Reframing Education: A Parallel System

Can we please stop with COVID? The battle lines have been drawn for some time now. We can see who is concerned about public health and who is concerned with controlling people, eagerly murdering citizens, and increasing profits. The managerial class is thoroughly dug in, neck deep, and doubling down to the max. We can see the fanatic school boards defying all input from thousands of parents concerned for their children’s health and education at the local level.

The managerial class and its supporters are genuinely drowning in their own hypnosis. It’s downright creepy to see these boards getting hammered by parents and not budging one bit. The managerial class has entered into the world of the insane, and so they should be shunned.

When local institutions are this rotten, is there any point in participating in them? If I were a parent, I would not allow my kids to go to these public concentration camps. Let’s call it what it is—to be bombarded by insanity five days a week for 12 years is child abuse. We as a community must look for alternatives to educating our children and cast aside the archaic concept of public education. Reciting useless factoids wastes the valuable time of so many developing minds.

Why not start looking for new methods for educating the next generation? In many Asian countries, the parents are the sole source of funding for their child’s learning. One of the key tenants to Permaculture is to be responsible for you and your children. Likewise, parents should be accountable for their child’s development—not a corrupt government whose sole purpose is coercion and indoctrination. A local co-op of parents paying for teachers in fields they deem important would significantly increase the children's learning capacity. Why not have a diverse array of educational fields? Sure, a community could have a local school where some kids can learn the basics of math, science, history, English, and so on. But why not have local institutions based on the child's areas of interest?

For example, is there any reason to have a child enamored with mechanics waste 12 years in a public school on subjects that are utterly useless to them? What if that child could attend a school early on that explores fields that are stimulating to them instead? In addition, testing should be more hands-on and less a recitation of information. For instance, if a child were attending a horticultural school, a practical test would be to see how successful the student could be at grafting several fruit tree species. The days of regurgitating useless trivia would be long gone. Instead, we have tangible skills tested with real-world results in our parallel school system. How much better equipped can our children be in this form of education? Talk about acquiring life-long valuable skills!

For me, I am passionate about plants and animals. The natural world is my teacher. I have found that I learn best when topics and equations utilize this subject. If I had been able to attend a school like this from my early years instead of a cookie-cutter public school system, I guarantee I would have been much better off. There are zero reasons to waste a child’s time, energy, and developing mind on an antiquated “one size fits all” system. We can move beyond these pathetic excuses of education to a new way of learning—a rebirth of practical knowledge for all kids at the local level.

What do you think would be a good idea for a parallel education system for current and future generations at the community level?

*None of the ideas presented in Parallel Systems are the only ideas we should agree on; these are possible concepts that help stimulate our minds in brainstorming better ways to do things.