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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?
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  • Nov 18 2012: Current Education System is not a good education system. It is text book based learning system , which is an abstract way of learning and more over it focuses on too much information and also too fast . Which ultimately leads to cramming and learning by rote.

    But,The actual learning process is spontaneous and slow..

    When I was in class 3 I cam across a word called "Panic" and its meaning was given at the end of the chapter. After reading the meaning I still did not understood the word, Because it has no direct association with the visual image of how a person looks like when he panics, what emotions are visible on the face of the person. All these were missing.

    The text book based learning has the drawback , you never know what actually the word means and how it is associated with real things. In text book based learning when you find any word , you often try to find the meaning in the dictionary which ultimately leads to another abstract word. Its like a loop one abstract word point to another abstract word.
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      Nov 18 2012: textbook should not be THE learning objective but they could be one of many mediums to experience learning. for example, learning happens when you engage and contribute from your own brain as you read from a textbook, internet, magazine, ebook, poem, etc.

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