As far back as we have the ability to look, it seems that figures in humanity have always been fighting against conformity, against submission, against resignation. It is in our nature as humans to strive to do what we believe to be the best and for many, this comes in the form of non-conformity or rebellion. Many authors over time have wrestled with this subject, from Henry David Thoreau with the government to Quincy Troupe with the educational system. The educational system is a very important factor in the idea of conformity as it is mandatory and strict and monotonous; basically a plethora of words that come to mind when one thinks of "conformity" and "obedience". Why is it that in such a fast paced, ever-changing world most of us regard those who choose not to conform; the "hippies", the "mavericks", "bohemians", the "vagabonds", and "vagrants", with an air of arrogance?
The world as we know it is constantly evolving, more so now than ever before. In a time where everyone is rushing to get the new Apple product that came out a week after the last one, we have so many different devices available to us at almost all times. Due to this, we are constantly being barraged with information. However, technology isn't the only thing that is feeding into this.
In today's times, apart from having information flying at us from almost everywhere we turn, we also get to sit in a chair for nearly seven hours while someone tries to feed us even more information. Although it is true that our society needs some type of educational system, there is a real problem with the fact that although we are constantly changing and evolving into a brand new world, education has stayed still. In a way, we attempt to teach our children by putting them on a conveyor belt and putting things into their head as they pass by.
Many forward thinking authors over a range of different eras have attempted to tackle this problem; from Maria Montessori in the early 1900's to very recent authors like Howard Gardener who are still challenging this traditional, if not controversial, way of education. It seems that one can argue that the educational system has been wrong all along and one can also argue that the system just hasn't done a good job of adapting with the rest of the world.
Montessori however is not the latter. She spent her life trying to develop an alternate form of education, something more hands on and engaging, than simply strapping children into a chair and talking at them like they're being put through a machine. Another prime example of fighting this traditional system is Quincy Troupe. He disregarded the way our educational system works entirely, and whether this be good or bad, he made it work in a way that was truly genius.
The fact that so many people have been fighting the educational system for such a long amount of time, really should show us just how much needs to be changed. Something as important as this should be something that evolves with us, and...