The Education System Doesn’t Work Now
I think we can all agree — formal schooling is an incredible alternative to over half the population missing out on education completely, as was the case much more recently than we’d like to remember.
But it’s still decades behind
One of my friends in the U.K. is working on a book project with me, and yesterday he said this:
“What people don’t realize is that the current school system was created, yes, to educate people, but mostly to crank out enough competent factory workers to keep up with the industry boom of the 50s and 60s.”
How do you react when a YouTube video takes longer than 3 seconds to load? Now imagine how frustrated you’d be trying to play thank same clip on software which was 50 YEARS out of date.
That’s what most schools are trying to do.
To be honest, I kind of pity them. So many of my close friends become teachers only to bolt from the system when they realize just how twisted it is.
In the next few years, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see a return of the apprenticeship. We’re already seeing it with things like Praxis.
Bottom line: the machine is broken. People who hold the keys don’t have the autonomy to make necessary changes (also, where on earth would you start?)
Thanks Teresa, for writing this. And thanks Gail for thinking of me. Always appreciate the chance to keep the dialog on this topic alive.