We don’t need no education.
We don’t need no thought control.
“Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd
Perhaps these uncomfortable aspects of questioning may help to explain some of the wasted time and motion surrounding a thinking curriculum.
When rock musicians create songs about bricks in the wall and mind control, we might dismiss them and their satires as hyperbolic reactions of delinquents and dropouts, but embedded in such songs are some disturbing truths about schooling as training for work on assembly lines and fast food restaurants. Pink Floyd’s lyrics, along with those of Paul Simon, warn of education as regimentation, transmission of culture and indoctrination. They hint darkly that schooling is too often about compliance, submission and conformity.
When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It’s a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn’t hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall
“Kodachrome” by Paul Simon