Education in Conflict

I find myself enjoying business more so than university. Reading up and educating myself  on what interests me and is more applicable to me and my life, is way more engaging than pesky assignments, tests and exams.

But why do I find that my university degree us not equipping me with the knowledge I need to really make a difference? Why is my education telling me one thing – use bureaucracy – while my mentors, leaders and inspirations are telling me to innovate, explore my imagination, but importantly reduce the barriers to growth – rules and regulations.

I have learned more applicable information from my involvement in competitions, fellow students, business and work experience than from lecture content.

Are universities churning out uninspired, non-creative drudges of society? Are we being mass-educated?

What are your thoughts?

5 Comments to “Education in Conflict”

I definitely agree with you. School has been designed to keep us inline. Better to punish curiosity, as it can lead to trouble. Schools train us to conform, to obey rules, to fall in line.

This movement is looking to set up a new business school. Not one run by stuffy academia’s, but by real people in real jobs: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fchangethis.com%2Fproposal%2Fshow%2F56&h=70270iDF-fXnYtpFm4EtsjZWfUw

Linchpin, by Seth Godin, is all about this. Time to get a copy!

June 21, 2010 Reply

The system teaches us to fit in. That’s probably a good thing as it creates order and roles that we ought to play. But it also discounts creativity and leadership. Luckily, there are many learning resources for those who want to compensate for the disadvantages. It’s just might be a bit more work than most people want to put in :-)

July 21, 2010 Reply

I agree Alex, it does create order and consistency. In an age where everything is becoming personalised and less conformed, is that the way we want to educate the masses? The problem with schools and universities is that they are teaching courses and content that is quickly losing its value in society. The world is changing at an unbelievable rate, and the school sysytems aren’t keeping up. We need a less bureaucratic form of schooling that can adapt quickly and produce individuals; people with talent and drive, and energy, people with specialisation, interest, passion and just plain “individuals” rather than graduates. The question that governments and the world is facing now: How do we change an education system to be like this and do it across the world in one foul swoop? My suggestion is make the system autonomous and give schools the ability to create their own curriculums and content. However, this needs to be monitored and a governing body might be useful to give schools access and resources for new useful content.

July 21, 2010 Reply

There is a great video I watched which might be of interest to you and the rest of the readers
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

July 21, 2010 Reply

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