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Baldi’s Basics: The Story You Never Knew | Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning

October 8, 2019

From deep in the screen savers of the 90s
came a creation that now haunts the youtube corner of cyberspace. The game is cancer manifested into digital
reality and yet has conquered our fears in ways that feel more terrifying than poopy
youtube poop. This game isn’t just cancer…it’s SCARY
CANCER! And that’s a big deal. But why? And how? But mostly why. GOOD GOD PLEASE ERASE THIS PLACE FROM EXISTENCE
OSHOIWEHGh YOU CREEPY BIT It’s all gonna be fine don’t worry about
it. So get out your thwacking stick, brush up
on your arithmetic and prepare yourself for math problems that are truly unfair, for education
gone horribly horribly wrong, the story of Baldi’s Basics in Education and Learning…the
story…you never knew. First things first. This game is a parody of 1990s edutainment
games like Math Blaster, Mavis Beacon and probably some other favorites. That’ll be important later so keep that
info stashed away somewhere. Somewhere safe. Next up…what’s the deal with this guy? “You got it…Fantaaaaastic”. He’s so upbeat yet his voice is so creepy
it’s like it’s tapping on my bones. Well one of the first things to notice is
Baldi’s unsettling positivity doesn’t last long. This here “You can think pad” is merely
the first encounter of seven. With this run of the thinkpad you can get
all the problems correct…the prize for which is an acknowledgement that you exist and a
shiny quarter. Cool. But move onto the second and…HEY THAT’S
NOT..NUMBERS. I mean they are but I can’t read them and
this isn’t fair. Go fuark yourself and your stupid math Mr.
Baldi. And you have the gaul to get angrier at me. LOOK IN THE MIRROR SIR. Metaphorically. Don’t don’t that to yourself literally. Anyway the goal of this game to to collect
all seven notebooks and escape out the exit which would be pretty straight forward if
YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO GET TO THREE OF THEM BEFORE THE LAST ONE FINALLY OPENS. Safe to say, leaving is hard. This schoolhouse is a fire hazard Mr. Baldi. DO YOU EVEN CARE? Of course you don’t. You don’t even exist! Except…wait a minute. Isn’t it odd the first set of math problems
gives us a confirmation that we exist? Does this mean we’re really here? That we as a character really, truly exist
in this limited, mid-90s microsoft paint hell? And if we exist…then Baldi does too. THIS MAN IS A SENTIENT BEING WHO OCCUPIES
THIS PLACE AND HE…has an educational agenda. No. SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP. NO! In this closet, hides a broom who was hired
in place of a janitor. Because “What do you do when school starts
in 7 hours and you haven’t hired a janitor? Hire a broom! It sweeps.” Everything. And sweeps everything it does. Also apparently this broom is named “Gotta
Sweep” but calling it broom is way funnier and this game is dumb anyway. Indeed Broom is the neutral chaos of Baldi’s
schoolhouse. Broom is a being whose entire existence is
passionately focused on the act of sweeping. Not a single novel thought ever crosses Broom’s
mind. There is only the need to sweep regardless
of who is in the halls and regardless of what is happening. This may seem like a tangent (and it is) but
it’s also not. Broom is important! You see, after learning that we exist, we
can therefore infer that Baldi exists and therefore that everyone and everything else
in this game exists. You might be wondering what exactly I mean
by that. Well gentle viewer…allow me to explain. With every work of fiction, there is the acknowledgement
by the creator and the audience that none of this actually happened. That none of this is actually real. Mario isn’t really a person. He is not a thinking, feeling entity who actually
saved the princess. He does not have the moment-to-moment conscious
awareness that comes with the territory of having a mind. Because he doesn’t exist! And neither does the mushroom kingdom. Nintendo never tried to say otherwise. But Baldis schoolhouse and the students in
it…we exist. The game said so! THIS GIRL NAMED PLAYTIME
SO DOES…Broom. So I ask the question. What would it be like to exist here? In this sterile prison of schoolhouse with
hideous things roaming and rules, rules rules? Hell need not be made of fire…gentle viewer. And yet…Broom’s perspective on things
is (oddly enough) a state of bliss. A state of mind that is so hyper-focused on
one thing, one purpose that Broom is able to shut out the rest and lead a meaningful
existence within this place…sweep sweep sweep indeed. And Playtime, this jump roping, existentially
terrifying girl thing is no different. Well…slightly different. While broom is a chaotic neutral…playtime
is…we’ll call her chaotic good. If you need to brush up on your DnD alignments
I’ll just leave this here. While broom only wants to sweep, playtime
wants not only to jump rope…but to have fun…and for us to have fun too. I mean playing with her is about as fun as
playing hopscotch because you’ve got a gun to your head but she means well right? But like Broom, playtime is extremely focused
on one activity. But unlike Broom, she’s aware of more than
just her activity…she’s aware of us and whether or not we jump rope correctly. What’s particularly unsettling about playtime
is that her sense of fun is…a little wonky. SHE’S THE WORST. And will almost certainly get you caught by
Mr. Thwacky over here because she wants to play. HOW SELFISH. And how not fun. Don’t you see the error of your ways little
girl???! Don’t you? Hah. Of course you don’t. When you exist like this…fun is fragmented
and bastardized and squeezed into the second dimension to become the annoying, scary timewaster
that is jumping rope with this bitch. But where am I going with all of this? We’ve analyzed the psychology of Broom and
Playtime…and how their mindsets make sense in the context of the world they live in…but
what about Baldi? This is his schoolhouse after all. The principal may be the head-honcho of…the
thing? I guess this place is called the thing? Whatever. The principal may be the man-in-charge according
to his position of authority but this is Baldi’s Basics. He is the true mastermind behind this realm. AND I WANT ANSWERS GOSH DARNIT! Answers to why any school would be organized
by a man who can’t even administer a test that makes sense. Answers to why this same man would be driven
to levels of angry insanity so high that he chases us around with a ruler for minutes
on end…and nobody even tries to stop him. What’s wrong with this place?? And why has this poopy game of poopiness resonated
enough with the world to garner millions of views on YouTube?? Sure the game is worth its weight in entertainment…in
spite of and BECAUSE of its jankiness, but sometimes…sometimes pieces of art tap into
our culture in a way that’s more relevant than is immediately obvious. Sometimes what’s on the surface is merely
what draws you in and it’s something lying below…something real… that really keeps
you engaged. Indeed Baldi’s Basics…is real. THIS PLACE AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN IT EXIST! Kind of. This game is a parody of 1990’s edutainment
games like Math Blaster, Mavis Beacon and whatever and those games were molded around
the thought patterns that created and still run our education system today. If they weren’t then I wouldn’t have been
allowed to play Mavis Beacon during Computer Lab and been so totally not into her stoic
yet friendly smile and classy attire. Oh Mavis I… I mean THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG HERE. Something…fundamental. The parody that is Baldi’s Basics in Education
and Learning runs deep. So deep that it strikes right at the heart
of any child whose ever filled in a standardized testing bubble. It speaks to the shortcomings and outdated
teaching methods within our education system. THE LOGIC IS SOUND AND REASONABLE AND TOTALLY
in school. Sure his tests are ridiculously easy and often
completely incomprehensible…but this idea of giving a list of problems in the same category
(in this case simple arithmetic) and then giving you a pass or fail…well there’s
nothing wrong with that idea itself…but look how Baldi reacts when you fail. He gets angry, sure that isn’t how a teacher
should act when a student can’t pass but more importantly his tests never change. You can get the first three question right,
but after that you fail every time. Baldi wants to test your ability in one aspect
of one subject and considers you to be stupid and useless enough to be chased around and
smacked with his ‘splainin stick if you can’t pass. You’re never given a chance to see what
else you might be good at. You’re never allowed to learn in a way that’s
more natural to the human mind. It’s just learn it or you don’t pass. You’re bad at math? WELL THAT MEANS YOU FAIL AT MATH AND THEREFORE
at, don’t worry! The takeaway that I’ve shamelessly shoehorned
in is best understood with the ideas of educational philosopher David Hawkins. In his essay, On Living in Trees he asks the
question of how the human mind really learns. If you were to map out someone’s knowledge
over the course of their life, it would look eerily similar to veins in a leaf. You have some large arteries like math, writing,
etc and from those you’d have branches into smaller categories that can be as common as
arithmetic or as obscure as linear algebra in the context of how your mom moves through
3D space so I can bang her. Knowledge isn’t a ladder…it’s a network. Yet with the way schools teach us, we learn
in chunks, one class for math, one for english, one for science and in each of those subjects
(in each of those chunks) you’re allowed to move onto the next level (the next grade)
if you can get enough points for a passing score. While truly not understanding something should
keep you from progressing, the way we are taught doesn’t take into account how knowledge
is best organized in the human mind. It doesn’t take into account how when you
work on a real-world project, you pull information from many subjects at once and rarely are
you ever hyper focused on one concept like pure mathematics or pure writing. For example, when I wrote the first ever SYNK
script about Samus Aran…I pulled from my knowledge of writing I gathered from my English
classes, my knowledge of existential whachamahoosit from my philosophy classes and own research,
and my knowledge of video games I learned from playing video games…all at once! Practically anything you do outside of school
will test your ability to pull information from many disciplines at once. The more complex the project is, the more
subjects you’ll need to pull from and the deeper into each individual knowledge tree
you’ll need to go. Yet with the way we learn in school, you’d
think the only thing relevant to math is math itself and all it’s subsections. That the only thing relevant to writing is
writing itself with all it’s subsections. Once you get to college subjects can start
to mix…especially when you’re talking about hardcore research papers or engineering
or whatever…but during those crucial formative years you’re learning each subject separately. But what if…instead of having information
boringly thrown at you for 7 hours a day and then having to regurgitate that information
on paper with no real context for how any of this could or will be useful to you…what
if you had the chance to contemplate your individuality and focus on projects that seamlessly
combine the subjects every student must learn into projects that you are passionate about. Or at least actually care about. Maybe it’s building a dope robot for a dope
competition, maybe it’s writing a paper about those endangered polar bears you’re
sad are dying and using statistic analysis and data collection to study them so you can
learn more about their predicament while practicing something that matters. The specifics don’t matter. You wouldn’t be told you suck at math because
you can’t stand to focus on the next statistics lecture, you’d choose a project or a class
that utilized that subject and made you understand it in a context you actually care about. And if you still suck at it after that…then
you really do suck at it! I was never a fan of geometry in school, but
when I joined the robotics club and got to use it a little to build a robot I got to
drive in a competition…suddenly the numbers and angles and proofs started flowing. Depending on what school you go to, opportunities
for individualized learning experiences might be very abundant or non-existent…but what
can’t be denied is that learning in the context of something you care about fits incredibly
well with how information is organized in the human mind. It’s not organized in a ladder where how
high you can climb determines how good you are… It’s a network where every subject you learn
is interconnected with every other subject. You may have seen that dope RSA Animate spoken
by Sir Ken Robinson…it has like 15 million views so odds are pretty high you have seen
it. In it he delves into what’s wrong with western
education and really education in general. The way we’re taught is based on an out-of-date
model of education put in place to groom hordes of mindless factory workers. That’s not a conspiracy… that’s a fact! The seperate buildings and classes for each
subject, the timed bells…it’s all a throwback to when kids had to get ready tighten bolts
for 12 hours a day. Education (as it stands now) squashes creativity
and gives gold stars to those who happen to function just fine in its mind-boundaries. If you happen to be one of those people…good
for you! BUT YOU GOT LUCKY SON. Or daughter. But to those who don’t fit well into this
mold…and to those who are bored by it…how things work at school feels like how Baldi
runs things in his standardized, monotonous HELL. Clearly school is way better than this place
no matter who you are but IT’S AN EXAGGERATED METAPHOR OKAY. Which is why I can keep going with it and
why those who thrive in the current school system won’t be offended by the next sentence. There are those who have found a sort of creepy
peace with this endless monotony…Broom and Playtime with their hyper focused mindsets
are okay with this place. But even they could see the world more richly
if they had the courage and clarity to go through the motions and walk through that
exit. That’s not a metaphor for dropping out DO
YOUR HOMEWORK YOU LAZY. It’s a metaphor for graduating from this
place and forging your path based on your genuine interests and not necessarily following
the path you’ve fallen into because of what’s been drilled into your head all these years. There’s a difference between what you think
is right and what you feel is right. The system doesn’t know you but also you
don’t know everything. If you can reconcile the thoughts you’ve
been told with the feelings you’ve been having then you can find your place in this
dumb world. You really can. That’s the story of a teacher and his silly,
creepy standardards. The story of Baldi’s Basics in Education
and Learning…the story you never knew. And…that’s my take on Baldi. What’d ya think? If you wanna look more into how our education
system can be improved there’ll be links in the description. It’s an important conversation so why not
talk about it on a video where nobody was expecting it? Anyway if you made it this far then chances
are you liked the video. Which means you could use some more treesicle
goodness in your life. Every weekday at 3PM Pacific Time we’re
playing games on twitch! And oftentimes we’re playing games that
we’re covering on the channel…Baldi’s Basics included! So check us out LIVE at
where I’m streaming something cool with Ryan (the Real Truth dude)…right now. Basically. Unless it’s the weekend, then maybe not. And if you missed it, you can click here to
see Ryan and I getting a SECRET MYSTERIOUS ENDING in Baldi’s Basics….and raging super
hard. Check that out if you missed the stream or
if videos are more your speed. Besides that, I’m Grant, that’s all I’ve
got today and I’ll see you next time. Bye!

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  1. OK, now you crossed the line when you said that Mario doesn’t save the princess or even that he exists. Like bro, that’s fucked up. Shame on you. ???

  2. I’am starting to think that Baldi’s school is a more an asylum actually. Low proof but still the insanity inside the place acts like one and baldi being an abusive caretaker I think.

  3. My dad got caned a handful of times when he was in school. In some countries they still do it. When I was studying in Taiwan my classmates and I went to a mountain temple and there was a shop nearby selling bamboo switches.

  4. Shouldn't they be Lawful Good and Lawful Neutral if they are focused only on what they believe in? Chaotic is alot more about rejecting any sort of code in exchange for freedom to do whatever whenever.

  5. Is there a word for this sort of deal, a thing that is surreal, uncomfortable, and not in the way that makes you think but makes you feel like life is stupid and is just so… fleugh?

  6. 15:00 when you run out of slideshows and had to find something the fill the screen XD. Honestly though great video, love to see more of ya work!

  7. kinda feels like you railed some addies and wrote this dude. you have all these random jumps between subjects that you go into a bunch of detail on but don’t tie together very well at all. you good?

  8. I guess our education system isn't the worst,huh? From what you've said,our system and yours,they're practically the same.

  9. i wanna agsict alllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll of theeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm|

  10. Honestly not gonna lie, Baldi's basics… Made me actually learn math better somehow
    Since i've became a fan i stopped hatting math (*cough* the easy side of it at least, like… 2 + 2 )

  11. Him saying you exist doesnt mran they all exist. Balding could of just broken the fourth fall by referring to the player.

  12. Why would playtime be chaotic good she clearly doesnt care about others well being she would be at most chaotic netural.

  13. 4:05 why in the world would you put The Book of Mormon in the “work of fiction”? It’s a religion. That’s like saying Jews or Catholics are fakers.

  14. I once found out an amazing way to solve fractions, and it always worked. I used it in class, on homework, and when I was helping friends. One day, I showed my teacher the awesome way. They said I can't do that "because it's not the right way to solve fractions." I was furious after that :^(

  15. No one:
    Comments sections on YouTube videos that are remotely related to Baldis Basics: SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP SWEEP

  16. That's how reading writing classes killed me. Most books I choose where not suited for assignments, like comic, trivia, and reference books. The worst part was reading a book that the school wanted you to read. Why would I read something that I have no interest in? And even worst writing an essay on material that already cleared from memory in turn making me panic and re-read the same crappy book.

  17. And now after the Birthday Bash update, we all now know the tragic backstory that lead Professor Baldi down the path to Darkness…

    " 'Gimme more cookies!' Those are the first words I ever said. And you know what? I never got any dang cookies!!"

  18. There is a way to answer that messed up question. You should tell other people that the messed up question is possible.

  19. It doesn’t seem scary to me. Why if everyone scared of it? What is the part that scares you guys? I mean probably the voices maybe? I mean I know why it’s scary but why does that makes you scared? Okay I’m confusing myself.

  20. Can you stop being a fucking child of 5 years old and how dare you to say "mario doesn't exist" at 04:26

    I HATE YOU???????

  21. Well…I feel a little attacked. :< (I had to drop out not because I was a lazy frick, but because my school just wouldn't make learning feel safe and comfortable for me, being on the spectrum).

  22. I think people totally missed the point of this video. He's not trying to make a theory on the plot of the game, he's just using the game as sort of a contrasting point to the education system and talking about how that interested him. It's fine if you don't like that, but it's not just a bunch of useless waffling, what he's saying does make sense if you actually pay attention.

  23. The entire game is a fucking parody of shitty jumpscare games, dude. Why else would it just randomly cut to appliances as a "jumpscare", have every character intentionally look shitty, have a chalkboard that says "thisgameisacancer", have a stupid masot thats not even scary, etc.

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