Currently in the midst of researching for my Playwriting MA dissertation, I’m looking into things I didn’t know much about before. At the moment the core focus of my dissertation is Social Psychology and so I’m expanding my knowledge of that field. In doing so, I recently stumbled upon a YouTube channel I’d been trying to find for a while. It was one of those moments where I’d seen a few of the videos before but in a loss of memory had forgotten the name of the channel. While researching Social Psychology I once again found it and made sure to subscribe. That channel is Crash Course, here’s why you should all subscribe too…
Crash Course was created by two of my biggest idols; Hank Green and John Green aka Vlogbrothers. Both have created some of the greatest things to have graced the internet and John has long been one of the most crucial and favored of my writing influences. Therefore it brightens my heart even more to know that Crash Course is again a genius creation of theirs. Crash Course is, in simple terms, an educational YouTube channel that breaks down some of the most essential aspects of history/science/humanities/philosophy etc into perfectly digestible videos. Search through their channel and I guarantee you will find a discussion on a topic you’re looking to know more about.
But why is this important? Because institution led education does not have to be the end of our learning, yet too many people see it as exactly that. Truthfully speaking our education, personally, culturally, socially, historically never ends… as long as our minds are open to such development. This is why channels and websites like Crash Course are so critical to the progression of our world and the societies that are a part of it, and by extension the people who are affected by the views of that society. So much of our educational development is overlooked and undermined as ‘not important’ or ‘insubstantial’ because it doesn’t immediately affect ones future life… or so they believe. This goes for a lot of what I believe to be essential elements in the creation of a well-informed adult. Drama, Literature, Media, Music, Art, History. All subjects that have been played about with, mocked for their significance and/or had some of it’s biggest influencers omitted from its curriculum. All are incredibly important but even within these overlooked subjects they are split into the ‘theoretical’ or ‘intelligent’ ones and the ‘creative’ or ‘easier’ subjects. The ‘intelligent’ ones primarily being History, and occasionally Literature. The ‘easier’ subjects being Drama, Media, Music and Art. Why is this?
Well we’re often told that the ‘easier’ subjects are just a bit of fun, that they don’t do anything productive, and merely contribute to the encouragement of jobs that aren’t ‘real jobs’. Because of this misguided and heavily incorrect belief many schools have a heavier focus on more ‘scholarly’ lessons, so it isn’t unusual for someone to leave school being proficient in a certain amount of things, but lacking in others. I mean, generally speaking, that is what happens, some people will always know more about some things and less about others. HOWEVER there is only so much a school can teach someone inside those years, even if they feel like they are never ending. So whether that school is intentionally retaining teachings about certain things or subjects or not there will always be substantially important aspects lost on us.
That’s where Crash Course and websites and concepts like it come in and help out a lot. To have a competent platform where people can simply log onto their computers, and in 3 minutes (for kids) or 10 minutes (for all else) learn a huge amount condensed into the best summary of that subject possible. Of course, as a BA graduate, and current MA student it would be rather self destructive for me to say higher education is made useless by it, because it really isn’t. Higher education gives people the opportunity to meet equal minded people and to focus very specifically on a subject they’re passionate about in a way they haven’t been allowed before. Crash Course and concepts like it, however, provide a smaller ‘beginners’ explanation to many historical events and subjects that we may not have the time to research as intently. The more we can learn, the more we can open our minds, the more we can be inspired, the more we can spark interest into a new passion. With Crash Course you can learn a mixture of different subjects, different elements and historical events that enhances your general knowledge and possibly improves your perspective on aspects of the world.
There are a lot of prejudices, and heightened emotions that us, as humans, sometimes show because of our lack of knowledge in certain areas or naivety. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not justifying Racism, Sexism, Ageism or any form of unwarranted prejudice, but I do believe there could be a dramatic decline if people just knew more about the things they chose to judge.
The last thing I want to clarify is that I am not condemning the way schools teach. I think I was taught really quite well in my school and uni, and a lot of people do learn so much from their time in school. But there are things that are naturally or intentionally left out, for those times and for those that keep themselves curious, there are website and channels like Crash Course.
This is also not a sponsor, Crash Course is just an incredibly useful tool, presented simply while also with great intellect that could help a lot of people.
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