The 10 Biggest Misconceptions That Prove We Don’t Need No Education

A child is just another brick in the wall

Are kids taught lies just for them to fit into the system?

In writing this post, the Pink Floyd song “Another Brick in the Wall” comes to mind when listening to the lyrics and analysing the meaning behind them in regards what we are taught in school.

Let’s now take a look at some of these lyrics shall we?

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.

“Wrong, Do it again!”
“If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you
have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?”
“You! Yes, you behind the bike sheds, stand still laddy!”

~ “Another Brick in the Wall” from the 1979 album “The Wall”

The lyrics above should encourage us all to ask the following questions:

  • Do teachers, and the Educational System in particular, actually teach us any truth, especially in regards history and the so-called facts of life?
  • Why don’t they have the integrity to teach us truth, critical thinking skills and the art of living wisely, rather than irrelevant information that only serves to dumb us down?
  • Is there indeed a hidden conspiracy perpetrated by those in power to use the educational system as a tool of propaganda, so to serve their eventual goal of total mind-control over the masses?

Here we go again…not another God Damn Conspiracy Theory!

The pertinent message behind Pink Floyd’s lyrics (well, what I personally seem to perceive) is that there may be a hidden agenda to indoctrinate us with lies by telling us what they want us to believe.

The reason for this apparent deception could be for us to become another mindless but obedient slave that is carefully prepared to fit into a “metaphorical wall” of a society that would love nothing more than for us not to upset the status quo…Phew!  That was a mouthful.

See, I said it without having the feeling that the men in white coats will arrive to put me away anytime soon…and no, I’m not re-enacting a scene from out of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – although, I do sometimes feel like Big Brother is everywhere with his million and one CCTV cameras watching my every move as soon as I step out my front-door.

What I’ve just intimated about the educational system may sound like I’m becoming a borderline “paranoid conspiracy nut” but after reading the following humorous but eye-opening post by Paul Jury, there may be some truth to my observations.

Here is an excerpt of the aforementioned post The 10 Biggest Misconceptions We Learn In School:

I do some teaching, and my kids are constantly turning in essays with tragically inaccurate examples, like “When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb…” or “Even Einstein got bad grades in school…” which society has for some reason decided to convince them are true. Actually, my kids are turning in examples more like “When Edison invented the atomic bomb…” or “When Ben Franklin signed the Magna Carta…” but that’s mostly just a function of my kids being morons.

Anyway, yes, I said inaccurate, because those two statements – and many more like them – are classic instances of egregious common misconceptions. I’ll admit: before I started looking into it, I thought these were true, too. So in an effort to straighten things out – and also get to make fun of history – here comes the truth about 10 of the most widely believed misconceptions out there.

1) Einstein got bad grades in school.

Um… have you heard about this guy Einstein? Famous physicist? Relativity and all that? A genius, even? I’m pretty sure little Albert could handle his business in 4th grade arithmetic. Yes, contrary to popular belief, Einstein was a top student in elementary school, getting mostly “4″s (on the German grading scale of 1-4), which idiot Americans later assumed, backwardly, were “D”s. The idea stuck because everybody loves the idea that their poor student can go on to great things. Sorry, parents, Einstein was teaching himself calculus at age 12. Your little lip-twiddling retard will be working at Hardee’s.

2) Mice like cheese

Why would mice like cheese? Processed cow milk is not exactly available to them in their natural habitat, is it? No, mice MUCH prefer peanut butter, breakfast cereals, and other things similar to the grains and seeds they’ve gotten used to over millions of years of evolution. In fact, some mice are even lactose intolerant and will die if they eat cheese. In short: f–k you, Tom and Jerry.

3) Napoleon was short.

Nope. Napoloean was 5′7″, average height for a Frenchmen of the time. I don’t think he was particularly angry either, though we seem to have no trouble citing him as both the paragon and origin of the “short man’s syndrome” so common at New Jersey nightclubs. The confusion came from the difference between the British inch and the French ‘pouce’, which was longer, and made Brits think Napolean was only around 5′3″, a misconception which British propaganda was only happy to propagate.

4) Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.

Edison was a smart mother f–ker, but he didn’t invent the light bulb – somebody else had already done that by the time he started fiddling with the idea. Edison did, however, invent the first light bulb that actually worked well, at the same time as another guy, Joseph Swan. Edison got to be famous for it though, because he beat Swan in ro-sham-bo, and then bitch-slapped him.

5) Lemmings throw themselves over cliffs to commit suicide

What, are lemmings retarded? Yes, mass suicide sounds like a wonderful evolutionary trait to have built into your species to ensure its survival. Lemmings do no such thing, except occasionally when they’re drunk at bachelor parties. This great misconception was perpetrated by none other than Disney, who, in all their evil, decided their early nature film “White Wilderness” would be much more awesome if it showed a bunch of rodents flinging themselves off cliffs. They were correct, of course, but that doesn’t make this “phenomenon” any less B.S…

Please read the rest of this excellent post here…

The lesson here is: Conspiracy or not, there may be some credence to my thoughts regarding the educational system having sinister plans to propagate lies – common sense alone should tell you that.

Despite my mischievous mind, perhaps there is a real case for parents to question what the children are really learning at school, and if needs be, to have the freedom of choice to take them out of state education as soon as possible so to take on the task of educating them at home…that’s if they have the time and patience.

Mind, if you are indeed one of the few parents that home tutor their children, then always remember to teach them nothing but the truth, and to encourage them to think for themselves.  Otherwise, you may end up with a kid that is as lifeless and thoughtless as one of Pink Floyd’s bricks.

5 Comments

  1. Those examples were hilarious. Misinformation is rampant, and so embedded in our brains. In college, I took a health class. On the first day, the instructor handed out a quiz, consisting of 100 yes & no questions, testing our knowledge of common, everyday “facts.” Turns out every single statement was a myth, something universally believed that is in fact-false. I got the highest score-a 30!, proving how deluded we are even about the simplest things we think we know. That test was a real eye-opener for me. In response to that experience I wrote one of my first aphorisms: “Someone told me the world is round, but I’m checking it out for myself.”

  2. mr blobby says:

    Thanks for another thought provoking post…

    “Someone told me the world is round, but I’m checking it out for myself.”

    🙂 Beautiful – quote of the day!

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    @ NP and Blobby

    I think Mr Blobby will agree with me that the educational system can f**k up the way you perceive the world. We are lied to about the history of so-called great human beings and we are lied to about how we came to be.

    So what I do to get closer to the real truth is to turn everything we have been told on its head…for example, they told me that so and so was a great hero and a discoverer of distant lands – and I’ll say that so and so was in fact an evil intolerant bigot, who killed or enslaved any indigenous people he should hope to find. On top of all that, so and so did not in fact discover the aforementioned land before anyone else.

    I’ll just say, the person in question was born in Italy and sailed out from Spain. Just swap a few letters here and there and add an ‘S’ to the end of the name of my favourite Detective, Lieutenant Columbo.

  4. who cares who invented the light bulb? We have them and they work who needs to know more?
    I don’t give a diddily squat whether Einstein was a genius or a moron.
    Who cares what mice like – just poison the bastards.
    As to Napoleon’s size duh? I just remember his ice cream.
    and whatever lemmings do I could care less – I’ve never even seen one, so if they all commit harrycarry, I’ll not miss them.
    I don’t even care if the world is round, flat or octagonal – it really does not matter to me.
    People get too worked up over details.
    If I had been Columbus I’d have sunk the boat and stayed in the Caribbean Paradise.

  5. Jason Cooper says:

    Hahahaha…that’s made my day! Especially loved this one, “Who cares what mice like – just poison the bastards.”

    So funny but all so true, my friend. You are right in some respects, who cares – but it’s the blatent lies I don’t like.

    I quite understand where you’re coming from in regard useless general knowledge that doesn’t actually apply to our lives in any way shape or form.

    You maybe grumpy, but your sardonic wit is something that many of the supposed knowledgeable people out there would do well to learn from.

    Thanks for your great comment! 🙂