Assassination Classroom is Education With an Edge

Hi guys, Posadist Pacman here. Coming at you loud and proud with yet another shonen ronin analysis video If you like this channel and want to support it. please click the like button and the subscribe button down below because that REALLY does help us get our message across. and also please come over to my channel and to subscribe to me and like my videos because I’m a hopeless narcissist as I always say and I love the little bit of self validation I get when you click that BIG red button anyway today we’re going to be talking about one of my favorite shows of all-time and trust me the writing team has delivered an absolute masterpiece which I have edited and recorded for your listening pleasure Nevertheless I bid you, welcome to Assassination Classroom Lets go! Intelligence is most powerful when used to
accumulate wisdom over time rather than just solving problems in the moment. Such is the joy of teaching; that this very
wisdom can be passed on to the next generation and build up to be transferred to the next
generations after that It’s much like the skill or the quirk whatever you want to call it One for All In the My Hero Academia Series. Which is why I think Academia is just as important to the title as the “My Hero” part. To quote Pause and Select “the next generation
grows by working in tandem with the previous generation”. This is what gives humanity its strength But there was a series that came before MHA
that explored the concept of education through shounen battle much more in depth, and is
as good if not greater than MHA in my opinion. I’m of course talking about one of those most underrated gems The show known as Assassination Classroom. Otherwise known by the cultured as ASS Class Know before we go into the meat of this show, can I just say… the BANGERS of openings that this series has is amazing and of course the animation and the character designs now I know we’re going to go into a huge pile of philosophical stuff but I wanted to put that out there as my own opinion because this is just amazing anyway, hopefully Cal, my colleague who runs the editing operation here at Shonen Ronin will put in some lovely examples as we keep talking But anyways lets start out with the analysis shall we Back during the ancient and I mean ANCIENT
times of about 6 years ago there was a video that spread around the net of a young man
named Jeff Bliss. An absolute revolutionary comrade of a badass If you would just get up and teach’em Instead of just handing them a frickin packet, Yo There are kids in here who don’t learn like that Teacher: “bye” They need to learn face to face Teacher: “bye” You want kids to come in your class. You Want them to get excited You got come in here and make them excited you want a kid to change, to start doing better you gotta touch his frickin heart can’t expect a kid to change if all you do is just tell him you see, Jeff had a bit of an issue with his teacher;
that issue being that she was lazy AF and she was by her own admission only there for a paycheck. This exchange speaks to one of the fundamental
but often overlooked struggles of the human condition, and that is that we aren’t certain
what education means and what it is. What it’s for Even collectively speaking, We have no idea how to define it You would think this would be obvious and
simple but if you know how homo-sapiens are you know then you know they’re not exactly capable when it comes to addressing this whole agency diabolic. So I want to look back at the origins of education
to see where it comes from to help us begin to explore where it may be headed in the future. Well thermo-nuclear revolution is where we’re inevitably headed guys but that is my own policy agenda, but I’ll get to that later *clears throat* moving on.. We begin with the birth of writing, not because
it was the first time people taught or learned something but because it was the beginning of
history as we know it so it’s the oldest time we can go back and know exactly what
people were thinking, although I’m sure this issue stretches even further back to be honest. About 6000 years ago, with the development
of literacy, you see that the first priority was record keeping- preserving of the immediate
past for the immediate here and now. Say there was a young farmer- we’ll call
him Bob, the most stereotypical english name almost no one has for an ancient sumerian- but anyway
Bob comes into the palace with 20 barrels of wheat and to be honest, I don’t know where he got the technology to build barrels I’m pretty sure they would just use boxes or bundles in a wagon or something… but anyway getting past that but the elites need to know how much a barrel is, and they need to know how much stuff they actually have but they need to keep record of how many barrels they have so they need to get a scribe. This scribe comes in lets call her Sarah Never mind it was probably impossible that a woman would be holding any form of educated position in ancient Sumeria but we’re all about gender equality here at Shonen Ronin And so Sarah takes note of the 20 barrels and Bob can now be on his way. Happy in the knowledge of a job well done The next day, Sarah, who is a clever girl
™ realizes that if she’s the only one who can read she has some real power (this
by the way is why women often weren’t taught to read). In most ancient cultures, but anyway moving on Bob comes into the palace again ready to beg
the king for forgiveness since he won’t have enough wheat to pay his taxes he realizes. Sarah who has no love for the elites either
since they’re still sitting around doing nothing tells Bob not to worry about and that
she’ll take care of it in exchange for a future favor. And thus political corruption is born. I love how we go for the whole progressive angle and then turn around and WRENCH the knife in Sarah is the birth of political corruption BOOOOOO Okay probably not the greatest example, moving on And so a 6000 year long battle between elites
and everyone else begins. My kind of party if you ask me Who getseducated? What type of education do they get? What is education for? In Sumeria the elites fought back with Eunuchs
But now the Eunuchs have influence and not unlike Varyes from Game of Thrones they become
masters of whispers, being the ones whole really write the laws and letters. This role of the literate as the interpreters
who make the rules took place all the way up into even the Napoleonic Era with pieces
of garbage like Talleyrand. In the Persian culture this was the Viziers,
like Jafaar in Aladdin (to use a modern example). They were noble but they were well educated
and thus extremely powerful and as such were used to curb the power of the aristocracy. The Church and Priest in the Christian realm
served a similar function in addition to their powers over the spiritual realm of society. This was all nothing less than an educational
arms race. Those who could get there guy educated would
put him in position to not only have a better material life but to enact their will. But this view obfuscates a big aspect of what
writing and education does to people- it makes them more creative and instills a desire to
self express. This comes in conflict with the attitude “we’re
going to give you the skills we want you to have so that you’ll do what we want you
to do”. They make have paid for your education, they
may have even birth you with a specific purpose in mind, but sorry they went and wrote some
epic poetry instead. Or maybe they went and started some freaking
cult that turns into a major religion, or maybe they retire to the countryside to write
daoist or epicurean philosophy all day. Or god forbid they write pulp or fan fiction,
to us a more modern example. This is the tension of educating people, the
fear that they’re use their knowledge to do the wrong thing. or in other words, the opposite of what they want. though to be fair its exactly like those uh its exactly like the right wing morons say *Shrill Voice* The Liberals are infiltrating our schools damn right we are, but we’re not liberals. we’re communist and we’re coming for you It’s clear to me that all of Assassination
Classroom, but the first part especially, is about this debate between Chairmen Asano’s
“Indoctrination” versus Koro-Sensei’s “Education”. Many of the antagonist of the series have
an obsession with perfecting their pedagogy. In addition to the guy who raised Itona, you
have more down to earth and arguably more freighting example. In Hiromi Shiota, that being Nagisa’s abusive mother,
while being a minor character shows just how real and personal such struggles are for all
our characters, and in turn lets us not only feel empathy but also see it’s not just
the super villains of the world but often our very own family who have nothing to lose
but their pride that help perpetuate dangerous and exploitative cultures. “You’re not good enough” is the foundation
indoctrination and every society that inevitably destroys itself. Chairman Asano embodied the idea of the importance
of maintaining the status quo and the results it brings. In the past he had believed in a more Confucian
attitude towards teaching which regards growing the inherent good inside people as the most
important thing, as if people are raised well the result can only be good. The problem came when some of the “Good”
he raised died to the “Evil” of bullies and by proxy the modern world. The chairman had a reactionary response, believing
the problem was that he failed by not raising his kids to be “strong” instead of Good. He became a man that only cared about fashioning
students as products with a certain end goal in mind rather than people. Through this way he wouldn’t have to take
on the pain and in his mind the responsibility of what happens to his students. “I’m just preparing them for the world
as it is. If they die it’s simply because they we’re
strong enough. It’s not my fault, it’s theirs.” That mindset needed to be killed. The absolute genius of Assassination Classroom
in my eyes is showing the absolute absurdity of indoctrination through it’s premise. The best way to change somebody’s frame
of mind is through comedy as it slips past our natural defenses. The idea of shaping a bunch of children into
assassins sounds horrific out of context, but when you make the target an unkillable
super being who also happens to have the children’s best interest at heart you not only ease the
tension off such an idea but show the absurdity of trying to mold children for a specific
profession for your own sake. Through the contrast of seeing a society trying
to train children to kill someone who genuinely cares for them while that person is a goofy
octopus with a painted on smile who loves big boobs and is a constantly moving target
we are first to learn the value of questioning assumptions, predicting the future with the
knowledge we have on hand, and the importance of learning history so as to not fall for
the elites narrative. We learn right along with the characters,
because that in itself is the power of story, a power that has its roots in the education
and self expression of an author who choose the path he most enjoyed in life. In case it hasn’t become clear education
is in a bit of a crisis around the world, as the Prussian model of education only seems
to either kill people as in East Asia’s case or produces a gaggle of idiot citizens
and teachers who are only there for a paycheck as in the western case. Assassination Classroom has an answer but
to understand it we’re going to have to compare and contrast the different educational
systems throughout the years. Ancient Greece was one of the first where
due to the structure of their government you didn’t just have scribes but rather there
was a grab-bag attempt to educate everyone, because in a direct democracy where any land-owning
male could potentially become ruler you would want all of them to be at least decently educated. Tutor people to be the best, wise, most civil
versions of themselves and good shall prosper. This was, as Cicero later referred to it,
the humanist education. Another time you had a push for mass education
of a population was during the protestant reformation due to the fact that the printing
press allowed for everyone to be able to read the bible for themselves. Some of the early settlers to the United States
were Puritans who brought this belief in education with them. So we can see that religion and education
have long been intertwined. But this creates a problem of education and
obedience to authority becoming intertwine, bringing us back to the tension between the
elites and the individual, only now the elites are in fact the indoctrinated masses themselves,
which in turn helps affect our political system to prefer representative governments. East Asia for it’s part seems to be going
back to the classical Confucian model which was always tied to obedience towards authority
despite some of its more progressive elements. Standardization, Mandatory, memory-based are
the phrases that best describe education today. Is this enough, and more importantly is this
right? Everyone in the Assassination Classroom had
their own reason for being there as well as their own strengths and weaknesses. It started out as just a means for many to
gain money, or give them something to do or otherwise achieve some unrelated goal they
had due to outside pressure and influence, and not learning for its own sake or because
it’s what they wanted to do. This is what made the Civil War between the
Kill vs Save side so thematically important. Is having a personalized Aristotle enough? Can we really continue on the same path when
cute A.I like Ritsu exist? It all comes back to that all important second
principle of the shounen aesthetic: To impart both a mentality of gratitude and respect
towards the ideas of the predecessors and after respect is established to instill a
“fire” to forge your own path. Those who can’t harbor a second blade aren’t
qualified to be assassins. Each assassin has a different style, but they
all carry that initial blade of gratitude and that second blade of ambition. A teacher uses their wisdom and helps you
find your target, and gives you the tools to go after it with all you got, but the choice
to pull the trigger is always yours.A teacher prepared to die, and a student prepared to
kill, a Shounen battle education like that, That is the future. Thanks for watching guys please click the like button and the subscribe button down below for more Shonen Ronin videos and of course come subscribe to my channel as well because, hey, I bring out anime content as well just not as often as these guys anyway thanks for watching, I’ve been Posadist Pacman This has been the writing of the lovely fellows at Shonen Ronin The lovely editing of Calliope The lovely writing style of HxH2011DRA I bid you a good day, a good night, and a good morning wherever you are PEACE

5 thoughts on “Assassination Classroom is Education With an Edge”

  1. Btw fun fact I noticed while rewatching the series that while the common abbreviation is assclass it's much more on team oppai. Take that for what you will

  2. noice , even though the chronology is off because of the lack of the shounen aesthetic video (sorry for bringing this up) also ass class more like oppai class XD , am i right commrads ?

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