October 16, 2013 by Welcome to the Jungle
What Marshall McLuhan really meant
By Mariah S.
“Education, which should be helping youth to understand and adapt to their revolutionary new environments, is instead being used merely as an instrument of cultural aggression,” said the brave Marshall McLuhan. But what did this really mean?
McLuhan is putting out that education now a days is not used for what it should be. The things students are learning in school is irrelevant to what they need later on in life – especially to be successful. “How many times did you remember something five minutes after the teacher said ‘stop writing’ only to receive your results one month later to realize that you were only one mark short from the top grade. Does that mean that if you had remembered only five minutes earlier, it would have made you more qualified for a different job?” said Suli Breaks – a famous spoken word poet. Pretty ironic.
History classes teach students about the Industrial and French Revolution and how it has changed society – but is that enough knowledge on todays society?. For students in this era, they are taught too much on the past and not enough on the present. That is what McLuhan means by youth needing to understand their revolutionary new environments.
Not only did Marshall McLuhan mean that the youth need to be informed about what’s going on in the world today, but also how to use new technology. Technology is consistently changing. Mobile phones, laptops and iPads are a huge part is todays society’s lives. To move forward in life and to fully understand how this technology is useful, students need to learn about it at a young age.
Every day things around us are changing and becoming more user friendly. But the only way for this to continue is to teach youth about the revolutionary new environments and stop teaching cultural aggression. McLuhan was looking far into the future when he said this statement.
This quote relates to media studies because it talks about what we learn in and out of school. The lessons we learn on a daily basis aren’t limited to what we learn in the classroom. Education and learning is present wherever we are which is why it relates to media studies.