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  • Louise Cheetham

Your Worth Is Not Determined By Your Grades

From a very early age, children are being taken from their most pure, open, and creative state of being, and they are put into a regulated institution where they are shown how to conform along the rules of a society, what they need to know in order to get a degree, what it means to be “intelligent”, and what an ideal career is. Education, which was once meant to be a resource for enlightenment and further expansion, has been turned into a regulating factory. Everyone, despite his or her uniqueness, is expected to consistently perform through standardised testing. Whenever they don’t, it is seen as a “failure”. Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardised test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt. We are basically being trained to memorise information, and regurgitate it over and over again on a piece of paper, on which the mark obtained determines our worth. It matters not if an individual feels no interest or passion along the lines of this protocol, for it is the one and only way to obtain a diploma, which again, is a piece of paper that makes us worthy. Worthy as what? Worthy as compliant citizens. Human beings are essentially being labelled as either “successful” or “non-successful”, “academic” or “non-academic”, depending on the process and success rate of their conditioning. As a result, the unique potential within each and everyone of us is being suppressed to fit the bill of this particular industrialist vision. We are being taught the basics of language and logic, yet our minds become saturated with the obsession of getting “good grades”, as opposed to thinking for oneself, attaining true knowledge and expanding ones awareness. It is simply a matter of observing the world and how it operates, to consequently realize how the educational system is not aimed at expanding our consciousness, but is rather shrinking it to the one of the industrialist system it supports. As a result, we find ourselves abiding to the same standards over and over again, without ever expanding our awareness beyond what our system stands for.

This is why The Bridge Flexi School was established - to change this.

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