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In this post, I will explain 5 reasons why I believe that our education system is outdated and needs some serious reforms.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