Today I’ve been a guest in a lecture at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana.
What I realized, with a full furore, is that indeed the schools and the overall education system are broken and beyond repair.
We need to do something else and we need to do it fast. Fast measured in teutonical units, like decades. But still, this would be a teutonic shift.
Education in schools came into practice with Maria Theresia in this part of the world. It is merely 2 centuries old. Now’s the time to imagine something new.
The old school’s paradigm has been to have a bunch of kids, gathered by age stuffed into so called classes and then have them go linearly through a curriculum. The method od teaching was one professor to circa-thirty younglings in sessions of 45 minutes.
The new school paradigm will gather people of different ages, mostly by interest and existing level of knowledge. Transfer of knowledge will occur in different lecturer to students size ratios. The most frequent will form will be smaller groups, mostly one lecturer to about-six pupils. There will be other sizes, a lot of one-on-one master to apprentice work, and also some one-to-thousands sessions, like today’s TED presentations.
The curriculum will be non-linear, there will be less emphasis on knowledge transfer, and more on channeling, guiding pupils, supporting them in their actual projects.
These days young people are mostly not of any use to the society by the time they are almost 30. Nobody treats them seriously, and most stay passive. Later on these people end up in jobs they don’t like, they marry people they don’t love and they live a life that they feel is not worth living. And by the time they are 50 they are already on the way out to become a burden of the society.
How will the change come about?
It will hurt. And then it will hurt more. And then some. Bam, then it will break. The break will go in sync with other grand changes that will happen. New forms of education will appear before this change though. TED like education is here already. Mentoring will spread out of the need to nourish our own talent. And the small family-size worshops will cover more and more subjects.
Or it will be completely different. But it will change. Because it’s broken already.