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  • 12Feb

    As a former school teacher who saw first-hand the results of years of compulsory education on kids, I’m always amazed at our collective blindness to the damage our coersion-based school systems to our future workers.

    Think about how our school districts are structured: The Superintendent serves at the will of the school board, the principals serve at the will of the Superintendent. The teachers, at least until they acquire tenure, can be fired at will by the principal. And then comes the classroom where the teacher, as benevolent a person as she may be, serves as judge, jury, prosecution and executor of laws she arbitrarily imposes on her students — this is the epitome of political and intellectual tyranny — and this system is supposed to be preparing them to be “good citizens” of a free society?!

    Our “American” school systems are actually European-style, top-down heirarchies where each level is a despot over the levels below them — with the students at the bottom of the organizational power structure — denied every right they are expected to responsibly wield when they turn 18 (what a fantasy world we live in thinking that our children will magically become responsible citizens of a free society by spending 6 to 7 hours a day living under a literal despotism — however benevolent it’s imposers may be).

    I saw first-hand how kids deal with classroom tyranny. They do it in one of at least 3 ways. Two of those ways produces workers that are woefully inadequate in the workplace.

    The first group go along, they are the “Yes Men” — those who can easily do the work and realize that fighting the system is pointless and not in their best interest. These make great fodder for the corporate cannons. These are the ones we employers scramble to find.

    The next two groups are ruined as potential workers, at least for a while. The 2nd group see, or at least sense, the injustice around them, but feel powerless so they just play along, but their hearts are not in it — they go through the motions but show no initiative and readily admit they hate school. These probably are the majority in many classrooms. They often lie and cheat in order to get by. What type of workers do you suppose come from this group? Want to hire some? I sure don’t.

    The third group are those that rebel. The Rebels recognize the injustice around them and because they often come from rough backgrounds, have nothing to lose by rebelling, and so they do. Their rebellion spans from violence down through repeated daily attempts to subvert the learning process in the classroom to bringing their own books to study subjects they find personally meaningful. These are the ones for which I personally have the most compassion — but I sure as hell wouldn’t hire one! At least, not until they mature and recover — and some do recover, thank Goodness!

    If it’s leaders you want to hire, people with initiative and vision, people who can formulate and plan, execute the plan and follow through — you are just plain out of luck! Our schools simply CANNOT produce those type of people in large numbers because that personality type is best nutured by an environment of political and intellectual freedom — ideals completely foreign to our “we know what’s best for you” school systems that squash incentive and train most of us to hate learning.

    Criticism is easy, I agree. So, what’s the solution? Lincoln said, “Knowledge, to be properly digested, must be taken with a healthy appetite.” If you force someone every day to eat (whether they like the food or not), is their appetite improved or destroyed? Forcing people to learn, or to do anything for that matter, is counter-productive. Compulsion kills incentive. The dismal productivity of the collective farms of the old Soviet Union should have convinced us of that.

    They say that each language you learn makes learning languages easier — so, which language is the hardest to learn? The first one, of course. And who do you know that learned this hardest language in a classroom? Not one single human being. Humans are born as little learning machines. All they need is freedom and role models, people around them modeling the use of language, and because they are natural learners and want to be participants in life, they learn their first language without teachers, classrooms, chalkboards, desks, homework or ringing bells. Amazing isn’t it?

    With such a miraculous educational start in life, why, oh why do we think we can improve on what Nature/God created? What profound and blind arrogance we demonstrate when we think that we can do better by forcing children to learn what we deem is “best for them”. We are essentially telling God/Nature, “Thanks. We’ll take it from here (ie. “We know better than you do how children learn.”).”

    The solution is freedom-based education. There are a few dozen freedom-based schools around the world, most of them are in the USA (remember, “the seedbed of freedom”?), but the idea is slowly spreading abroad. The children are expected to (and do) responsibly wield intellectual and political freedom in these schools. The results are astounding.

    I crunched the numbers from the studies myself and found that over 40% of the graduates of the first freedom-based school in America end up starting their own businesses within 10 years of graduation! That one fact alone tells me freedom-based education is the long-term answer to our hiring woes. I admit, I don’t know the numbers for traditional education systems, but I would be amazed if more than 4% of their grads have what it takes to fully engage in a free market economy. That 40+ percent of grads of freedom-based schools start their own businesses suggests that these students acquire the initiative, courage and self-trust needed to be leaders — or at least, excellent employees.

    The ultimate irony here is that our schools in America which were set up in the first place to produce “good citizens” of a free society, actually put out workers that are better suited to a socialist welfare state than to a free society with a free-market system.

    The good news? There’s a freedom-based school in Salt Lake, and one just starting in Payson.
    For a list, visit our Freedom-Based Schools page.

    Jesse Fisher, Founder
    The Freedom Preservation Foundation

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