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Major Joke: That kid makes up questions for himself, and even those he can’t solve

Major truth: He is truly awesome.

Or at least, so I believe. When Lockhart said,

In fact,  if  I  had  to  design  a mechanism  for  the  express purpose  of  destroying  a  child’s  natural curiosity and  love of  pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a  job as  is  currently being done.

I didn’t quite agree with him as the current system being that bad. After all, we had lost the thingie of using canes, and as the CBSE would like to believe as well, I thought we’ve come at least some way from where we’d started. When I heard my fellow classmates laughing at that joke (unfortunately, not at me), I realized we’ve come absolutely no way. For all the prefaces filled with curiosity and scientific nature, and the unanswered questions in the book, it is rare to find somebody who realizes that we need to learn to ask questions, rather than know answers. Every step  in the education system goes ahead to fill in this prejudice – it is wrong to not know answers, and absurd to ask questions without answers.

It is out duty to believe everything we are told is the gospel truth, juxtaposed with the fact that we don’t really care about it at all. Teachers bullshit us about how being educated is different from being literate. And the English teacher no less – somebody who chose to study language for maybe the reason that she had no idea what knowledge really was. We aren’t ever even hinted that there is something called being knowledgeable, which uncomparably superior to being educated. Being educated simply involves being a drone. Being knowledgeable, gives us some right to be human.

Similarly, there’s a joke which goes on the lines of, if the teacher asks you a question, you ask her the reason for asking – “Don’t you know the answer yourself?”

It remains as a joke, because any question discussed in any place like the school, is bound to have an answer, isn’t it? What would be the point of discussing some bizarre unsolved problem at all?

That’s why I hate exams. I feel sick that I actually used to practice all the questions from all possible reference books for Math way back in 9th. I actually believed it’ll be better if I knew the answers beforehand. Even I, effectively, treated Math like a subject worth rote memory (though not as terribly. Other wise I would’ve failed in it as badly as I did in Social Studies).

I hope I get freedom from this wonderful system of creating obedient robots called education, soon. Very soon. 🙁

  • Mathematicians are such a despondent lot… if it’s not an apology, it’s a lament…

    But seriously, amen. The full realization, though, comes only with integration. And then IIT questions. Which make you *think* about *integration*. Bit of a shocker the first time.

  • And I was anyways looking forward to that! o.O

  • Espera

    How do IIT questions make you think about integration? :O