March 25, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle
Instead of Learning We Are Memorizing
By Emily A.
Marshall McLuhan was an amazing philosopher of communication theory and public intellect. He developed many theories over the years, which we are now using in our own media studies classroom. One of his many quotes that really stood out to me was “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.”
Personally, I feel this quote speaks a lot about the way our education teaches statistics and facts and memorization instead of encouraging creativity. Our education system is based on the things that society thinks we need such as knowing the answer to every math or psychics equation, when really it should be about teaching us how to be creative and how to use what you already have to become something more.
There is a difference between the word education and schooling; schooling is what we are being taught. Math, science, psychics, chemistry are all examples of what we are being taught through schooling but we are not being educated. To be educated is to learn about the environment that surrounds us. Educations in schools need to allow kids to be wrong without being punished in such a harsh way. Students need to know they can be wrong without being given a number that reflects their intelligence.
This is what I feel that McLuhan is talking about when he states that our education is used as an instrument of cultural aggression.