6 Ways school systems need to change


4. No Room for Passions and Interests

"We have an extremely standardized system." This means that every student is forced to learn the same facts at the same time in the same way as every one else.

There is very little room to explore and develop natural interests and talents. This system ignores one of the basic tenets of human life, that we are unique and different.

History shows that there are many talented people who failed in the school system but later went on to make invaluable contributions to society. People like Winston Churchill and Steven Spielberg were considered to be average students. These famous men and many others like them prove that school is not the only marker for success and it is often unable to help people discover their purpose in life.

5. Standardized Learning

There is a growing emphasis on teaching people according to their learning style. When people learn in the style that best suits them they are able to optimize their learning experience. "But the system has no room for such differences."

Unfortunately when students fall behind at school they are considered a "failure". This can undermine the individual's confidence and leave them feeling incompetent.

The system fails to make allowances for individual growth rates and learning ability.

6. Lecturing

Most learning is presented lecture-style in school classrooms. In this setting students are expected to listen to one person for an extended period of time often without participation or interaction with their peers.

This teaching method is considered to be unproductive and "fundamentally dehumanizing" according to Sal Khan from Khan Academy.

This style of interaction also goes against the current trend in work environments where collaboration, partnership and exchange are highly valued.

Proving yet again that schools are unable to properly prepare people for future roles and positions.

"Our system of education which evolved in the industrial age has become outdated and ineffective."

These problems highlight the urgent need for a new and improved education system that will equip people for the future.

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By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing