I went to school in the 90’s, a child of “generation X” and I can say that I believe I had a pretty well rounded education. If I had kids I would want them to have something similar, to be able to discover things that they are interested in and to be able to ask questions undeterred. But the more I talk to my friends who are teachers and even hear of recent experiences from my younger early 20ish friends, I realize that a lot has changed with the American education system.
I imagine that the education institution is like a meat factory raising cattle on a conveyor belt. It seems with this mass production of institutionalized students comes the necessary drugging. I am a very creative individual, and I remember teachers telling my mother that I had a lot energy, mostly because I was very smart and I would finish my worksheets before everybody else. What was the answer back 1990 for this hyper kid? Drugs? Nope… more work. They told my mom they were going to put me in “classes for the gifted” where the teacher there, Ms. Cox was her name, encouraged us to be “risk takers” and to “think outside the box.” We were assigned special projects and logic grids. We wrote journals and made books (which obviously influences me now) .
Alas, had I been born perhaps ten years later, I believe they would have drugged me. Now I’m not faulting any parent that may believe this is best option for their child. But what if there are alternatives? Are people given a choice? Why is America so quick to drug each and every child that’s in the system? Children in today’s world seem to have more medical issues compared to kids when I or my parents were in school (My mother is a baby boomer) . It discourages me to have children in this country… it’s almost like you have to follow their process of institutionalizing your children or the government will confiscate them and put them in a group home. We can’t continue to be blind that the drug industry is a money making business ( a billion dollar business) . Is financial profit the driving force of why so many kids are being diagnosed and drugged needlessly?
Check this video out. Its’ a long one (sorry) but it’s eye opening.
If you have been watching any news today, you have probably already heard about Justin Bieber getting arrested for drag racing in an residential area under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, and some other substance. All in all , Justin was F#@* up! Bieber suffers from Affluenza, a horrible side effect of white boy privilage. Remember THIS story? . As we have learned about this mental disorder, it happens when you are given too much, too soon, and never know what it means to work for “success” . Thus this “poor soul” doesn’t know how to respect the laws that govern society or himself because at the ripe age of 19 he doesn’t know what it means to “struggle”. Struggles make people strong and train people how to survive when they don’t have anything. There are thousands of 19 year old potential singers who are working a 9 to 5 (side note: did anybody catch American Idol last night? what did you think?) , trying to save their money to get studio time to make their demo and working even harder to get somebody to hear them sing in some dank and dark club scene that will only pay them two free drinks and some potato chips. But Justin never experienced this, his success was handed to him at a young age and now, at 19 he is probably asking himself “what next? What do I have left to acheive?”
Of course he could go some other route with his career, like acting, where he has no expertise. But when you have been given success… you don’t know the first thing about actually recreating success in other areas. Granted he is probably waiting for someone to give him a movie (which he would be highly criticized because acting is a VERY critical arena moreso than singing) . I don’t apologize for saying this is a “white boy disorder” because even the richest african american will still struggle with the racism of their peers and on their best day still will be threatened with being pulled over by a cop for nothing.
So I really don’t feel sorry for Justin when he provokes the police to arrest him. Arrest his spoiled ass! Maybe he will be scared straight and start focusing on more positive outlets… alas he is still 19, and he doing 19 year old things. I just hope CNN doesn’t make this their TOP STORY.