The teachers blame it on the parents. The system blames it on the students. The public blames it on the system.
Teachers will tell me I have no business complaining because I can’t possibly understand. After all, I’ve never stood in front of a classroom of students.
They have a point, but it’s not a valid one.
Most of the people in the workforce went to school of some kind.
And countless are in debt after paying for higher education.
They know how those institutions prepared them for the “real world.”
They understand the chasm at play.
In fact, here are people smarter than me talking about what they wished they would’ve learned in school.
The point is it’s time to put a stop to the endless cycle of blame and do something to fix it.
A Faulty Promise
Here’s the formula they try to sell you on:
Good grades in High School + College = Great Job, Tons of Money, Happy Ever After
WRONG! Not in this economy. It’s not that simple.
The American education system is a model that beats the creativity out of kids.
It’s a system that teaches them that test scores, fitting in, fear of failing, and mediocre obedience is the key to success.
And that might be true… in school.
But I have a secret.
BEING GOOD AT SCHOOL DOESN’T MEAN SHIT IN THE REAL WORLD.
Nearly anything you memorize in school we can look up online just as fast.
Following rules are for factory workers, and we’ve already outsourced most of those jobs in America.
What We Should be Teaching
Why aren’t we teaching heretical thought, divergent thinking, leadership, how to solve problems that matter?
How come geometric proofs are required and physical education, personal finance, networking, negotiation, public speaking and more advanced technology classes NOT?
Why is education still considered an easy major?
How come countless business and psychology majors switch to education to finish out their collegiate career?
Sure, it’s easy to complain. But, complaining loud enough to the right people leads to increased awareness, which leads to important conversations.
And important conversations can facilitate change.