Truth. The search for truth could occupy several fruitless lifetimes, especially considering how many powerful institutions exist solely to obscure or redefine “the truth” for their own selfish purposes. Unfortunately, many of these institutions are schools. Can we really trust our educations? Where did this information come from, and for what motivation was it released to students?
Is our education biased? This is a question we must all ask ourselves. I think its less important for hard science students whose education can be physically verified and peer reviewed, but more important for social science students, especially business, economics, management, and even psychology students, whose education is more politicized and potentially biased by the source.
I believe that our education system is a big part of our current economic problems. Normally, when I complain about America’s higher education system, I’m complaining about the social inequity involved: the high economic hurdles placed between the individual and their education that effectively serve as class barriers, preventing those in lower classes from moving up. But there is also something to be said about the way capitalism effects the content of our educations.
Who’s to say that the fact that these schools are private institutions owned by individuals with private interests isn’t effecting the objectivity of the education we receive? We’ve already seen the role that funding sources play in creating bias in scientific studies. Illicit drug research, for example, is often funded by the government, and this has caused a lot of the results to be skewed. We know there is a conflict of interest when it comes to funding sources for research, so isn’t it safe to assume that conflict of interest exists in education as well? Basically, the crux of what I’m saying is: can you trust your school when its owned by old money?
Old money tends to teach its young that the poor are lazy and stupid. They instill in the youth a sense of God-given right to rip poor people off. They think that anyone can become wealthy regardless of background. They have no idea the extent to which coming from money has effected their lot in life. Basically, people who come from money have no idea where money comes from. My old man tried to lay the same bullshit on me, but he forgot to include the bulging trust fund that normally accompanies such an indoctrination, so it was obvious to me he was full of shit. I guess if he had bribed me, I might have believed him. I went to business school for about 1 semester and I was so horrified by what they were teaching there, I had to go to Psychology school just to figure out how people could be so fucked up inside!
Right now we have a situation on Wall street where all these CEOs and stock brokers went to the same east coast schools, they were taught the same lassiez-faire, supply-side, trickle-down economic doctrines, and now they are running around like chickens with their heads cut off because everything they were taught is falling apart right in front of their eyes and they don’t know what to believe any more. This is what is causing a lot of the uncertainty on Wall Street right now. Harvard and Yale are where the old money grooms its future CEOs and Presidents, and unfortunately, they don’t teach people the truth at these schools, they teach them what the money controlling the school wants them to believe is the truth.
Imagine the horror: You are born into this world knowing nothing. You are constantly bombarded with biased news, advertising, religious dogma, and other misinformation. If you are smart, you know that this isn’t the truth. The truth costs money. In order to learn something, you have to put yourself through hell learning it and pay out the ass for the privilege, if you are even lucky enough to have access to an education. Then, after all that, you find out that most of what you paid so dearly to learn is actually just someone’s self-serving opinion, installed in your mind to serve their interest. This is what we are seeing in the financial world right now.
It can be hard to admit one has received a biased education. “What do you mean I don’t know what I’m talking about? My diploma says Harvard. Of course, I’m right.”
Sorry dude, you got a degree in bullfuck.
I guess the lesson learned is that you can’t trust anyone these days. Not your school, not the government, not the media, and increasingly, not even yourself. So take it all with a grain of salt, folks.
and if anyone knows where I can buy a copy of the real, honest-to-God Truth, let me know.
*DoktorJ prepares himself for a shitload of Bible emails.