“It is not my intention to denounce modern education. If it is bad then it may be said that all education is bad which is not self-education, and quite a lot of self-education is going on today- some of it in our schools, under the very noses of our teachers”

-Robertson Davies

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is education such an important part of our lives? Why has every country made education necessary”?

The concept of education came into effect during the Early Middle Ages in monasteries of Roman Catholic Church. Before their formal establishment, many institutions were run for hundreds of years as Christian Monastic Schools in which, as the name suggests, monks taught classes. These later evolved into Cathedral schools which we can see till this date.

But was the point of providing education to students empowering them with knowledge, or keeping them in control and in the grasp of religion? Why do you think these ‘schools’ were held in churches and cathedrals? The entire point of education was to instill the teachings of the church in people in a more methodical and socially-acceptable way. People have always been god-fearing and they always will be god-fearing so, during the evolution of the education system, no one dared to question its very existence. But now that you think about it, you will realise that even then, education did not take up a third of your entire life. It was for a small period of time, only till the point where you became one with the herd. Another pea in the pod.

So why is it that now, you spend upto 25 years of your life just being educated? The core premise remains stagnant, so that you can be controlled. Think about it, every single visionary had to revolt against the education system in some way or the other to achieve what they did.

Let’s just take the example of one of the biggest visionaries to walk the face of Earth, Thomas Alva Edison. The man who changed our perceptions on almost every single thing imaginable. He invented the light bulb, phonograph, film, movie camera and so much more. He was sent back from school with a note that said he was crazy. That they could not let him come back to school. Steve Jobs once said, “The thing about smart people is they sound crazy to dumb people“. Doesn’t this make you wonder if schools are incompetent at realising true genius? That they are so set in their own ways, anyone who dares to go against them is termed as crazy?

Education was, has and always will be a hoax to keep people in control. Earlier, it was for the church, now it is for the government and who knows what the future holds for us.

In my opinion, the brightest kid isn’t the one who gets an A on his test every single time, but the one who questions the questions. Albert Einstein while leaving school as a child said, “Why should I learn History? I can always look it up in a book.”

Education may be necessary, or it may not be. But the only thing we can say for sure is that very few people will ever understand and question the existence of the concept and even fewer will act upon it.