Changing Education Paradigms

by Travis Gertz

The fundamental structure of our education system is so out of touch with modern society, that sometimes I find it astonishing that we’re still able to progress as a civilization. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration… I’m not so sure we’re still progressing that much at all.

This talk, by Ken Robinson, makes so much sense that it kind of makes me sick. As someone working in a creative field, I’ve always felt a bit betrayed by the school system and its overly academic bias. I was a pretty good kid in school (for the most part), but I always got terrible grades. It wasn’t because I didn’t understand, or even that I didn’t try. It was because I had almost zero interest in what was being taught and rarely found any relevance to what I wanted to do in life.

That all changed the instant I hit college. It was the first time that I could see the relation to real life. I could see relevance. I got to work with peers of different ages with different experiences… and I did great. My learning accelerated to levels that I never thought possible. It was all because of the environment and a focus that aligned with my personality and skills. The courses themselves were mostly shit, but I still managed to get more out of them simply because of a slightly more tailored experience.

Imagine what we could accomplish if we took a step back and redesigned the system from the start.

Also check out Robinson’s TED Talk.

Via the glorious Tim Olsen.