If we teach something that a student only uses when asked to, or its use is restricted to the context of the classroom for example, then it is highly likely that this newly acquired information is useless.
This idea seems to be a subtle aspect of Guessing the teacher’s password, where the student recognises the context and requirements of the school, and more importantly, of the education system as a whole, and therefore learns to play the game of jumping through hoops, which he may become quite proficient at.
I sat with my young cousin and her parents as we tried in all our collective wisdom, to give her appropriate advice on writing a job application. It was during these attempts at second guessing what her would-be employer might be expecting from a 16 year-old with no work experience, that I realised it was all just another convoluted exercise in hoop-jumping, albeit, an initial foray into the world of professional hoop-jumping.
As a logical extension of the institutionalised hoop-jumping evident in the school system and entrenched in the workplace, it occurs to me that it is only natural that the art establishment share similar hoop-jumping-based values.
The artist’s C.V is the appendix of the art world organism, and it is in these evolutionary vestiges that we are able to conclude the ancestral importance of our collective hoop-jumping ability, almost as if we were reading the future from a small clump of soggy tea leaves at the bottom of an old, stained mug with a broken handle.
In this respect, every school has the unsurprisingly uncanny knack for producing outstanding athletes. The only problem is that most of these children are unaware that phys-ed is the only class where they will not be graded on their hoop-jumping prowess.
Another issue is that just like in every high school based film ever made, there are some unfortunate kids, who, for whatever reason, were not made for propelling themselves through circular objects. Such individuals are placed in a lose/lose situation, as it is impossible to jump through the hoops ironically, or as part of some meta game, without having to actually jump through them.
Countries and their governments are required to demonstrate strict hoop-jumping form in a sort of pre-olympic games, in order for the judges to decide who will get to host the Olympics themselves, which will feature many jumping-based sports, and whose official logo is a bunch of hoops, although the two will not coincide as a televised event.
The first man on the moon was actually the greatest hoop-jumper who ever lived.