Most of us grew up studying from textbooks when we were in school. Now, some study notes made by their teachers. Study notes coming either in the form of sheets of paper stapled/bundled together or a neatly organised word document/power-point slides. Either way, it involves “learning” through the reading and understanding of so-called hard and cold facts and theories. Words and statements meant to be taken in and learnt.
In the 14 years that I’ve spent in school, all I’ve learnt is what the textbooks and notes have taught me. Facts, formulas, theories, applications et cetera. Diligently studying, doing homework, never questioning what work was given to me to review. I put my all into learning everything in hopes of preparing myself for the world. I believed that merely studying what has been given to me would be sufficient. However, that is not the case.
There are many things that school doesn’t teach through their textbooks or notes. You can’t learn everything through those.
One must also learn the importance of dealing with others as well as learning more about life itself.
Life is far more complicated as compared to how black and white books we are given to read in school makes it appear to be. To understand it, we must first understand that simply reading and studying what has already been written is insufficient. We must be willing to step out and actually experience for ourselves, this thing called “life”.
The theme for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is School/Books/Learning, thus, my song choice for this week is “Shoddy Utopia Policy”.
English Lyrics from here.