“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.” Mark Twain.
Truer words have never been said. We are educating the public to think like doctors, lawyers, professors and not educating them based on their own creativity and worthiness.
Having watched this interesting TED talk by Dr Ken Robinson it drives home my point all too clearly. He said the reason why education was designed on this global basis was to prepare the world at the time for the industrial revolution but since then education has inflated to unbelievable cost, the emphasis on the brighter students getting the accolades and the ones not so good at maths and english left to sit in the detention room.
Thankfully we have seen a paradigm shift in this emphasis and more students are leaving schools educated based on their creativity. There’s a far way to go however. People are as different as there are trees. We all can’t be doctors, professors, lawyers or even scientist. What we can all be is the best that we can be and that to me is the purpose of education.
Watch his talk. It is interesting , enlightening, educating but most of all very funny.