If Knowledge is Power; We are Some Weak Ass Individuals.
Knowledge is Power
If Knowledge is Power; then we must conclude that we are some weak ass individuals. I am often left dumbfounded by the US education system in general due to the level of knowledge one needs to graduate High School. In my opinion it is extremely low when compared to the past. I recently came across a blog post by Martin Peretz on the website New Republic entitled “An 1895 8th Grade Final Exam: I couldn’t pass it. Could You?” Here are a few of the questions;
- Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
- Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
- Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
- What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
- Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.
- Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
- Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.
Say What! (If you would like the full list of questions, please click this link.) Keep in mind this was the standard test in a small town in Kansas in 1895 to complete the 8th grade! I’ve taken College Exams that were nowhere near this level and open book! Thank you Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, I wish I was kidding. Defiantly makes those Student Loans sting a little more.
Look at what we are taught!
It’s bad enough that our level of education has sunk so low but then, when you factor in the subjects we are taught it almost causes you to openly weep. I would venture a guess that every person that went to school in the United States has heard of Thomas Edison, however very few people know the name Nikola Telsa. Looking back at school I was never taught the name Telsa, yet without the works of Telsa we would be unable to function as we do.
While it’s slowly becoming semi common knowledge that Edison was in fact less the Inventor and more of the Social Media Guru of his day. Telsa on the other hand completely changed the way we live our lives. His inventions have become woven into every aspect of our daily lives. Alternating Current, X-rays, Radio, Remote control, Electric Motor and Wireless Communication are just a few of the amazing inventions Mr. Telsa has brought to our lives. Still we don’t learn a thing about Telsa in School! How can that be?
They want a world of Cattle
It’s almost as if the powers to be want to us to be undereducated and clueless about what is going on. I of course mean that to be extremely sarcastic. The more one expands their knowledge base, the more one realizes a few main facts. One; for every answer we receive we have ten more questions to take its place. Those people we brush off as conspiracy nuts might just have some truth in their ramblings, where there is smoke there is most likely fire. Finally the greatest realization in our quest for knowledge is that we have been asleep for way too long.
The only way to wake up is by asking questions, challenging the norm and reading anything and everything we can get our hands on. Consequently yes, you will have to sift through tons of garbage to get an ounce of truth but it’s well worth the effort. Take advantage of your resources. Go to the government websites and read documents from the Freedom of Information Act. Learn to use Google, Libraries are free, even YouTube can be a great tool. Please remember one must keep in mind to never take information at face value, however with enough sources you will be able to piece together a better understanding of any subject. Most importantly; talk to each other! Open communication can breed new ideas and create the change many of us yearn for.
In a World of Edison’s be a Tesla!
I have a great Post coming up about Telsa and I’m currently working on supplementing this Blog with a YouTube channel. If you have any questions, comments or would like me to touch on any subject, just leave a comment.
Thanks for Reading,