Internet Writings #6
The shackles are bound around the wrists and ankles of the students by their school. Along with the shackles are the brainwashing teachers that make the students repeat phrases continuously both during the day and during their sleep; this is known as hypnopaedia. Schools are taking the individuality out of their students from the conditioning of constant repetition, numbering the students based on their test scores and keeping everyone virtually the same with school uniforms and harsh rules that make it nearly impossible for individuality to exist.
Repetition can come in different forms such as homework, classwork and in some cases audio files that can be played multiple times in order to learn. In the classroom, students are made to stand in front of the class and recite what they have learned. Although it is praised to be the fastest to do so, these recitations are a form of public humiliation and are making the mind of the student memorize what they recite easier. Homework is another form of constant repetition in which it is done at home rather than in the classroom setting, but at home, it is all done based on the learned knowledge of the student. The audio clips that are given to students are meant to be listened to over the night to learn when no time is left. This is known as hypnopadeia, which was first known about in Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World. Hypnopadeia is a type of learning from conditioning after getting to a certain point while sleeping. It is hypnotization while sleeping practically. From the repetition of the classwork, homework and possible audio files from teachers, the individuality of students are becoming less and more into little robots that simulate problems in their heads in seconds.
In the school system today, there are constant standardized tests to keep students in an organized, yet flexible caste system. This caste system consists of the students that are highly praised for their accomplishments in academics, regular students that are passed on the year through the year and the students with their grades too low that special requirement is needed for them to learn. Standardized testing at the beginning and the end of a course determines in which caste system the student belongs in and their ranking in school for the following year. These standardized tests come in a lot of forms, the most popular being the SAT because it ranks of how well it would be for a student to get into college. Individuality is lost due to becoming a number in the eyes of a higher up person in the world of business. In the poem, “Love Letter to Albuquerque Schools” students show how the school system rids their individuality with the harsh rules and the testing. “We are the antithesis to this new era of standardized retardation”, they say because humans are becoming more of an elite robotic force that has no differences from each other because of what school had taught them.
Standardizing in another way are the school rules that ALL must follow. Ruling in school to make students be inexpressive by the use of school uniforms or standardizing of the school clothing by the length all men or women must wear.