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Our education system weakens our minds

17 Jul 2017 at 10:03hrs | Views
The current education system that we have in Zimbabwe - and even throughout the world - was deliberately designed, decades ago, as a means of weakening the mind, so as to create docile beings who could not think critically and independently, and are not innovative.

This was done mainly as a means to benefit both the political and big business establishments.

This system was first designed by Prussians some centuries ago, who used it to 'brainwash' their mighty military into a fearless fighting machine that could run right into enemy fire without an ounce of apprehension.

This military system was then 'improved' by Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany - whereby his army was known for its fearless ruthlessness and efficiency.

After the defeat of the Nazis, the 'Allies' offered employment to the men who were behind the brainwashing of the Nazi military, German population, and to those who ran Holocaust concentration camps - where extensive and gruesome studies of the human mind where carried out on Jews.

The United States of America recruited most of these Nazi psychological experts, who then assisted the US in developing some of the best 'brainwashing' techniques in the world.

At that time, soon after World War II, these techniques were solely for the enhancement of the US military, so that it could be even more efficient that what the Nazis were.

However, as the US economy expanded, big business also jumped on the wagon, wanting to create a new form a 'consumerist' society - thus, these same 'brainwashing' techniques were used in the media in advertising.

Suddenly, people became fanatically crazy for all sorts of products, most of which they really did not need - their attention turning away from the important things in life, such as improving the welfare of society, to craving the latest gadgets.

They were made to believe - through adverts - that without such-and-such a gadget they were incomplete or inadequate.

At the same time, the establishment decided that these techniques, albeit in a 'modified' form, could be used on an entire population in order to make them more docile, accepting of anything they were told and manageable.

Thus, the education system became the place to start this 'brainwashing' of an entire population.

Suddenly, the curriculum was designed in such a way that pupils had to accept as 'truth' only what they were taught by their teachers and what was in their school textbooks.

If a pupil believed anything which was outside what he or she had been taught by the teacher or textbook, then they would fail.

An education system that was previously designed to encourage pupils' ingenuity and innovativeness, was reduced to asking questions based on what had been taught by teachers and textbooks.

As such, a whole generation of people that had been taught how to be critical and independent thinkers, innovative, and creative, was reduced to nothing more than glorified robots.

This also augured well with the interests of big business, as graduates from these schools were a ready source of employment - a whole new generation of 'educated' people who could not think for themselves, but merely followed instructions.

They were taught that thinking 'outside the box' was wrong - the very same thing they were taught at school.

Only a few schools - such as Stanford, Yale and Harvard universities - were deliberately left untouched for the benefit of the powers-that-be, that would continue to churn out innovators.

This 'brainwashing' education system has since spread throughout the world, and is the same that we have here in Zimbabwe.

That is why, even today, we have an amazing array of graduates - even PhDs - who can not even come up with a single innovation - everything has to be according to the book.

Such as education system is also a contributor to the current national, and global, economic meltdown.

This is because of a population of highly 'educated' people who are not equipped to use that so-called education to stand on their own.

For instance, how can we have an electrical engineer who can not be innovative enough with his or her 'education' to come up with new solutions to the country's power problems?

Instead, who have electrical engineers crying after jobs, and if none are found, go onto the streets to sell airtime vouchers!

Harvard University dropouts can design world-changing systems such as Facebook and Windows, yet an IT Masters graduate in Zimbabwe is a part-time gardener because he can not find employment!

Typically, these graduates go globetrotting in search of employment.

That is the typical consequence of the useless 'brainwashing' education system we adopted.

Even when it comes to everyday sociopolitical issues, such a population seldom asks the tough questions, as they have been taught to accept what they see in the media, or are told.

There is need for a serious overall of the education system, whereby we go back to the original, as we need an education system that is based on critical and independent thinking, and innovativeness - that will create a new generation of people who can stand on their own.

Tendai Ruben Mbofana is Programmes Director at the Zimbabwe Network for Social Justice (ZimJustice ), but writes in his personal capacity. Please WhatsApp/call on: +263782283975, or email: tendaiandtinta.mbofana@gmail.com.



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