What is the very first thing comes to your mind when you think of September? School. Am I right? As a sign of my pity and compassion for everyone in school, I want to share with you my favorite TED talk about education.
I never had any issue in schools, whether it was primary, high school or even college. Since I have quite a good short term memory, all the tests and exams were just a piece of cake. Do I remember any of the subjects? Well, not really. And here lies the problem of our education.
I think, we can all agree with the fact that 80% of the knowledge we are taught in school is pretty much useless. I have never used sinus and cosinus in my daily life or never been making fun with any cool derivation on a Friday night. Have you? I highly doubt it.
What we could have definitely used in our life is practical learning. Here is an example from my life. Many people I have worked with throughout my career had absolutely no idea how their salary was calculated and what all the deductions and different columns represented on their payslips. So, how could they check if their actual payment was correct? They were lacking the very skill to determine whether they were paid as agreed and should have. Talk about disadvantage!
Schools don’t educate us for life, they prepare us for the next school shaping our mind to fit to its standards. According to Sir Ken Robinson, ultimately we are educated to be academics, the next generation of teachers. And in this process, our innate creative slowly, but surely dies.
I couldn’t agree with him more. Thinking back to my time in the classroom, I can clearly recall that the kids were awarded for repeating what the teacher said and not for speaking their minds. I really hope that major changes are on the horizon.
Do you agree with him?