Our Education System Got An F

Education is believed to be the liberation of the mind, but is it anymore? Or was it ever? We are constantly fed with these age-old preconceived notions about education from society. And sometimes directly from the people who are meant to be educating us, almost creating a moral paradox! They tell us that school will enrich our creativity. They tell us how the intrinsic, natural creativity of the human mind is a speckles’ worth in contrast to the mind that has endured years of methodological indoctrination and testing. But are these notions valid? Or are we (they) confusing one thing for another? What are the drivers of education? How is it intertwined with the prevailing cultural and economical scene? These are some of the pressing questions that surfaces when one fundamentally re-examines the very concept of education that much of civilization has held on to dearly for decades, if not centuries. After years of school and college, it’s about time for us to step away from the tradition of receiving grades to being the ones to grade our education system.

Like every other endeavor of human civilization, education is one that has had its movements and reforms. From the early attempts at systematic indoctrination in religious and philosophical schools to the modern system consisting of graduated learning levels from elementary to graduate school, there are unmistakable commonalities to the keen eyes. From the times of the ancient Greek civilization, the Platonic academy and the two men, Socrates and Aristotle who surrounded his legacy to the Huehuetlatolli of the Aztecs to the madrasas of the Islamic world to the Vedic teachings of Indus Valley civilization – the earliest attempts of systematic indoctrination were based on the moral code essential to the functioning of early society. Their teachings were subjective to each civilization and time period, and very further subjective to the teacher or master leading the congregation. Education was simply restricted geographically and lost its relevance with the natural progression of civilization and the spread of ideas. Perhaps one of the most notable cultural exchange of the early days happened with the Silk Route, in a time when education was still in its infancy.

philosophy came to be the grand unifying force for many culturally-divested schools of education

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Who Are The Alternative Groups?

Before you judge this post for being some rightist propaganda, let me point out that I am a progressive whose personal ideologies sufficiently leans toward the liberal. As a member of the liberal ideology, I understand the importance of being politically correct – expressing ourselves with respect to the notion of what is right – of which is established as something that least offends the majority in a political system – like say a democratic institution like the United States. But as of late, I have been noticing a spike in debates on political correctness, it feels like they were reinstated by the 2016 election campaigns and the very election of the 45th president.

radicals emerge from their past insecurities about something they hold dear

Those of you following me on Facebook don’t need a briefing on my ideological stance when talking matters of scientific origin where unlike expressing myself in a non-formal, casual setting among friends or family or acquaintances where my liberal tendencies are predominantly visible, a more academic or scientific or philosophical debate that requires the apex of my intellectual faculties and the lesser of my emotional causes the liberal in me to all but completely fade away – like say debating the ethical conundrum of self-driving cars killing a handful of careless pedestrians or a lone occupant in the car or equal pay for both sexes and other hard topics.

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What’s Up With Religious Folk?

While I hold religious people with good regard, I am forced to object to some things they do that don’t seem fit in the new world. For those of you who don’t know, I am a free-thinking agnostic atheist – I keep an open mind to a the opinionated gnostics, not readily challenging their faith or allegiance to a deity but also hold dear to my belief that god cannot exist deducing from evidence but also willing to a change of heart if proven otherwise. My reference to the religious folk should refer to the gnostic theists – those who believe a god exists (dictated by their faith as to who that god exactly is) and refute the notion that god can only exists if there is evidence. Now that I have moved any ambiguity out of the way let’s dive head-first into our discussion of what’s up with religious folk, really.

I’d recently come across a video on the internet about a certain religion which I will not name here for reasons about being a way of life. The video claimed this religion had its roots in all ways of lives, and boldly claimed even atheism was tolerated and moreover had a place in their religion. The video ended saying said religion was a way of life and more than just being a religion. Continue reading

Exploiting Human Nature: Business

Quick and short one. I was just wondering how people so often get away with exploiting us. The human psychology is one gullible piece of cake, people including you and me often fall prey to the dings on our phone, the tunes of some low-key DJ we’ve never before heard, or horror movies. That’s because we like to do the things that make us happy, and the people who market them to us in turn like the money. It’s mutual benefit, and that’s why we trade in the market. But this is going to be no lesson on trade. Continue reading

Fourth Tangent

Four nasty tangents and here we are, you and me – we aren’t normal. So, I believe I was talking good sleep. I cannot speak for everybody when it comes to a bodily function such as sleep. It is one that is heavily dependent on the person’s lifestyle. I will however, talk about how I manage to get some happy, sound and satisfying sleep. Continue reading

Sexism: A Two-Way Street That Can Sometimes Be ‘Seen’ Acceptable

Okay, such is a topic I’d hardly take up to discuss because of a couple reasons. One, I am not in the humanities and two, I just don’t have much time around people, in other words, I’m not a ‘people’ person. Tackling issues on such fronts usually present a challenge to me making me pretty evasive of them.

How does sexism present itself in society? Most people are used to vaguely generalizing that sexism is discrimination against women on their liberties/rights/equalities, but we must realize sexism can work either way i.e., it’s a two-way street. Let me try and define sexism with strict logic; Discrimination based on the grounds of sex. The keyword is ‘discrimination’, and it can mean anything. It doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, privileges are also a form of discrimination. Continue reading

Quirks of Being Intelligent

Intelligent people are often very unique. Their uniqueness stems likely from their principles and motives which in turn stem from  their past experiences – whether pleasant or unpleasant. Moreover, they become unique because they can’t naturally exhibit or emulate the typical behavior of the average person.

Good at humor or interpreting humor:

I just read somewhere that humor is an elementary cognitive function. Developing and interpreting humor requires a good level of cognitive ability. Someone with a high level of cognition may even laugh at something which apparently wouldn’t be funny just because that individual is capable of relating what he’s perceiving with something he knows. This relationship the individual builds in the mind results in humor. You may relate to a bottle of wine with an incident of your friend throwing up drunk.

Anxiety or some mental disorder:

Anxiety is a good indicator of intelligence. Yep! Thank your anxiety because this ‘fear of the future’ comes off your ability to process current events and come up with a plausible extrapolation of what could happen next. This could also be a by-product of overthinking which again involves developing possible explanations (hypothesizing) based on known information or assumptions. People with a low level of anxiety when tasked with something new likely lack intelligence but hey – I’m not throwing off theories! This is my opinion of how anxiety may be correlated with intelligence. Mania can also be another mental disorder associated with intelligence. This ability of a person to rapidly process stimulus and thoughts may backfire when not desired leading to this condition.


I personally get very irritated by petty things when I’m already frustrated. The trend from there is exponential – much like a runaway! I get annoyed by the wind and also believe me – cursed the weather for being ‘drunk AF’. I personally believe that the tendency to become easily irritated by some external stimuli or thought indicates the extent to which a person expects structure or order. The reason why one expects structure in the world around them would come down to how a person’s brain is wired – such as a brain wired for performing the scientific method (a systematic approach of doing science). This brain would crave logic and consistency with it’s thoughts (assumptions) and any anomaly in it’s word may be deemed as annoying. A gust of wind from an odd direction may be annoying as it wasn’t expected and ruined the brain’s expectation of how it (wind) should ideally behave.

Verbal intelligence:

This is purely my personal opinion. I believe verbal intelligence such as the ability to use appropriate vocabulary, synonyms interchangeably or appropriately, implementing parallelism in sentences may be correlated with intelligence. Furthermore, processing words (talking or writing) at a high rate could also sum all of our above ideas. I say this because processing words as a whole requires you to rapidly look up vocab from your memory, process simultaneous streams of information and retain them so you can go back and re-think them.


Lastly, I blame spontaneity for my inability to concentrate. I believe this to be a by-product of the ability of the individual to process information rapidly – allowing them to come up with the most fascinating of ideas in the most random of situations. These situations sometimes may deem that idea or activity inappropriate making the individual crave for it. This leads to distractions as the mind actively anticipates when it possibly may get to perform it.


When the brain is capable of optimizing something it wants to do in the near future in a way it allows for it to be performed in a shorter time – the brain comfortably procrastinates. Also, laziness may be the result of one’s personality. Some traits may include appreciation of what’s around them (because they know so much about them) and a lack of urgency about performing the anticipated activity (because they know how to optimize it and make it more rewarding when it’s performed i.e., find shortcuts).

There are lots of other personality traits and quirks in smart people but these are the best that would come to my mind.