TED Conversations

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

What are the limitations that keep new educational designs from being implemented tomorrow in schools and especially in higher education?

School is my awful job and learning is my amazing hobby; This has been my take on life ever since and contrary to what I thought would happen, it hasn't changed in the last few months of college, when I have actually found that undergraduate studies aren't much different from its earlier analogous structures in what concerns quality of learning.
I figured something would change in college, it had to. No institution of higher education would, like it had always been done before, only try to standardize me through disengaging processes of memorization and mechanization in class, and then test me for it, but they did so, and so I keep dragging my feet through the halls like I always did, uninspired by it all.
Well, here I am watching 10 TED talks and having more fun than I had in any of my classes so far, where I am basically taught simple things as if they were complicated instead of the opposite.
I think the education systems we have are all about making us easily browsable encyclopedias of knowledge and funny looking calculators without ever compelling us to make our own connections between concepts and subjects, understanding them at their core or questioning the underlying mechanisms that drive the phenomena we study, but why? Why does this happen when we have computers that are infinitely better at storing data then our brain and when we know that in order to come up with creative solutions to real life problems we have to do so much more than just recall previous knowledge; also, there is an important link between the education of today and the leader of tomorrow, and if we continue using the educational techniques of yesterday then we will keep having the same uninspired (to say the least) leaders of today. Now my question is: Do you think this is a problem? Exactly what is causing this? Is it a economic or a sociological issue? Does the academic world want to solve this? Does the corporate world? Do the governments? Do you think it can be solved? How?
Thanks

+3
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Nov 10 2012: 1) Lethargy.
    2) Status Quo.
    3) Inertia.
    • Nov 10 2012: I would like to know how do you relate these concepts together Richard.
      Can you elaborate a bit?
      • thumb
        Nov 11 2012: I am not Richard, I am Edward, but I will answer your question. Lethargy is an absence of significant energy. It produces nothing and contributes to the "natural" resistance to change for the simple reason that change requires work. Status quo is the argument that the way we do it now is just fine and is the effect of several causes, one of which is lethargy. Inertia is the natural tendancy of matter to resist any change in velocity. Metaphorically inertia refers to the natural, automatic desire to leave something as it is. All of these work together to put obstacles in the way of change.
        • Nov 14 2012: Thank you so much for replying and my apologies for thinking that Richard is a cooler name then Edward. (Just kidding, it was a foolish mistake and won't happen again :)

          I agree with your description of the situation Edward, and sad as it can be this three words just about sum up some of the people I have seen installed in power back where I am from, people to whom development is an empty word and self-interest is a way of life.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.