   survive the grind and still retain their excitement for learning.

  Teachers suffer just as much

   So don't blame them. Please realize that - for all the time the student
   is in school - the teacher has to be, as well. And they have to control
   30 screaming kids at a time, for 8 or so hours a day, every day. This
   is very stressful and I've seen teachers have literal breakdowns. The
   teacher will have to compete for the attention of the student that is
   already bogged down with 10 other subjects they don't care about. And
   what they are supposed to "teach" is carefully controlled. They have to
   review the stupid tests, etc. So a teacher might be excited about a
   subject, but will still be consumed by the grind - same as the student.
   With this in mind, we see that the teacher's situation is even worse
   than the student's. At least the student has to focus only on writing
   things down - the teacher must take care of a bunch of children who
   want to be anywhere but in school. Now imagine that the student is able
   to choose their subjects. And that the teacher can do whatever they
   want during the lessons, instead of following some "program". Since the
   things taught in school are not required for life, it only makes sense
   to base teaching on interest (both for the student and the teacher).
   This would also increase information retention, if the students learned
   only what they care about. And would decrease the stress levels of the
   teachers since the kids would not feel like caged animals forced to
   perform tricks. The current system is so insane, I can barely believe
   I'm not in some nightmare.

  School is not required for jobs

   I will surely hear (and have a lot in real life) some people say that
   kids must go to school because otherwise, they won't be able to get a
   job later in life. First of all, that's not exactly true - teenagers
   have been doing jobs forever without finishing education, even during
   their vacations or weekends etc. But even with that assumption, it's
   only because it's been arbitrarily decided that you need to finish
   school to be graciously allowed to work. The "knowledge" you've gained
   (and forgot) during your school years is not actually used at the
   workplace. They will either teach you at your job if it's simple, or
   you'll need to go to a special school anyway if it's complex. Primary
   and secondary school, or even general high school, is only relevant as
   much as it allows you to enter the higher schools (this is also
   arbitrary). And the majority of people are doing those "simple" jobs,
   so education literally never comes into play. Someone like a barber
   needs only a short barber course to be able to do his job properly.
   Again, the education requirement is just arbitrarily set up by
   governments. The right response is to take it down instead of sending
   kids to a 10 (or more) year long prison because of it. You could also
   bypass the school requirement by being a self-taught artist /
   programmer / writer etc. and accepting donations or doing commissions.
   Of course, in the end, I think the job system is outdated (or maybe
   it's never been good) and will die soon regardless, but for now, it
   needs to be reformed as to not require finishing school.

  Work is a lot better than school

   I've had people tell me that "work is school for adults" or such
   things. There are actually very little similarities, though. The
   biggest one is that you "have to" go to both, but even that evaporates
   when you have money saved up and can stop working at any moment for at
   least a while (a kid cannot leave school for the whole duration of his
   education aside from 2 months per year vacations). You can choose your
   job - a kid cannot choose his school and they're pretty much all the
   same anyway (talking about primary and secondary here). The vast
   majority of jobs are way less restrictive than school. You can usually
   walk and speak. For many jobs you can at least partially control your
   work environment, and have an opportunity to rest - in school, you just
   write and write and write. In most jobs you also don't have the boss
   watching you over at all times, so there is not the aspect of
   behavioral control that the teacher provides. Nursing - for example -
   allows significant freedom of movement, resting opportunity, task
   variety, has good pay and you actually feel like you are accomplishing
   something. But even for the extremely restrictive jobs - you at least
   get fucking paid; a kid never earns anything for his torture. Don't get
   me wrong - jobs suck - but compared to school, they are not even in the
   same league of suckness.

  School conditions kids to accept spying

   This wasn't always the case (only because of the lack of availability
   of the tech), but now should be obvious. CCTV are all over the place,
   as well as RFID tracking of students' locations (archive), facial
   recognition (archive), and transparent backpacks (archive). With these
   kinds of things normalized, how likely are those kids to resist the
   technological slavery system when they are already adults? I say, very
   little chance. And it seems that schools are the introductory places
   for new spy tech. The same one that will later be implemented
   everywhere else. At least, that's where they've put CCTV here first.
   UPDATE August 2022: by the way, a United States resident just told me

     The students all use an extra-locked-down version of Chrome OS on
     their school computers. It monitors everything they type, what they
     click, all network traffic, etc. It's all sent to Google, who do
     things like check to see if they're threatening suicide, saying
     naughty words, etc, and automatically reports it to their teachers.

  School injects poison into kids' arms

   Yes, I am talking about vaccines. It's been long shown they are
   potentially toxic (watch the movie Vaxxed II) and don't even work
   (archive) for preventing the diseases they're given against. And yet,
   they are required to attend school. Vaccination campaigns teach your
   kid that their body is property of the government and the
   pharmaceutical industry, which will now decide the kinds of substances
   that go into it. I don't know about others, but it was traumatizing for
   me to have unknown stuff injected into my muscles, for no stated reason
   and without consideration for my feelings or concerns. At least they
   are not (yet) enforcing COVID vaccines, which are 12 times more likely
   to get a side effect than all other vaccines combined - and the
   severity is also worse. But stupid parents can still decide to give
   them on their own, and will surely be pressured to do so. And as with
   the spying, how likely it is that those force-vaxxed kids will resist
   mandates when they are adults?

  School uniforms

   Let's check out some justifications for the school uniforms. Flying
   over to the United Arab Emirates (archive) , we find:

     The unified appearance aims to provide a sense of equality and
     justice amongst all pupils, regardless of backgrounds or social
     status and to manifest the UAE's national and cultural identity.

   Is your whole cultural and national identity reduced to white shirt and
   black trousers? Weak. As for the other justifications - you can't
   disappear poverty by equalizing clothes; only give the illusion of
   doing so. But even that doesn't work as the richer kids will bring
   their expensive smartphones, jewelry, travel by car, etc. So the poor
   kids will still feel worse than the rich ones but will also lose the
   benefit of wearing the clothes they like, even if they are cheap ones.
   Therefore we see that the policy of school uniforms not only does not
   accomplish what it sets out to (presumably, making the poor kids feel
   better about their poverty) but even makes the situation worse. School
   uniforms are just a bandage above the actual problems - the poverty and
   the capitalist notions of worth; and the bandage doesn't even stick. Of
   course, not every school has such things and they might not be enforced
   in the same way. But they can get pretty heavy, as well; this US school
   (archive) pretty much defines the whole look of your kid:

     Belts:First, second, and third grade students must wear belts with
     shirts tucked inside pants, shorts, and skirts.Pre-K and
     Kindergarten students may wear elastic waist paints.

   So, you must wear a freaking belt. I've never done so in my life, they
   are pointless and uncomfortable. I don't see any justification (even a
   stupid one) for their enforcement, either.

     Boy's Hair:Hair must be clean and well groomed.Prohibited items
     include bandannas, hair wraps/scarfs, large headbands, extremes in
     hairstyles (discretion of administration), unnatural human hair
     colors, lines, letters, or designs shaved in the head.Hair arranged
     in a manner detrimental to the performance of normal educational
     activities will be prohibited.Hair must be kept out of the eyes.

     Girl's Hair:Prohibited items include bandannas, hair rollers, hair
     wraps/scarfs, large headbands, extreme hairstyles (discretion of
     administration), unnatural human hair colors, lines, letters, or
     designs, shaved in the head.Hair arranged in a manner detrimental to
     the performance of normal educational activities will be prohibited.

     Not Allowed:Purses, tattoos, false or long nails, sunglasses,
     oversized clothing, hats, large or hazardous jewelry.

   You can't even tie your hair or grow your natural nails. There is zero
   point to this except destroying a kid's individuality and making him
   feel like a cog in the machine. The psychological damage will surely
   spill over into adulthood, as well.

  Theft of autonomy / restructuring of psychology

   Couldn't come up with a better way to call it, so let's run with this.
   Again, the kid is shoved into a classroom with 30 other kids they might
   not like. They have to sit in the same chair for years, five times a
   week, 7 hours per day. They cannot speak or stand up without permission
   - pretty much making it into a master-slave relationship, where the
   teacher is the master and the student - the slave. They are required to
   write things down (that they don't care about) for almost the entire
   duration of this process. Then, they have to deal with being randomly
   pulled by their teachers to the front of the class and being rated on
   the knowledge of the stuff they were writing down for the last weeks
   (be prepared, you little slave - you might be next for the chopping
   block of being screamed at and embarassed in front of the whole class).
   The student's wants, likes or dislikes, or individual dispositions do
   not come into play at all, here. They cannot ever participate in
   controlling any part of this process. Natural behaviors like
   exploration or avoidance of tasks and people they don't want to deal
   with are erased from their brains. What are the effects of all this on
   the student's psychology?

   The feeling of being a separate person is buried altogether. They get
   taught that what they think, feel, or want does not matter at all. And
   if so, where does individuality come into play? Ha-ha. Nowhere, of
   course - except when it's thrown into the grave to rot. Repetition of
   the same pointless behaviors day after day, year after year creates
   learned helplessness and solidifies the student into a beautiful cog in
   the machine for the elites to exploit later with consumerism,
   propaganda, bullshit laws and political fights, etc. We treat our
   children worse than pets - how insane is that?! At least the pet can,
   like, walk around freely around the house and isn't (usually) forced to
   perform stupid tricks for hours per day, every day. When the pet is let
   out, they can usually run around and stuff. Not so with the student,
   where they will be promptly punished with a written note to the parents
   and / or a bad behavior grade if they step out of line. Don't you see
   what school is trying to do here? Why does any parent put up with this?

  School is a breeding ground for bullying

   What happens if you take a small (yes, a 5 year old is still small)
   child and break its beautiful innocent life in order to throw it into a
   cage for the rest of its youth? What happens when you force it to sit
   down in that cage and write down stuff it doesn't care about? What
   happens when you finally let it out onto a corridor to run around with
   300 other angry kids? Of course, it has to let out its anger somehow -
   and the easiest way is on the other kids. This can include following
   someone around, insults, spitting or beating up, or really anything
   else. Everyone knows how prevalent and harmful bullying is, so I won't
   cover that. But let's take a look at how the US government pretends to
   fight bullying (archive):

     Solutions to bullying are not simple. Bullying prevention approaches
     that show the most promise confront the problem from many angles.
     They involve the entire school community--students, families,
     administrators, teachers, and staff such as bus drivers, nurses,
     cafeteria and front office staff--in creating a culture of respect.
     Zero tolerance and expulsion are not effective approaches.

   "A culture of respect"? Is this some kind of satire that I've missed?
   How does school respect the child at all when its autonomy is
   completely taken away?

   Don't forget that the student is forced to meet up with its bullies
   every day during class. So, the kid has no way to use the simplest
   anti-bully strategy possible, which is to just avoid them. Contrary to
   the government's claims, the bullying solutions are indeed very simple.
   Just stop shoving the kids into the torture chamber known as school!
   Without the perfect bullying environment that the school provides, the
   issue's prevalence will be heavily reduced.

   But of course, this idea has not been taken into consideration by
   literally any government in the world. Why do you think that is? Maybe
   because no one really wants to stop bullying? Maybe the point is to
   teach the kids how they will be abused for the rest of their lives -
   because that is what will likely be happening. And decade-long bullying
   is a good way to get the plebs to accept their position in the herd.
   Imagine if the kids weren't thrown into the torture chamber early on,
   would they - then - accept the business frauds, media lies,
   politicians' corruption, etc so easily? I cannot believe that I'm the
   only person who realizes the obvious solution, so I will assume there
   is indeed a conspiracy at the highest levels of the government. A
   conspiracy to keep bullying around, because that is one of the major
   factors keeping the current system alive. The system which since
   childhood teaches you that the stronger - or more aggressive, or more
   evil, or more cunning - person wins. Which is exactly what happens in
   the world of media, business, and politics.

   In school, any kind of weakness (or just difference) will be ruthlessly
   exploited, which makes school a filter for anyone who does not fit the
   accepted societal standards (this might be your kid, thrown away like
   the apple that is not sweet or ripe enough, would you like that?). But,
   I think it's also important not to assume that the school bully would
   have necessarily been one if the catalyst of school was taken away. The
   whole school system is set up for abuse - it is not about a singular
   person doing a particular act. And so, to create a truly better world,
   schools have to disappear (or be turned into haunted houses, as in

What is the real point of school?

   Okay, this has been rotting here for way too long, so I want to get to
   the point. School is designed to make people tolerate abuse and not
   resist - "education" provides plausible deniability. This is why it's
   so important to prevent the kids from standing, talking, or making any
   of their own decisions. Because this is the kind of populace the elites
   want. The one that takes their vaccines, works their shitty jobs, votes
   for their abusive rulers - all without a squeak. And ten years of
   obedience training in school creates exactly such people. "Education"
   is an almost perfect excuse, since who doesn't want their kid to be
   "educated"? But when you dig deep into it, no real learning happens in
   school - so we have to seek explanation elsewhere. And obedience
   training provides the perfect one. Hey, remember the standing in line
   in pairs thing? What do you think that was for? We have literal
   military drills brainwashing our kids in schools, and no one gives a

  "But kids need school for socialization!"

   This is the dumbest reason for sending a kid to school, even dumber
   than "education" - yet it is commonly used. The kid is shoved in with
   30 other kids - that they might not like at all - in the same room; and
   they have to endure them every day for years. More than that, since you
   can't stand up or speak without permission during lessons, there is no
   opportunity for socialization at all, either way. The situation is even
   worse during breaks, where the kid is thrown into a corridor with 300
   other screaming kids, and has 10-15 minutes to...listen to screams or
   perhaps get beaten up by the angry kids that have finally been
   graciously let out of their cages. There is certainly no space, time,
   or opportunity to do anything there. Clearly letting the kids go
   outside and play around without restrictions is a lot better for
   "socialization". And what about the introverts? All this
   "socialization" is literal torture to them, but in the quest to find a
   justification for schooling, everyone has suddenly forgotten them.

  "But not sending your kid to school is illegal!"

   So what? If you care about your child, you absolutely must save it from
   the torture chamber known as school. Just as you would save it from the
   Germans that were coming to take it to a concentration camp. Find a
   way. Maybe don't register your kid after birth, or hide it at a distant
   family member's place when it reaches the school age. Or flee to
   somewhere where homeschooling (which still tries to replicate the
   school environment - just at home - so does not exactly fix the
   problem) is legal. But don't just bend over and sacrifice your child.
   And don't use stupid excuses to pretend that torturing your kid is
   somehow noble. This whole situation also proves that the legal system
   works against us. After all, for how many decades has forced schooling
   been in place? And yet, no politician has ever bothered to do anything
   about it. Neither does a citizen get even a chance to overturn this

  Other criticisms of the schooling system miss the point

   Critics of the schooling system have usually focused on the general
   dumbing down of education (archive) or the particulars of the
   curriculum, such as the teaching / non-teaching of modern evolutionary
   theory (archive) or foreign languages (archive) (this is very common in
   Europe, which often teaches two additional ones). These are - at best -
   side issues; all those critics are still fine with the general
   curriculum system, which is the actual problem. They are fine with all
   the disgusting things I've mentioned in the intro and other sections,
   as long as one of their favorite subjects is being taught the way they
   want to. It is like wanting your head cut off, as long as the scythe is
   of your favorite color.
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