This is not a compare and contrast blog post. I'm highlighting the problem in both the US and India. As in they're both equally bad. Neither country is worse, it's completely wrong no matter how you look at it. It promotes inequality, racism and the misconception of nation superiority. While each nation has different issues, overall the problem is the same. Children are being taught narrow-minded concepts that lead to major issues that cripple each respective nation.
America, and other nations thought of as mostly white or white-dominated, take a lot of crap over their school systems. We are institutionalizing our children. We're continually standardizing our education system to make it even for everyone. But what does this really mean? And is it really even? Are children and people getting what they need to thrive and really live?
This means that someone out there is mandating what the kids can and cannot learn. They pick and choose what they feel is important in history and give the kids only the information they deem appropriate. Sometimes this is a group of parents or elected school officials but they are choosing it from curriculum already approved by someone else. So the choices get more and more limited the closer the books actually get to our children. We are telling our children what to think and not enlightening them to any other way of thinking than the standardized one. We are robbing our children and future generations of the right to know the whole truth.
Standards in the US:
- Conformist behaviors taught to children and enforced on adults
- Streamlined "civilized" normalcy
- Stifled creativity in non-artistic outlets (meaning you can only do the job you were specifically hired for and you must do school work the exact way your teacher tells you, etc.)
People no longer trust the local man who has hands-on experience as much as they trust the newly educated with a standard degree or the big stores.
In India, these same things are occurring. It's a growing problem for many pardesi's living in India that have children to be chastised about food choices for their children. The dominant concept is that the children must bring only Indian foods and that all the kids should bring similar things. Some schools even go so far as to send home a menu of what parents are to cook for their children each day. They do not include foods from other nations and thus exclude any part of other cultures.
Standards in India:
- Eating only Indian food
- Conformity taught through (or with) an emphasis on fear
Keeping the old ways (doing what your ancestors did and upholding tradition)
There's many more I'm sure but these are just a few to give you an idea. In some ways teaching a set of standards and rules is a good thing. It keeps us from wondering and wandering through life. But in many ways it's bad. People just don't fit into conformist cookie cutters. We're not all alike and shouldn't be forced into compliance with someone elses image of what we should be. Of course I don't believe we should never punish criminals but the laws we're enforcing should represent the people and not just the rich or the religious zealots.
Unfortunately this is rarely the case. That goes for both India and the US. Both countries have laws based on strongly religious principles.In both instances people who have no affiliation with those religions still support the laws. Of course this indicates a mindset taught for centuries and spoon fed to the children of each generation out of the same conformist mindset I talked about earlier.
I often wonder who really made up these rules. Yes, religion teaches us these rules came from a divine source but I'm not buying that. They're tainted by humans and they reek of non-conformity. That's right. You can see plenty of instances where laws or societal rules were created by jilted humans who didn't fit and either A.) felt the need to punish others who didn't have the self control to not engage in the behavior or B.) needed a way to break the rules and get away with it.
People weren't meant to be cut from the same cookie cutter. They just weren't.