Essentially, factories needed interchangeable, fearful, obedient workers who were on time, and prepared to perform repetitive tasks.
Schools were invented to train youth to be on time to class, follow a repetitive schedule, do repetitive work, do their homework (or else!). And it worked! Schools churned out a workforce for the labor market.
Well, the labor market has changed...but school hasn't. Here's a starter list of what school is for.
What we need today are youth who are passionate, innovative, and caring problem solvers.
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If we choose to change the system here's what we need to do:
- Homework during the day, lectures at night.
- Open book, open note all the time.
- Access to any course, any where in the world, anytime you want to take it
- Precise focused education
- No more multiple choice exams. Measure experience instead of test scores
- Cooperation instead of isolation.
- Teachers transform in to coach.
- Lifelong learning, start working earlier.
Don't for a minute believe these two myths:
- Great performance in school leads to happiness and success.
- Great parents have kids who produce great performance in school.
Here's what's true:
- Grades are an illusion, passion and insight are reality.
- Work is more important than congruence to an answer key.
- Persistance in the face of a skeptical authority figure is priceless.
- Fitting in is a short term strategy that gets you no where. Standing out is a long term strategy that takes guts and produces results.