Wake Up and Dream

22 Jun

“The whole point of education is to replenish the system.” These simple words from a stranger rocked my core. Replenish. Not upgrade. Replenish. Like inventory, products that simply are restocked when one batch depletes. People as products is a harsh analogy. But is it true?

Think about it. Outside influences define each and every one of us more than I’d care to admit. Everything , from our expectations, goals and life choices about mates and careers is either a direct or indirect reaction to society. The U.S. needs more scientists. Okay, just buff up the marketing. Include a greater focus on science in school. And tell kids repeatedly how important science is. The stock of scientists will be built up in no time. It ‘s simply economics. Sheer supply and demand.

Our public education system, a system built on shading ovals, order and obedience, builds an army of accommodating adults. Adults, trained from kindergarten to walk in a single-file line with hands clasps behind backs, who blindly follow similar rules and procedures when they join the workforce.

Filling vacancies. Closing gaps. And ensuring that the system continues.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Fast forward. How many of us spend our jobs counting the minutes as the hands of the clock crawl along til the work day’s end?  Only to do it all over again the next day. And the day after that. And the day after that. Operating on automatic, dragging through life like zombies, as hours and days turn to months and years.

Nights spen
t wrestling against linen sheets as dreams of more and the hunger for better torment our minds. But nothing will change until the visions last beyond drooling sighs, mattresses and the darkness of night: Until thoughts see the light of day and the first step of faith is taken, time is the only thing moving forward.

Until that day, we all simply run in place, moving neither forwards nor backwards and futilely watch as life passes us by.

“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.” — T.E. Lawrence


2 Responses to “Wake Up and Dream”

  1. Slava June 25, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    LaShonda, have I rightly gotten the word ‘Replenish’? http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/replenish
    I love this your post and agree that high school students should be taught how important science is and how to apply science.
    In your opinion, what is best way to teach students at high school, do you think that high school education system has a lack of personification?


    • lcooksmarketer1 June 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Hi Slava. The macmillion definition you posted for ‘Replenish’ is correct. I think the public education system, in general, does a disservice to its students by promoting obedience and blind acceptance of rules and norms. I think encouraging students to question, explore and recognizing that sometimes even teachers don’t have all of the answers will make high education more relevant. But I’m no education expert. Just observing.


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