Gregor Cuzak

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Schools are broken

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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.

2 Comments

  1. Dobro povedano. Minusov je ful, spoh se ne ve, kje začet, poleg vsega, kar si povedu. Pri nas ni aktivne participacije, to se zaključ na nivoju kake seminarske al pa prezentacije. S tem, da ne krivim le sistema in napačne ureditve. Krivcev je več – profesorji, ki ne znajo predavati, profesorji, ki ne znajo selekcijo narest, država, ki vsakemu omogoča vpis, ali mladina, katero spoh kej dosti ne briga za vse skup. Kjer je veselje, je dovolj že dobra knjižnica, teh pa ma slovenija kar nekaj.
    Naslednje kar mene moti – ne obstaja kaj dosti interdisciplinarnih ved (ok zdj jih je mal več, pa še vedno ne moreš študirati avtomobilski ali vojaški inženiring). Prenosa znanja in ustreznega priznanja strokovnjakov skoraj ni. Poznam primer častnikov v SV, ki jih pri 50ih prisilno upokojijo, čeprav gre za folk, ki jim to ni služba, ampak način življenja. Lahko bi bili recimo mentorji, učitelji, strategi. Poleg tega je izobraževalni sistem popolnoma neusklajen s potrebami gospodarstva – nas družboslovcev je miljone, tehnikov skoraj nič.
    Kar je meni najhuje, vsak konča faks. Prej al slej. Znamo pa še tisti, ki verjamemo, da nekaj znamo, skoraj nič. Vsaj ne iz faksa. In potem so na mestu ljudi, kateri si ne bi smeli privoščiti takih napak (npr. zdravniki), neki polovičarji.

    Ej ne da se mi prevajat, angleščina ni moja jača strana;)

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