Education’s Missing Component

“Kids who are good at traditional school—repeating rote concepts and facts on a test—can fall apart in a situation where that isn’t enough.”

― Ketil Moland Olsen

“Every child should be taught how to think, read and write.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita

A new shool year started yesterday and as I sit reading my morning paper I look out the front window and see the neighborhood children trudging down the street on their way to classes, and my mind goes into connecting our educational system with the real world.

It’s a natural connection to make, schools are suppose to teach students the stuff they need to survive, if not succeed, in the real world.

But family and friends in the business support what we’ve all read about the system, that mandated testing programs deter creativity and in-depth understanding.

Our schools are not teaching as much as they are training; they are training how to regurgitate facts and figures without teaching how to think outside the test-sheet box.

Facts and figures do you no good if you haven’t been show what to do with them in the real world, if you haven’t been taught how to apply what you’ve learned and the “why”. Our school systems are geared to imparting data and leave its understanding and application to the mind of the graduate to figure it all out.

Unfortunately, it seems a great many don’t know how; colleges complain that in-coming freshmen have no understanding of what they’ve supposedly already learned, employers complain that new hires straight from school can’t think for themselves.

So I think Akita is on to something, but I think the word “then” should be placed before “read and write”. 

Interesting concept – maybe before we even teach children how to read and write – and everything that follows – we should teach them how to think for the first year ot two.

It would be putting the horse in front of the cart, where it belongs, so to speak, instead of the backward way we do it now.

–  Bill



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