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. I’ve never stood in front of a classroom of students.
They have a point. It’s not a valid one. Most of the people in the workforce went to school of some kind. Many 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’s 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.
Here’s the formula.
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. That teaches them that test scores, fitting in, fear of failing, and mediocre obedience is the key to success. It is. 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 I can look up online just as fast.
Following rules are for factory workers, and we’ve already outsourced most of those jobs in America.
Why aren’t we teaching heretical thought, divergent thinking, leadership, how to solve problems that matter?
Why are geometric proofs required and physical education, personal finance, networking, negotiation, public speaking and more advanced technology classes NOT?
Why is education still considered an easy major? Why do countless business and psychology majors switch to education to finish out their collegiate career?
It’s easy to complain, and that’s fine. Complaining loud enough to the right people leads to increased awareness, which leads to important conversations.
Important conversations can facilitate change.
HELP ME GO BEYOND COMPLAINING. HELP ME CREATE A CHANGE. ONE THAT MATTERS.
I need your help. If we want more classes like this one (pdf) then we need to speak up.
Give me content to share with teachers, professors, curriculum writers, and legislature.
Here’s what I need from you:
- A desire to positively impact our country’s education system
- A 90 second video explaining how you think our current education system is flawed AND what you wish you would’ve learned in school.
I’ll host many of the videos here on this blog. If we run out of room or you’d rather just share your video on your own blog I’ll be more than happy to link to it and share it on the landing page (Education Reform) I’ll be creating for this project.
Let’s fire up the discussion. Use #EduReform as a hash-tag on Twitter.
If you would like to participate please e-mail me at ryanstephensmarketing(at)gmail.com to sort out the details.