This Is Why We Need Leaders

An Essay About Education — And Why Donald Trump Is Not An Option

Ioana Paverman
Mar 23, 2016 · 4 min read
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Dead Poets Society (1989)

Europe, not to say the Western world, has no true leaders anymore. And this is not a problem itself, but rather judging by the consequences it breeds: intolerance, anger, bad shortcuts, emotional choices, etc.

In 2014, the Nobel committee announced the Nobel Peace Prize would go to Malala Yusafzai. A teenage Pakistani girl became, from her hometown in Swat Valley, a symbol of resistance, fighting for her right to education.

Meanwhile, extremism is expanding, intolerance is flourishing, and so does ignorance. We prepare our military. We adjust our social security systems. We practise political correctness. But we to do too little for our education systems. In spite of emotional speeches and speculative manuals, Alexis Tsipras and Donald Trump are everything the Western world was able to give in terms of leadership. The world needs no education reform — it needs a whole new frame of reference.

My home country is Romania. I grew up here, I was educated here. I have been hearing about reform in education since I was 10. Now I am 30. And even if I still hear about reform in education, nothing seems to have changed. Even more, statistics are worsening. Almost 45% of the total population has a low education level, 41% medium education level, and only slightly over 14% a high education level. To make a brief comparison, in 2010, the working population in the UK had: 19,20% low education level, 44,40% medium education level, while 35,40% had a university degree.

Yet, the problem is not about my country or any other country. To the same extent, the problem is not about the amount of money, but about how money is spent. The reforming of the education system should result in innovation, value and game-changing leaders.

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Dead Poets Society (1989)

But improving learning and teaching is the only way to creating leadership.

There is still much to learn about who provides such leadership, how it is distributed across the system, and what stimulates it. To the same extent, there is still a lot to learn about how schools respond to state policies, how states respond to the necessities of the 21st century, and how or if they are able to deliver strong innovative thinking, which is key to sturdy leadership education.

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