The Vaccination Theory of Education
“English is not History and History is not Science and Science is not Art and Art is not Music. And Art and Music are minor subjects and English, History and Science are major subjects and a subject is something you “take” and when you have taken it, you have “had” it, and if you have “had it”, you are immune and need not take it again.”
– Postman and Weingartner 1969
We have been trying to standardize and sterilize learning to the point that young minds are now immune to our attempts to vaccinate them with “education”.
The irritation and boredom in schools is like a fever: it’s not about trying to mask the fever by getting kids to get better at swallowing curriculum pills. It’s about understanding that just like in the body, a fever is a perfect response to get rid of whatever is ailing it.