The school system we've had so far needs to change. That is easier said than done but by addressing the problem and discussing new approaches we can be build the foundations of a better system for the generations to come. What has led humans development the most is our ability of adaptation and the confrontation of new challenges presented before us. That is exactly what has been missing in education. The new age demands creativity and passion as the fundamental principles driving us to learn more and do the best we can in our areas of expertise. Schools needs to invest in constant professional development of their teachers, encourage frequent meetings and seek more involvement from them in extracurricular activities.
One of the problems of our current educational system is that it fails to embolden intrinsic motivation, exploration and the creation of a purpose that will be shaped for each individual. Students will often search for the easiest way to prove a superficial understanding of a subject in order to avoid failing a course. That is because people have come to value grades more than the learning experience. This have led to people getting a degree and failing to put their knowledge to good use for the society. Before they learn anything we need to show them how to learn, how to work hard and how to persist after failure. Creativity is dependant on skills, knowledge and control. We need to remind students of the value, potential and purpose of creativity and how it leads to a path towards dependable employment in the new economy.
I want to complement my post with Seth Godin's talk about the purpose of schools and ask you this: What has given purpose to your learning?
I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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