There's nothing I like better than a blog about education that makes a valid point. I've been an educator since I was 20 years old and have always felt that academic systems do not evolve as quickly as society and the minds of the students. From middle school up - children should be shown how education and their future will work hand-in-hand so that they can make a difference even at their age. If someone is programmed to be interested in something, they get smart at it either by personal experience, text, or visual learning. We only focus on subjects that connect to our personal grids. The rest is generally, though not always, a waste of time. From what I remember in the public school systems of New York City, there were never enough supplies, nor enough specialized teachers, for the ever changing developmental and emotional issues of the students. Not only are children being trained for a world that doesn't exist - they are not being prepared for one with an uncertain future.
American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist Wired - October 18, 2014
Are Americans getting dumber? Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in many developed countries. But the crisis in American education may be more than a matter of sliding rankings on world educational performance scales. Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.
To become a chef, a lawyer, a philosopher or an engineer, has always been a matter of learning what these professionals do, how and why they do it, and some set of general facts that more or less describe our societies and our selves. We pass from kindergarten through twelfth grade, from high school to college, from college to graduate and professional schools, ending our education at some predetermined stage to become the chef, or the engineer, equipped with a fair understanding of what being a chef, or an engineer, actually is and will be for a long time. We learn, and after this we do. We go to school and then we go to work. This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover. Read more ...
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