Put up or shut up

Education

There are basically two schools of thought regarding education:

  1. curriculum-based education
  2. unschooling

The former is a one-size-fits-all system, top-down, a relic of the Industrial Age. Here are some of its flaws:

  • There are only two things wrong with the education system: what we teach, and how we teach it – ROGER SCHANK
  • …the anxiety children feel at constantly being tested, their fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces their ability both to perceive and to remember, and drives them away from the material being studied into strategies for fooling teachers into thinking they know what they really don’t know. – JOHN HOLT
  • What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ought to go), and to find out what they want to find out – JOHN HOLT
  • College degree does not guarantee you a job

Education, as an institution, is ripe for reform.

But here’s the rub: Institutional problems require institutional solutions.

The sheer inertia of the educational institution is just so huge it will take generations of people and ideas to combine to barely scratch it. But we can make up for what is inherently flawed with the system.

It should start with ourselves.

George Patton once said,

Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

But telling them what to do isn’t enough. You should tell them why they need to do it. It requires self-discovery and self-realization.

Simon Sinek tells you why in his TED talk.

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