First watch this.
This post was inspired by the book Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. But not really. The book was haunting and simple, readable and meaningful. But this isn’t really about the book.
It’s about the environment of Hailsham. The children of that school were were clones created specifically to one day donate their organs and were raised with no knowledge of the outside world. The school environment looks idyllic and sweet. My observations seem superficial and meaningless, but there is a good reason to have schools like that. But not for cloned organ donor children. Not even for rich and privileged children — those already exist.
Schools like Hailsham should exist to serve children who are true outliers in terms of intelligence. Years of forced socialization with children who are far inferior can be isolating and moreover, a waste. Public schools have to pander to the slowest, making sure that no one gets left behind. The isolation would also make it possible to filter out all the things that just don’t matter: celebrities, fashion, status symbols, popularity. Instead of having checklists of easy expectations that will buy a good grade (5 pages, double spaced, introduction, main, conclusion, even problems in section 5.4, etc) which make school easy to game and easy to be lazy about, a school like Hailsham could encourage brilliant children to actually learn. To take pleasure in reading and discussion. To sharpen their intellect and wit on one another. It would give them a set of people that they could actually bond with and interact with on a meaningful level.
Imagine a world of happy, warm-hearted nerds who never had to deal with a single person that wasn’t a real peer. Ones who learned because they were curious and given the opportunity to investigate their own questions. That might be a world where we don’t need clones for organs. Those happy, purposeful warm-hearted nerds will have invented an easy bake oven for human organs! Or something just as lovely.