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Education?
See that's what they call it.
But they teach us to do, not to think.
A genius doesn't answer every question perfectly,
A genius questions every answer given.

A system that judges success by the amount of bills you have,
Makes you work to the bone,
Cuts your soul in halves,
Make us seem like a bunch of clones?

Are we nothing more than machines?
Fill in the right answer, nothing more is accepted.
Thrown away if you can't follow instructions,
Is this in efforts in increase production?

Shall we drive the passion away from everything?
When everyone tries only to survive,
Shall we exist solely to die?
A system that completely determines your life.
Wasn't this system meant for us to thrive?
The education system isn't AS BAD as I make it out to be in this poem. But there certain things I've noticed, as students, which are just plain stupid.
They teach us to do something and not to actually think for ourselves. A friend of mine can solve math equation (and get the right answer) easily through reasoning and not the way they teach it at school, yet they give him low marks simply because he doesn't "show his work". Yet, it's the way Albert Einstein himself solved math problems.
Another thing I've noticed is they drive the passion out of every subject imaginable in school. I loved languages as a kid; it was only once entering school that I slowly gained a hatred for the subject. They donít really excess your creativity as much as they should. Yes, every now and again Iíll have the freedom of writing with a free heart for a school assignment, but most of the time, theyíll have creative limitations, which I hate, with a passion.

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maureenoconnell Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Thats really creative. Today's private education system isn't upto the mark and destroying the creativity students should have.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Student Artist
Private is miles ahead of the public system, which is completely dumbed down, and lacking funds, for that matter.

I'm not sure what made you pick at the private system specifically. While the private system has certain subjects that must be tackled, they're way more free in their methodology in contrast with the public system which is a lot more government controlled.
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jayladran Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2014
yeah thats interesting think u have  discussed .. today's education system killing the creativity
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Artist
:)
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OnlineHighSchool Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014

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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Student Artist
Judging by your profile name and how generic you're comment is, I presume this is a bot designed to make me check out your page and (hopefully) check out the link on your profile? Nice try.

Though, if I'm wrong, Thank you. :)
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Chris0000924 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yes modern Public education and very soon and slowly private education is killing creativity.

I was terrible at school only because I always thought outside the box my teachers and my classmates regarded me as ahead of my time.

I have ADHD btw (According to the School system)
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   General Artist
I think this is why I have such limited respect for academia in general.  It discourages original thought.  Early on, you draw your own pictures and tell your own stories.  Later on, they just tell you to write reports on what other artists drew and wrote, implying that you might as well write about them, because you have no hope of producing anything that good.  Do you see what I'm saying?
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Artist
Yeah, definitely. But at the same time, Teachers don't choose what they have to teach, it's setup by the government or, in the case of college, the institutions of the field you're in.

Like...one of my English Teachers in High School took me to the side once to tell me to keep a portfolio of my creative writing since it was obvious that I liked to write. She said it would be of use one day.
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Chris0000924 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yup look up Common core while you're at it
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illusionsnfantasies Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm in love with this poem dude. 
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Artist
Glad you like it :)
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allenpwatson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013

You said all the things in a poetic way, quite impressive and true. There are students who are the toppers but when they are asked to explain something they can't. I found some similar thoughts in one of the portal of essay writing service (papersville.com/essay/ over here) but I liked yours a lot.

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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks!! I'll make sure to check that out when I have the time xP
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XenocidaEnder Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yup. Education is meant to prepare us for fulfilling our functions within society, not to actually extend our knowledge or understanding or... pretty much anything. I find it discouraging and downright frightening.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Artist
The problem with the system right now is that I've found that it tranforms people in a machine-like existance. It isn't terrible, but it's not good either or rather, where I'm from.
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XenocidaEnder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
Pretty much, yes. It doesn't necessarily make people unhappy, if that's what you hint at - it is fairly possible that some are even happier that way, with their role predestined to some extend and their own choices narrowed down to a few primitive decisions... but it definitely doesn't help us make any progress on the "humanity" thingie (I really can't think of a way how to call that? My apologies, English isn't my native tongue...hope it makes sense). While it is really nice that our society pretty much resembles a somewhat working machine, this concept wastes the potential of the people it's made of...

But then, we don't seem to really disagree, so I am just ranting here simply because I really, really want to say that to someone? Heh. Take care!
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Artist
I believe what you mean by "'humanity' thingie" is society, as in "it doens't help us progress as a society", correct me if I'm wrong. To which I think is true to an extent. Our education system isn't setup to have people think outside the box, however at the same time, if it weren't for our education system, this conversation probably wouldn't be happening right now as both of us would be illiterate. I think a fair balance between creativity and knowledge is needed.


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XenocidaEnder Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Well, I don't really believe that 'progress as a society' is possible per se - it is usually the result of hard work of unique individuals.
Coming from this, I believe we should pay much more attention to individual education and mostly awareness (that is the word I was looking for!).
Technology and knowledge helping us maintain it is nice, but also pointless if we don't advance on the...er...spiritual? level? Damn, I know
exactly how to put that into words in Czech...

Let's just say that over the cca 3000 years of civilization, we have advanced admirably far on the technological level, but people themselves (and therefore society) haven't basically changed a bit.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Artist
ahhh the world when you said spiritual was probably ethical. To which I have to agree, people still have a lust for power.
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XenocidaEnder Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks for repeatedly supplying me with correct terms :D Though it's not the lust for power that frightens me, it's the apathy, ignorance... er... the lust for happiness? The way they eagerly dismiss any wrong as long as it doesn't concern them directly?

Comfort, that's the word - it seems to me that vast majority of people is not concerned about anything as long as they have their comfort, and are willing to do -or let be done- anything if it means keeping their precious comfort. (yeah, using the word three times in a row doesn't look stupid at all)

Not that I can claim myself to be any different, I guess....
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student Artist
In a way, the media is responsible for people being so apathetic, important news stories compete for attention with celebrity gossip. I think most people in modern society are rather apathetic, to be honest.
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Dezzy13 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember when I got a question in maths which was after a series of questions about the rate of production in a tin mine and it asked me if the mine would eventually run out of tin at this rate of production. Well I used common sense for that one. Yes of course it will run out since there's not an endless supply of tin. I apparently that answer was not 'correct'.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Artist
The logic for the answer was right. Using your same "common sense" we could deduce that we would eventually run out of oxygen gas on earth, which would never happen unless somehow someone found a way to kill off every species of plankton and burn down every tree on the planet.

Think about the tin question like fossil fuel production...I'm going to assume at pretty fast rate for the sake of the question. As long as we consume the fossil fuels at a slower rate than it's produced, nature will be able to replenish it's resources (look up the carbon cycle for details).

Honestly, getting thatquestion wrong was your own fault ^^" no offence. The thing about friend was, he got the same answer as the teacher did, but the teacher would mark it wrong for doing it completely in his head or by guestimating. I actually have a problem with using ludicrous methods of solving math problems as well (although I do write down my work), I usual end up having to explain my steps to my teacher.

Hope I gave you some decent insight.

Cheers~
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Chris0000924 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Dude Global warming is a myth, it was created by Oil companies to control competition notice it's only in the US and some parts in the European union?
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Artist
It's not though. I'm from neither part of those regions. Would you like me to pull up studies?
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Chris0000924 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
By what you said
As long as we consume the fossil fuels at a slower rate than it's produced, nature will be able to replenish it's resources (look up the carbon cycle for details).
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Systemless-designs Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks!
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Yea, I always hated learning foreign language in the classroom. Bloody sucks.
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DanceInTheRain23 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Writer
I'm with you there.
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TheAwesomeShoeXD Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't agree more. I quit a couple of months ago and am getting my GED tomorrow so I may never go back to that hellish place.
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KamenRiderJet Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I couldn't agree more on the passion thing. Last year at school, I absolutely loved science (especially geology) and I kind of started to like maths after 3 years of having hated it with all my heart. I got good marks for it and for once I actually felt like I was learning something. But now, I can't stand either one of them. Not only do I not get any good marks anymore, but it has either become so boring that all I can do is stare at the clock and wait for it to be over, or it has become so stressful that it's a miracle I didn't explode out of rage in the middle of class.
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DylanSeto Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Artist
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GoldenEyedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Well said.
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BlackFireLight Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
AGREED.
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divafica Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ive always been for the way education works, but thats just my opinion
your writing is amazing
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Crazii4Anime Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I dunno, I have a load of 'old fashioned' teachers but they're all about "think of the question, of what it means" and "work it out, what's the verb to write in Irish? There you go!"

I'm in higher level maths too and I'm surviving on attempt marks - I know how to do it, but I get confused with all the formulas and methods. In French we've been doing essays and letters and things that only have guidelines, we can make the rest up ourselves. In Irish, the same. I must have written at LEAST five letters/postcards/complaints for my Christmas Tests for only those two subjects.

So maybe its only in most schools/school systems? I don't mean to disrespect.
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Skizze-Filadelfo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the reasons i dislike art classes in school. They tell you to draw something SPECIFIC. i remember in elementary school when art class was for fun and the like, now its just busy work with imitations on media and theme. But i still love Art, just not when its taught. [EndRant].
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GoldenEyedDragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
I agree. I took Art in the tenth grade and lets just say I never took is again.
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Skizze-Filadelfo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda have to though. My parents are making me.
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Dragon-Demygod Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I quite love this poem. But it's not just in how school works of course, it seems that the whole of the world is like this. Do as you're told and don't have any imagination.
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Silverstar1311 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!
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TheWhiteJewel Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Omigod, I thought I was the only one.

I just thought I was being a sassy bitch but someone else relates with me!! Finally! :D
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ixDenial Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Ikr? |: In a way, we're all the same. They don't give a person the chance to be something different..
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Saraiyina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for this .-.
Especially the math thing
On tests I would always get a really low score JUST because I didn't "show my work" :T
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MightyQuinn2021 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
This is really good.
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Cataclyptic Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes... system needs to change, that's for certain.
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