Pot Head’s a rural area high school teacher who does drugs with his students. He holds degrees in education, sociology, and psychology and has been using marijuana, opium, and psychedelic mushrooms in the classroom for years. He argues that many teenagers are experimenting with even harder drugs in a destructive manner, distracting them from schoolwork, causing them to skip classes, fail and drop out. However, when introduced correctly in an educational context, certain plants can provide a passion for knowledge and introspection. They create an open, fun, and loving atmosphere in which true communication can be built between fellow students and teachers alike. 99% of Pot Head’s special life skills class graduates go onto college; all other teachers see improvement in grades, behavior, and notice a genuine love for learning among his students. His classroom approach is simple but unorthodox: Comfortable swivel seats in a circle. No tables, textbooks, boards, papers, pens or other distractions from true education. Just many young minds perfectly aligned glancing excitedly with curious eyes.
Pot Head closes the door and takes his equal seat in the circle. “Welcome to Life Skills. As you all know We’re going to be taking drugs and talking in this class. We’ll be going on mushroom field trips, writing opium poetry, smoking pot and discussing Our thoughts, and that’s about it. No notes, no syllabus, no homework but books you choose and only one rule: Truth. Everyone must swear they’ll only speak their true feelings in this classroom. Education is not memorizing information; it’s knowledgeable exploration of yourselves. What I want to teach you here is the truth about yourselves, so if you lie to each other or me, it disadvantages Us all. Speak honestly and if We touch on subjects you wish not to talk about, simply say so and We’ll move on.
First of all you’ll notice We’re sitting in a circle - the one, and only suitable seating configuration for a classroom. Sitting in rows facing front takes focus off each other and places it on fantasy objectives. Switching to rows of separate desks came about during the industrial age with motives focused not on education theory, but toward creating a populous pre-accustomed to a factory-like setting. Nowadays nothing has changed and it can’t because there are too many students, too few true teachers, and too little funding. So it serendipitously happens that the state enforces banker-hour school days, five days a week, with standardized testing, textbooks, and curriculums designed to compete students against all others for high grades and praise from the boss at the black board; then after school are often required to continue their competitive development in the wonderful sports programs, universally allocated more money than the arts.
From 1852-1918 state education was optional in the US. Then after that it was mandatory only for 9-12 year olds, 10-12 weeks a year, and even that was met with extreme opposition. They've slowly lengthened the time and age range until now 4 year olds are in preschool and 26 year old doctors are still being indoctrinated.