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Education is all what we call for in today's society - if you ask me it's the most subtle form of injustice around...

The last decade has seen an unprecedented shift towards education as the most vital part of our society. The second you're born the die is cast. The lucky ones gifted by nature ( better: the ones whose mind is suited to cope with the arbitrary "challenges" the system poses) will get along with education - the others will fail with bitter admiration for the "elite". We're constantly telling ourselves to increase the number of students to bolster an "intellectual elite"(another topic ;) that mires the rest in misery. It's not money or social background that make education injust, it's education itself. Just my thoughts on this topic. There are millions of arguments and examples waiting to be shared ;)

what do you think ...?

  • May 4 2011: It is a gross injustice and perhaps the single greatest blight on society.
  • May 3 2011: What passes for education today will be outlawed in the near future.

    1. grouping children by age is a crime.
    2. having children sit for extended periods of time is a crime
    3. having a deadline which measures timeliness and not knowledge or ability is a crime.
    4. If you want to measure how quick a student can turn something in grade for that ; be honest.
    5. Spending a large percentage of the school budget on expensive books in the e-book age is wasteful at minimum and more likely theft.
    6. Math that is so abstract at the high school level serves the needs of a very few. The educational system bears some guilt for the financial crisis.
    7. Student debt is a crime
    8. the cost of college is a crime
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    May 3 2011: The education system is just another system. Like many around us. It has evolved to this stage. And we, till now were a part of it. We came out as the product of this system. I agree with the "lucky ones" and "the others" divide. So apparently the system was intended to help out the "lucky ones". We go wrong when we think that even the lucky ones were the luckiest. As the system finally have made them out to be something they perceived what was being successful; in fact they could have done much better by giving justice to their talents and dedicating themselves on those lines.
    I would like to stress a point although that even if we want a change, may be a complete transformation in education, where do we start? Where does the process of Education start? I think it is moment we are born. So was going to school not education? was attending college not education? If we look back, we realize that it was. Learning new things is a part of education. A very small part but is significant as it acts as constant catalyst for creativity. Important thing is, what not to learn, or from schools perspective, what not to teach!
    The education process where in the process of learning happens has to be modified- completely. A good teacher cannot be replaced by a machine. But machine can be a good aid to teacher. More important is, to identify who should be learning what and then efforts should be made to give him the best environment. To reach a reformation of this level is not easy. Yes, i am a big fan of Sir Ken Robinson. I still don't see if the government education system(India) even fathoms his views.
    Let there not be pipes, of streamlined education, one end in - other end out. Let the learning be nectar from flowers of different gardens, where the children are free to hover and taste the nectar, until they find the flavor of their life and decide to make honey out of one that suits them most.
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    May 3 2011: that is very true. one size fits all, centrally forced education system is very good for indoctrination, and rising a flock of sheep to work for the ruler elite. rather outdated idea. as people are highly diverse, schooling must be dynamic and flexible. get the government out of the curriculum!
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    May 3 2011: Rob brings some challenging thoughts to promote a discussion. There is the education that life brings and never stops until you die and there is education that is served up by teaching establishments. The problem with the latter process that Rob is highlighting is two-fold first there is the grading of students that breeds some negative attitudes and, second Rob questions the content and its relevance. I do not have ready answers on grading and the potential for elitism or disaffection. I do feel that content is far too narrow and largely serves those who are on a path to academia. The real world though relies upon more than pure academic skills. Getting things done and organized requires other skills where in some cases academics do not always excel. Project managing techniques, listening skills, organizing and motivating people is not given enough time in school. I suspect that if it were, a number of the currently disaffected students would really begin to enjoy and get something out of education that would be really beneficial when school days are done.
  • May 3 2011: My education story can be summed up by every single parent/teacher interview I ever had; "does not live up to his potential". For the most part, it was immaturity. The fact was it was free, and in turn I gave it little to no relevance to what I viewed as "my future". I played every sport I could, was on every committee, all the clubs, band, it was spectacular. What I learned outside of class has set me so far beyond anything I have learned in class, that I have questioned for a long time what people are supposed to learn from school. So much emphasis is put on the classes, the homework, the process and system that they teach, the fact is students will forever learn more from each other than they ever will from a teacher/professors.
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    May 2 2011: Okay you are confusing some points here.

    Education is everything in life in which you learn from.

    The education system is based off of academic education, not artistic and/or mechanical.
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    May 2 2011: Hello! You are pointing to something that has been discussed before but that is very valid. As the education system is challenged and as it evolves there should definately be an expanded understanding of different types of skills or of contribution to society. All work should have dignity and if we really valued people we would be able to see that applying your skill or service to humanity in whatever way is most natural for your or in which you have been gifted is an important contribution. Educating only some people in only some areas and calling them the most worthy should be an ideal whose time is past.