In the video, I posted last week to celebrate the beginning of school, Sir Ken Robinson explained what is ultimately wrong with the current education system. The answer is quite straight forward: we are educated to be the next generation of academics. He also urged us to rethink education.
I really loved that presentation. Not only because I do agree with him on the topic, but because he approaches this sensitive and delicate issue with humor and passion. You can see on his face that he is emotionally attached and committed to this work. And this devotion is contagious. He has certainly made me a fun, so let’s hear more from him.
The sequel of that TED talk came out in 2010 and took the issue to the next level discussing HOW to revolutionize education. Reforming it, according to him, is no longer enough, because the issue goes into the very foundation of the system. The biggest problem of all is conformity.
Education today treats every single child the same, assuming all of them have the exact same skill set and path to walk. Passion is completely left out of the equation. No one cares for discovering their talent, so later they will not only endure life waiting for the weekends and holidays, but they will genuinely enjoy it.
I was raised with the slogan of “work is for earning money, not for having fun”. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? I think, the majority of my generation walk around with this slogan burnt into their brains.
Job = money & weekend = fun.
It took me years and years of hard self-improvement to accept and believe that I can have a job which is not only my bread and butter, but provides me joy and satisfaction along the way. We can shorten this learning curve by customizing education.
Now, that’s music to my ears.
Do you love your job? Or does it only pay your bills?