Those Who Refuse To Unlearn, Deschool and Deprogram Will Be This Generation’s Illiterate

unlearnBy Marco Torres

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The general definitions and terminology for illiteracy vary depending on their orientation to specific subject areas. Most people assume illiteracy pertains solely to those with the inability to read or write. However, those suffering from learning, cultural and scientific illiteracy are a different group all together. The coming generation of illiterate adults will be those who cannot unlearn, deschool or deprogram themselves from conventional thinking; It will be those who cannot free themselves from mainstream opinions and thought processes that require individuals to think outside the box or get rid of the box entirely.

Many conventional thinkers have problems letting go of the perceived reality they’ve set up for themselves to understand the world, regardless of its harm to themselves or others. We can no longer cast blame on controlling mechanisms in institutions or corporate culture which dictate our behavior on a daily basis. At some point, we must realize that every person is responsible for their own awareness regardless of what they have been taught by others.

IQ, college and university degrees, and actually all mainstream education only accounts for a small portion of a person’s success, and with higher education leading most graduates to minimum-wage employment, that portion is only decreasing every year. By far the majority of a person’s success is attributable to social well-being, emotional intelligence, and the ability to foster hope. In fact, according to a three-year longitudinal study out of the University of Manchester, hope “uniquely predicts objective academic achievement”, trumping general intelligence, previous academic achievement and personality.

Those with higher degrees of emotional intelligence have strong filters to the everyday brainwashing which is designed to indoctrinate weak minds. They are not as susceptible to neurolinguistic programming in schools, media, corporate culture, or societal influences. They have a greater capacity to think for themselves because they think more with their hearts and not their minds.

The True Meaning of Illiteracy

Education is not just the means of making you a degree holder; it is the gateway to the art of living. You can be culturally and socially illiterate about the world with the inability to think for yourself, yet still have a degree. Real education enables you to think, to discover the principles of life, and to accurately evaluate your experiences. Education gives you the ability to know the difference between what is achievable for the good of humanity and what is achievable for malevolent masters whose only desire is power and greed. Education empowers your strengths and allows you to excel in all the right areas that embrace your uniqueness.

Related reading: How This Simple Educational Model Can Change the World

Illiteracy in the coming decades will be restricted to those who have confined, conditioned minds; to those who…

  • cannot detach from the medical mindset which insists on injecting infants with vaccines or prescribing medications for every problem labeled as a disease
  • feel they must obey every law issued by government no matter how ridiculous or contrary to logical reasoning or destructive to human nature.
  • feel a federally or centrally governed nation maintains or advances human societies
  • think government intrusion in our natural world is normal
  • think our elected leaders always have our best interests at heart.
  • think voting is actually part of the effective democratic process of an elected leader
  • feel it’s ok for our politicians to legislate to ban all weapons from the public, yet feel it’s perfectly fine to bomb other countries into oblivion.
  • still believe that the safety of a nation trumps free will and the freedom of choice.
  • see genetically modified foods and our toxic food industry as a reasonable element in sustainable health
  • see limitations everywhere, from earth’s resources to the potential and strength of humanity.

These are the confined minds who can’t think outside the box they are in. They are so stuck in that box, that it takes a profound event to shake their reality so that they can at least see they’re inside a box. They will be the illiterate who we must help to deprogram if they are to ever survive the coming age. The visionaries and game changers of our world don’t even think inside or outside the box… they simply throw out the box and revolutionize the way we think about ourselves and our planet.

In 2011, a brilliant comment from an elementary school student hit home just as facilitators were gathering opinions and impressions about education. Commenting on what she thought about education and how it could be modified to teach children better, 11 year-old Julia Williams from a Grade 6 class said:

“I don’t like school because they take everything I’m good at and tell me I can’t do it anymore. I just want to once be able to do the things I’m good at like drawing and writing stories. I want to do it all day because I can think better than when I do stuff like math. Shouldn’t I be able to really like or even love what I do when I come here?They should help kids do what they know how to do best and I think the rest… I mean all the other subjects will just work out, and if they don’t, well… then they’re just not that important.”

Related reading: Raising Awake Children in a Broken School System

Deprogramming and Deschooling Children

For future generations to learn what society has become, why we have the problems we do in the world, and why adults never progress beyond many of their mistakes, it will be necessary to move out of the current educational paradigm and into a new one. This will involve a systematic deprogramming and deschooling of all children in developed nations.

In a sense, children are psychologically conditioned to fail and lose hope. Fear of failure breeds inaction and hopelessness. It’s a vicious cycle. When children lack hope, they will fear failure. When they fear failure, they will never act. They then take this formula with them and apply it in all instances of their lives. The result is that they never develop a positive mindset to hope for the best and that determines their reality. Only the strongest children who are empowered by their parents can break free from this slave mindset so prevalent in educational institutions.

Deschooling takes children out of schools, but, unlike a lot of home-school approaches, it doesn’t import the classroom into the home. It does away altogether with educational clutter such as curricula and grades.

Deschoolers maintain that a child’s learning should be curiosity-driven rather than dictated by teachers and textbooks, and that forcing kids to adhere to curricula quashes their natural inclination to explore and ask questions.

Deschooled children can organize their knowledge in free and better ways. They never need to feel they are through learning, or past the point that they can begin something new. Each thing they discover can be useful eventually. If we help provide them with ever-changing opportunities to see, hear, smell, taste, feel, move and discuss, what they know will exceed in breadth and depth what any school’s curriculum would have covered. It won’t be the same set of materials — it will be clearer and larger but different.

Related reading: Why Every Parent Should Consider Unschooling

It is the deschooled generation who will have the least chances of illiteracy in the future. They will have expanded minds, embracing concepts that are impossible for limited minds to comprehend. They are our future leaders and visionaries who will pave the path for a new earth. And it’s coming soon.

About the author:

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science, and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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  • Nicole

    This article is a good start at what has to be unlearned. Every thing we have been taught, excepted as truth, programmed beliefs/thoughts/perceptions, are all false. This is going to be an exciting time for some and not so exciting for others.

  • russ

    biggest bunch of BS I have read yet. People always want to change the education system, there is an old saying if it aint broke don’t fix it. kids have to learn life isn’t a bed of roses and discipline is a requirement of life it cannot be all fun and games. the old tried and true teaching methods put man on the moon, invented computers and a host of other high tech toys

    • Then they most certainly failed with you didn’t they? You proved it by your illiteracy, and through your disrespect for English language and grammar. The style of your rantings can be read as contemptuous of those who frequent this site in search of knowledge which can be used to inform them on matters of interest.

      It’s not the education system that enables innovative technology, it’s the rare individual who dares to see things as they might be, and not as they are imposed upon us by those with a vested social or economic interest.

      It’s obvious that you haven’t the faintest intellectual understanding of the points raised in this article, so I guess that eliminates you from the discussion, Troll!

      • russ

        In my 80 years I have seen so called education experts screw up 2 generations by changing the way things are done. my advice to parents if you can’t afford private school, home school they will get a better education instead of the new feel good system. and by the way only about a third of family’s have home computers,so saying every thing is on the internet will not do them any good

  • Sabell

    Some interesting and agreeable points for sure. This part is true to some degree.. “Fear of failure breeds inaction and hopelessness. It’s a vicious cycle. When children lack hope, they will fear failure. When they fear failure, they will never act.” I have a different experience here:

    I knew I would fail in school starting in 3rd grade when my awareness of the system became quite acute. I would fail because as a child I had different ideas of what education meant and what I valued as meaningful in life, and the educational system had very little to do with what I valued as important. I had no fear of failure, in fact, I understood quite well that I would fail in ‘the system’; there was no hope for success but rather a knowing of failure therefore, no fear. I knew and know my values are important to me regardless of others’ opinions of ‘educating’ or rather ‘indoctrinating’ belief/control systems. As a child I knew I would not be understood or heard by anyone including my parents, siblings, and extended family let alone any transient ‘friend’ (we moved a lot). So I lived in my own world until I became old enough to ‘live’ my own world without threat of retaliation from others’ controlled ideas and beliefs. I never feared failure for I knew I would fail, and I acted on my own creativity quietly = meaning on my own time, in the safety of my own mind’s world, rarely losing my self; acting outwardly as the system would have me do, and inwardly as I knew to be truth to me – a safety mechanism for sure. I created my own formula of ‘acting’ (there was quite a bit of that, hardly the inaction or hopelessness quoted above, in fact, I had great hope that as soon as I moved out of the house, life would be lived by me). So, acting as the world would have me do until it was safe (until I was old enough to move out of the house and create my own individual home at an accountable age – usually 16-18 depending on the laws of either one of the 50 U.S. land masses in which a person lives) to no longer acting, but living = free, finally being me.

    Continued.. “They then take this formula with them and apply it in all instances of their lives. The result is that they never develop a positive mindset to hope for the best and that determines their reality.” I created my own formula and was positive in knowing as soon as I left the family/system I would be free and be able to finally bring my self out into the world. I never gave up on myself, only acted as the world would have me while ‘in’ the system, and being ‘me’ as soon as I left the family/system. With the support of family, I would not have had to create my own internal world, but would have felt safe and nurtured. As this was not the case, I had to be fierce and patient in my own creative world until it could be brought out into the world away from a destructive and controlled household family. Hardly hopeless, but rather very hopeful for a future in freedom of living as my true self in the age of accountability. My reality is now as my mind held then = beautiful and free, nurtured and loved even in hardship = a positive mindset for sure with much hope.

    “Only the strongest children who are empowered by their parents can break free from this slave mindset so prevalent in educational institutions.” I would rephrase this disempowering statement to be more like this, “All children and adults who are empowered by their own creative selves can break free from a slave mindset pastly instilled by educational ‘institutions’.” I write to add another understanding to the vastness of experience in humanity of all ages who live with this earth, in and on this world. There are so many different experiences as there are various and gloriously beautiful people in this world. Each of us has strength, weakness, abilities beyond our current structured systematized world that include various and vast creative awareness to transmute, transform, appreciate, live, and improve our lives. The time is always right, but not always ready for some things. When the time is ready change is imminent and freedom is allowed. A bit silly I think, but keeps a sort of peace. Change can be forced, but then there is much strain, stress, violence, retaliation, and all manner of “un” peaceful actions. These are things to consider.

    Survival is one thing; wisdom in knowing the time would soon be for my freedom in living my creative life vs. discerning and patiently waiting for that time would allow my survival rather than sure death in expressing myself too soon to those who do not allow or agree, it is for me to be living now rather than dying too young in freedom of my own accord outside the controlled system of structured learning and outside structured systematized living in general. I am my own individual and I now live free. It is unfortunate that so many children live under such mechanized systems of scrutiny that feed them boxed goods like a rat in a cage to conform to a silly rule. My experience was of that while living in freedom in my mind until I could bring my mind’s world forth safely into the tangible world. If I did not care for myself, I would have allowed horrors to unfold on me while rebuking and debuking a system. I knew that time and age of accountability would allow me to live freely later, so I chose that. Reforming a family was not my task; they must do that of their own free will. You do what you will without harm to others. It is past time for the system to change for sure. It is easier with support. Support is strength. Support can give children strength. I had no support, yet I am strong in my self and I know my worth. I live a beautiful and healthy life regardless of the constructs that were and that currently are. I am my true self and free. So what of that? It is a different and valid experience to consider.

    • Mark Petrey

      Only a few escape the system.
      Thank you Sabell for your extended poignant thought.