Il nostro angolo

“Ignorance is the root of all evil” di Paola Gardin

Pubblichiamo un altro testo in lingua inglese di Paola Gardin (III A linguistico) con la speranza che nei prossimi anni scolastici possano essere dati alle stampe nuovi contributi in inglese e in tutte le lingue (anche classiche, perché no?) insegnate nella nostra scuola.


Ignorance is the root of all evil. That is: the more one learns, the more one knows. The more one knows, the easier it is to empathize with others. The more one’s mind is open, the less ignorant one becomes and, as a result, the least likely one is to make evils towards others. That is because, as a matter of facts, blissful ignorance can lead to hate, war, crime and even murder.

Now, how can we stop evil? If ignorance is the problem, the solution has to be upbringing, right? In order to do that, education should be actually effective; I should be able to know and understand myself first, and just after that I could start looking at the outside world.

But I don’t think that the currently adopted Italian school system (but also the previous one and the systems of many other countries, too) is sufficiently effective in providing this type of personal growth to such a peculiar slice of the population that are adolescents. It should be noteworthy how, worldwide, many students are not satisfied with the quality of the education they are receiving. I, personally, am not.

I am not satisfied because, honestly speaking, more than half of the things we learn are useless. If I wanted to learn a language, the fastest way would be to live in a native-speaking country, but not all people can afford it. And I still can’t see why Mathematics is considered that important, because nobody actually stops to explain things thoroughly.

Another problem in our school system is that (I can’t stress this enough) homework takes too much time. My mother came into my room yelling at me because I was at the desk, studying and writing school assignments the whole day. Today is Sunday. I don’t think it’s normal. I cried while copying my Biology notes because I realised I was wasting my youth doing meaningless things, filling up my head with rambling thoughts and worthless notions. Don’t get me wrong, I like learning about Literature and Philosophy, but 11 years of doing homework everyday killed all my passion for learning. Studying has begun to feel more like an obligation, rather than a pleasure.

In a little more than six months I will be 18, almost an adult, and I am absolutely terrified. I don’t know how to vote, I don’t know what I want to do in life, I have no idea how to buy a house or find a job or pay taxes. Aren’t these things important? Yet school refuses to teach us how to survive.

It’s not a surprise that so many people are ignorant: they think they know everything, when actually they have learned only through their personal experience. They aren’t aware of the endless possibilities life has to offer.
In the end, if schooling was born to raise awareness in an increasingly young population, starting as a way to erase the disparity between social classes, to establish respect based on empathy for one another and, most importantly, to instil a passion and love for learning, why is it that I don’t see it working?