Rethinking modern schooling

Rethinking modern schooling

September 5, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


The primary vehicle for the spread of this
violent and destructive model of globalization is, I’ve discovered it to be, education. Now most people don’t like to hear that because
they think education is a panacea, is the savior. But I’ve found that education has been the
primary vehicle for devaluing knowledge and relationships and wisdom that exists within
communities. We have a very simplistic idea of education,
connected to classrooms and computers, but where you have more nature-based, more rooted
cultures – that you can still see in Africa and Asia and South America – you see that
children are being educated all the time. They’re learning from their siblings, they’re
learning from older people, and they’re learning a whole range of skills and knowledge that’s
invaluable in a particular ecosystem, a particular climate. Learning about specific plants, animals, and
ways of surviving in often very difficult environments. But ways of surviving that are attuned to
those ecosystems. But what I’ve seen around the world is that
the introduction of Western-style schooling is actually destroying knowledge systems that
were linked to more sustainable economies. This is particularly true in Ladakh, where
I saw how education completely undermined the local culture. The problems with education aren’t just limited
to the less-developed world, so-called. It’s also in the West. We’re training our children for jobs in a
corporate-led economy that is fundamentally unsustainable. My grandma could do hundreds of things that
I don’t have the foggiest idea how to do. And now we can design websites and we can
do a whole range of things that are really rather useless. And it’s the same pattern all around the world,
you know, that those really core skills – of self-reliance, of gardening, farming, growing,
building – are being just thrown out into the dustbin of history like they’re completely
redundant.