Education in Modern Society

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Education in Modern Society
Education can be seen in society as a key ingredient to having a successful and extraordinary life, which is an undeniable fact that cannot be contended. It is composed of a source of information and a method of conversion (or decoding) of said information. Some may argue that education can be given in different ways, some being radical while others being more conservative. Others see it as being biased towards a certain kind of social or ethnical group, and even gender groups, while another crowd might argue that it is actually fair for everyone. A specific group could say that some forms of education can be meaningless, while others possibly will interpret it in a wrong way, although a group of scholars might find a deeper meaning for it. Ken Kesey, author of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, uses various themes, characters and symbols to describe that he believes education can influence mental instability among certain people. Other authors are far more direct about their views and opinions on the same matter, for instance Jon Spayde argues in his short essay “Learning in the Key of Life” that informal education can lead to a rich and full life, one that formal education could possibly not reach; and then we have Christina Hoff Sommers, who carefully and logically contradicts the feminist belief that girls are treated poorly in schools and universities by arguing that they actually have far more advantages than boys in today’s society in her short essay titled “The War Against Boys”. Ken Kesey expresses throughout his book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” that education can lead in some cases to mental instability. Kesey illustrates it in such a way through his narrator, Chief Bromden by writing “I want to look at one of the books, but I’m scared to. I’m scared to do anything. I feel like I am floating in the dusty yellow air of the library, halfway to the bottom, halfway to the top. The stacks of books teeter above me, crazy, zigzagging, running all different angles to one another” (157). The author indicates with Chief Bromden, a character that is in a mental institution, how visual his mental instability is pertaining books from his college years by picturing them having their own motion. Kesey describes the books as being frightening which can point out that he believes people who have a mental illness might look at a book or other source of information and be scared at the fact that it drove them into sickness and misbehavior. He indicates that his character is in a zone with lack of gravity, representing that he does not feel as if he has control of some of his movements. It also implies that the facility where the source of information resides is filled with a sort of toxic gas, which signifies that the atmosphere around a learning facility can nauseate one to the point of hallucinatory episodes. Kesey then immediately proceeds to validate his argument at the same moment with Bromden and his view of the books by illustrating: “Some of them are leaning over me, and I don’t see how the books keep from falling out. It goes up and up this way, clear out of sight, the rickety stacks nailed together with slats and two-by-fours. Propped up with poles, leaning against ladders, on all sides of me. If I pulled one book out, lord knows what awful thing might result”. (157) It is important to note that everything seems to be dangerously placed, giving in clear detail an almost cartoonish view of the books and its stacks. The stacks of books on all sides of the character might imply a form of a controlling being overlooking from every direction, while it might seem fragile as it is formed by various pieces, one recognizes it’s power, and might feel dwarfed by it. Viewing static objects as having motion can be seen as a form of mental instability, as most people can comprehend that most items cannot change their form, grow tall or defy gravity. Kesey is trying to illustrate that people who...
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