Here in Orange County rain rarely hits. There is the “raining” season that hits every once in awhile and then the random rain storm that hits hard. Due to our lack of experience with rain storms, we tend to underestimate its power and fail to prepare accordingly. Our streets become flooded due to the lack of proper drainage, houses are taken out by mudslides and water damage, and entire low leveled areas essentially become swimming pools.
Yearly the county is hit constantly by this cycle, with hard rains become more frequent with each one. But there is still no solution to completely fixing the problem, only dampening the effects. Due to technology there are satellite radars that can predict rain storms based off of changes in the atmosphere, there is usually a wide window to get ready for rainfall. There are attempts such as sandbagging to hold back water, drainage in the street to prevent flooding, and the knowledge of being careful/leaving early.
But to no avail. There are still countless accidents across freeways and local streets from cars driving too fast or running late. Sewer drainage is not located on every street and even then, they are too small to put up with the overwhelming flood. Sandbags are able to hand the job but distribution and labor that goes into it proves inefficient for many.
It is interesting in how society’s incapabilities to handle large storms and rain relates to more of its underlying problems. Likewise to how we prepare for floods, how America prepares students for college and the public world is strongly comparable.
The rain. The main even that will occur, it is the condition of the student after they exit schooling. The scholar knows it is coming, but sometimes unexplainable things can push it back or have it come sooner.
The preparation. This is the part where all the time is put in and efforts made in order to ensure that the rain will come with no issues and happiness as stress is avoided. This is the schooling, education, character-building, and personality building that American schools serve. Here is where all the labor, effort, and thought goes into to make sure that once schooling is over, the ability to do things like earn jobs and flow through the rest of life is simple and easy. As the job of setting up the sandbags, storm drain, and mental preparedness, it is all done to ensure a safe and issue-less rainfall.
Focusing on the three main points of preparedness, they could also be comparable to the idea of schooling. The storm drain represents the students taking in the information learned in class and lessons thought. Sandbags are the wall that keep the stress and mindset of grades for college and the future out. Lastly, the mental capability to prepare for the rain and get ready for what is to come is the same for schooling as well. Students need to know their end goal, what they want to be, and how to get there and hopefully have a good time while doing it.
Creating this analogy linking the two ideas together, the two also share the same problems. Noted above, some storm drains are smaller and can’t take as much rain as much as others. Comparable to students, not everyone has the same educational capacity to hold and retain information that is shoved down their throats which many schools use as their technique. The idea of needing to memorize useless material that will never be applicable later on in life and usually just gets drained out of a person, like the water out of the sewer.
Similarly, sandbags help keep the water out but lots of labor and time must go into setting them up, which is painstakingly difficult due to its weight. The ability for a study to maintain their stress levels and have their mindset focused on schooling is just as hard. Sometimes, students want to slip a little and have fun, but in the end, the idea that they need to stay on track in order to prepare for the future takes away from this. Lastly, the idea students need to be mentally ready for what is to come is sadly forced. Without the motivation or will to prepare oneself, there is the stigma and feeling that they would fail or ultimately have a huge disadvantage in the end.
But there is always a solution. Sewer drainage could be expanded to be larger so it can hold more water. Sandbags could be replaced with new inventions that take much less work and could help in much more areas. Mindsets can be change to be more open and free, less stressed on what is coming, but on living in the moment.
Expanding sewer drainage is comparable to expanding students’ learning using different techniques. Different methods from the constant memorizing that plagues modern education that could help expand our knowledge more than memorizing ever did. New methods on sandbag is analogous to putting less effort and pain into maintaining ones’ stress by creating easier solutions such as less homework, pressure from parents, and extracurriculars. Moving the mindset is like changing the stigma of only focusing on schoolwork.
To conclude, the real underlying problem in society is school and the notion that we need to be set on this path in order to be successful and “happy” by the time we finish school. If we don’t, we apparently will get washed away and all the work was useless. This is not how it should be compared. Students should be able to take their own path, differ from how school teaches them to learn and do things, and create their own idea on what being successful is.