A Mumble Jumble of Thoughts
During Thursday's discussion, I had much to say about the education system and how I am perfectly content with the way it is; in fact, I think I was defending the system. I have come to adapt to its ways, and even dare to say that I have mastered it well—enough to know to do what I am told, say what it expected of me, and never question the system. The thought of changing a system that I have successfully maneuvered for the last 16 years of my life scares me. I’m not even sure I want to imagine a world that is any different—where students can freely do whatever they need in order to fully understand and digest material, where the established roles of teachers and students are broken down. Honestly, using the restroom without asking for permission is still something I can’t do in my college classes; I have always known my place a student and never questioned it, just always adapted to this role. But it never occurred to me that other people can’t. I was selfish in my thoughts the other day when I mentioned that in an environment that caters to everyone’s needs, I will be displaced. There are so many people who have been feeling like this for quite a while, and barely anyone to speak up and do something for them.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that my limited point of view has prevented me from seeing any other possibilities. It’s quite ironic, really, because I know someone who suffers from a difference as well. She can’t take tests. When reviewing, she knows the materials, but when it comes time to take a test, everything goes out the window. But she wouldn’t get it checked, diagnosed, won’t even let anyone recognize the fact that she is going through this predicament. Why? Because it makes her different, makes her more vulnerable, fragile. Why do we, as a society, always want to be “normal” yet “unique”? Doesn’t having a mental difference just a part of who we are as people, a “uniqueness” to be embraced, and not something to be ashamed of? It reminds me so much of what was discussed in class that they didn’t want to be labeled. If society doesn’t put such heavy weights on these special traits, special abilities, then maybe it’d be easier for everyone to accept their “uniqueness.” Maybe then, it’d be easier to imagine a learning environment where everyone can freely learn at her own pace.