Brainwashed: The Miseducation


Do you remember learning to factor equations? 2x -32x +10? Why were you taught this?

Why did they spend hours drilling you on such clearly useless content? Simple: You were being trained to be a compliant cog, someone who could mindlessly follow instructions as opposed to seeking out innovation and surprise.

The evidence is clear:

The function of public education was (and is) to turn out compliant workers.

Not educated voters, not passionate idea-makers. No, we spend all this money on school taxes to be sure that there will be enough people to do all the work that the factories once needed done.

Exceptional teachers, the ones who make a difference, are not only rare, but they’re almost always in trouble for bending the rules and not optimising for the standardised tests.

I love maths. I love the idea of working with numbers, of inventing cool ideas that click. But memorising solving equations of x? It’s clearly an effort to teach you to be taught, to instruct you in compliance, to follow the curriculum.


Even how factories and schools are structured: The layout is the same as that of a factory. There is a siren at a factory, there is a school bell. There are machine manuals at the factory, there are textbooks at school. When a product fails quality control at the factory, it is reprocessed until it passes quality control, if you fail a grade at school, you repeat that grade until you pass. The factory has a supervisor and manager, the school has a teacher and principal. I can go on and on.

The brainwashing continues to this day. You have been brainwashed to believe that you are stuck with what you have, that you need to punch a clock, follow a manual and do what you are told. I wonder who dreamed that up?

It’s certainly in the interest of the dominant forces of our society to create an oversupply of eager and compliant workers. But now, as the power shifts, so does your opportunity.

Are you serious about transformation? I’m not talking about polishing yourself, improving yourself, making things a bit better. I’m talking about the reset button, a reinvention that changes the game.

That means an overhaul in what you believe and how you do your job. If you’re up for that, then right here, right now, you can start.

School should teach kids how to think, not what to think.

The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed, it needs to be transformed.

The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.

We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.

Sir Ken Robinson put it very well when he said:

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”


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