I don’t blame all teachers for the horrible state of education today. I know many teachers who had good intentions coming into their job but who quickly realized they need to follow the party line in teaching their students if they want to keep that job.
My high school track coach Chris Ruff used to tell me “Derek, it’s all smoke and mirrors. You’ve figured it out earlier than most. But you’ve got to play along now.” My English teacher Mrs. Schelhorse tried her best to give me leniency to do my own things but she was limited by the standards set in place by the district.
I was reading Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Ayn Rand, and Dostoevsky but when the school said “put those down and read this instead” my teacher didn’t have much room to argue. I asked myself then, “when everyone is doing one thing and getting mediocre results, what’s the harm in trying to do something totally different?”
Of course, some teachers are just nasty charlatans who don’t care for their students one bit and exist to perpetuate the system. I had more of these than not growing up.