Originally Posted by JohnnyNemesis
Originally Posted by PilZ-E
They don't need to study. Education is not for everyone. That's the big lie we've been telling kids for too long. That they can all be whatever they want to be if they just study hard. Even the dumb ones. Not only is it not true and just setting them up for disappointment but it would also be terrible for society if it were true. We don't need thousands of astronauts. We need people to flip hamburgers and collect our trash. We'd have a big problem if everyone thought they were too good to do these jobs. And it leads to the idea that people who do these jobs have somehow failed, but these less desirable jobs are incredibly important to society. So we end up with people doing these unappealing jobs for little pay and they can't even feel good about their functional importance to society because they were raised with the expectation of being President one day.
Originally Posted by _Lost_
Lying to children under the pretense of making them feel better is a total sham. It actually just makes the adults telling the lies feel better. The children will eventually figure out the lie and feel worse for it in the long term. The primary responsibility we as adults have towards children is to adequately prepare them for adulthood. You can't do that and make them happy all the time. Sure, a happy childhood is great. But they're going to be adults for a lot longer. Give them the knowledge, skills, expectations and thought processes that will actually help them in their real adult life. If you make them think everyone is a winner now you'll just make them feel like a bigger loser later.
Like when everybody gets to win something, or when they don't keep track of scores so nobody feels bad for losing? Yeah, fuck that shit. You need to learn to lose. Also, once the kids realize this is all a sham it's done no good anyway and you've actually deprived the winners of feeling genuinely proud of a win. Nothing beats actually succeeding in something and knowing you fully earned it. But to fully appreciate it you have to know what losing feels like.
Originally Posted by PilZ-E
I should clarify what I meant when I said education isn't for everyone. I believe strongly in giving young children as much education as possible. But when it becomes clear that your child is not really the academic type it's time to switch your emphasis to teaching them practical things, and let them know that plumbers are just as important as lawyers and doctors.
“Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.” – Bill Hicks