Our Education System is Outdated – 5 Reasons Why and What Should Be Changed

Rewind back to the days when you went to school, college or university. Were these years the best in your life or were they like a nightmare?

Personally, I had a mix, depending on the time periods and the courses I took. Some classes were engaging, while some were not.However, the’re are people to whom school felt like a 12-to-16-year sentence in jail. This tells that schools are doing something wrong and totally anachronistic.

In this post, I will explain 5 reasons why I believe that our education system is outdated and needs some serious reforms.

Disclaimer: this post does not intend to motivate anyone to drop out of school, college or university. It was written with intention to express my view on this extremely serious yet controversial topic.

1. Our Education System Acts as an Employee Factory

Our education system is stuck in the Industrial Age, when students were only trained to be obedient and do repetitive tasks. Follow orders, do exactly what you’re told, no questions asked.

Of course, for correct behavior, you get some kinds of rewards such as being the “role model” for the class (for the school system, in fact) and you get punished or penalized for any kind of behavior that the system deems wrong such as talking in class.

By the way, by the Industrial Age value of listening to a lecture and not talking, our education system hinders the acquisition of networking and teamwork skills that are very important in life.

I believe that learning is a lot more fun and a lot more engaging when you work in a team. Not only can you help each other out, but you can also combine talents, skills and interests.

2. Our Education System Kills Creativity

Have you ever gotten a lower grade for solving a problem your way but not the teacher’s/prof’s way?

This may be one of the evidences that in schools, we are trained to learn and do things in a structured way. There is either right or wrong, black or white. Most of the time, there is no more room for creativity or alternative ways to solve problems.

I mean they are present, but they are discouraged or just not even mentioned.

Crushing our creativity and curiosity to learn the system is one of the ways the education system instills obedience in us and constantly drums into our heads that we must do everything as we’re told.

Schools must welcome creativity and thinking outside of the box. Not only will it make learning more engaging and fun, but it will also help students to do well in real life.

3. The Subject of Money is Never Taught in School

Personally, after reading a few books of Robert Kiyosaki, I believe that this issue is a biggie.

According to the American businessman, investor and teacher, Robert Kiyosaki, the school system in its form today set students for failure in life for one reason: the subject of money is never taught there.

Schools don’t cover how money actually works, what are different types of income or how to use money wisely.

We’re only taught to work for an ordinary income, the salary, while other types of income, portfolio and passive, are either ignored or discouraged. Basically, we’re only taught to be employees, to work for money, but they absolutely don’t give us an option to explore other types of income and become businessmen or entrepreneurs.

Hence, I’m not surprised by the fact that after a child finishes school, his or her parents are pushing them into fields or careers that they never wanted just for the sake of job security and a steady paycheck.

I 100% agree with Kiyosaki that schools must teach kids about money. This way, when kids go to college or university, they can pursue any field their heart lies towards without having to worry about job security, paychecks, or any other things along those lines.

4. Our Education System Kills Passions

We are all different people. We all have different interests, hobbies, dreams, goals, and passions.

However, our education system just ignores this fact and gives us little to no room for our passions, assuming that we just want to be factory workers with no life.

I’m not saying that you cannot gain new knowledge or skills, and I’m not saying that you should ignore them. What I’m saying is that schools should stop expecting us to be perfect in all school subjects.

One of the suggestions I can offer is to use students’ performance record in school subjects to find out what they are good at and/or passionate about. Schools should help students become better at what they love doing. Schools should help them to achieve their passions.

Hence, schools should abolish the production of robotic factory workers (against students’ will).

5. Exams and Chases after “Good Grades” Kill Learning

What I noticed recently, after I was unblinded, is that while we have grades at school, we’re not learning. We’re just trying to memorize a massive pile of information just to pass the test and pull a grade good enough to keep our parents happy. After we vomit everything we’ve crammed onto the exam booklet, it’s all wiped out of our brains the moment we leave the exam room.

To restore the actual purpose of schools, learning, we must certainly abolish exams, grades, GPA and other stuff along those lines. They do more harm than good to kids and students; instead of motivating students to learn, all the things listed above just induce panic and motivate just to pass the test.

Alternative to abolition would be modifying the entire educational process, ensuring that students are learning rather than cramming for tests, and are learning in an engaging way. A good alternative to quizzes, tests and exams can be projects where students can us.

Agree with me or not, I personally believe that our schools should operate in what I call the “real life mode”. Instead of stigmatizing failure, students should be allowed to make mistake or fail, so they can draw conclusions, learn lessons, and continue learning.

That’s how life works: you make a mistake, you learn from it, and don’t repeat it again (or at least try your best not to let it happen again).

Conclusion

These were the points why our school system in its form today does more harm than good to kids and students, and hence needs to be reformed.

I 100% agree that employees are very important to keep our economy going. However, I believe that schools should stop assuming that we all want to be employees, chasing after a paycheck that will enough to only pay our bills and get by. Schools should give us freedom of choice of who we want to be in life. Instead of killing our creativity and inner geniuses, schools should stimulate them.

I know that my views may have sounded a bit too radical, but what do YOU think about this issue? Whether you are on my side or in the opposite camp regarding this case, I’m interested to hear your opinions and any suggestions of yours. Please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. This actually should be in interesting debate.

Let’s make schools a better place together!

 

 

 

 

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8 Replies to “Our Education System is Outdated – 5 Reasons Why and What Should Be Changed”

  1. You hit the nail right on the head! Like you, reading several books of Robert Kiyosaki made me realize how flawed our education system is and in need of serious revamping.

    You’re absolutely right! The subject of money should be taught in school; it should be included in the school curriculum. Our minds have been programmed to think that the only way to earn money is by going to school, be a good student and get a high paying job. Like you said, not everyone wants to be employees.

    It’s high time we teach the next generation how to become entrepreneurs and start creating jobs.

    1. Hey Alice!

      It’s great to hear your view on this extremely controversial topic! 🙂

      Our schools not only teach us just to get a job and work for a salary, but also leave us in student debt up to our eyeballs. To make matters worse, for some people it may take another generation to pay it off.

      Our education system should be more entrepreneurial, meaning it really should teach students how to start businesses and about investing. At least, kids should be given an option whether they want to work for someone else or be a business owner.

      If you have any questions about any of my posts, feel free to come back! I’m here to help you 🙂

      German.

    1. Hey Donna!

      It really pisses off when students don’t receive extra credit for their creativity and when they get lower marks for not doing something the way the teacher does it.

      Please feel free to come back, if you have any questions.

      German.

  2. I totally agree with you on how our education system kills our passions! I remember in highschool I wasn’t really given many options for chosen courses, it was either home economics, drama or art.. I really like art but I wish that I wasn’t pushed away from wood work or shop class but the school advisors suggested that it wasn’t practical for me to be in those classes.

    1. Hey Amber!

      I can totally relate to your story. I studied electrical engineering, which I thought I will like in the first place, until I found out that it’s not where my passion lies. I first wanted to try acting career, but was immediately discouraged from pursuing it for the same reasons; my parents thought it won’t bring me a lot of money and it deemed as not practical.

      Always feel free to come back, in case of any questions or some more comments 🙂

      German.

  3. Oh my goodness I cannot agree with you more. I am dedicating my life to homeschool my children. I believe our education system is so bad right now that it kills dreams! Thank you for your post. You motivated me to homeschool my children even more.

    1. Hey David!

      I too believe that homeschooling is an alternative option to give kids education, until our education system is reformed to the point it will actually prepare kids for a bright future and the life they want.

      If you have any questions or extra feedback, always feel free to come back! I’ll be happy to hear from you and help you 🙂

      German.

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