Systemic failure nr 1: The holy teacher, holy classroom and the holy lesson

The first systemic failure.

  1. School (formal education) and it’s current design (the holy teacher, the holy classroom and the holy lesson) is based on a very old (1000 years old?!) idea and reality.

The design of the schools are not based on science and proven knowledge, it’s based on tradition (read this excellent article) and with the intention to keep people stupid.

In the beginning, for hundreds of thousands of years, children educated themselves through self-directed play and exploration.

When we began building larger and larger societies we began screwing it up intentionally. Knowledge became power and we forgot about learning. It was dangerous to let young people think for themselves. How is it today? With Internet there’s another story. Everyone has access to information, knowledge and can build a relation with anyone on the planet.


Still we don’t get it. Learning must be controlled, managed, supervised and measured over whole nations. And kids must even be compared and measured globally. It’s insane when thinking of it. 

Of course there are hero-teachers and schools that manages to hack the systemic failure miraculously, thanks to those. The systemic failure causes students in general to:

  1. Be forced to sit down listening to a person that certainly isn’t an entertainer, on something they probably aren’t interested in a classroom consisting of around 25 other pupils of different needs.
  2. Be bored and passive and not challenged and intrigued.
  3. Be served already made knowledge instead of discovering the knowledge by learning
  4. Still when not even a/the teacher is available the students are forced to sit the whole time of the class. 
  5. Even if the subject is intriguing and is awakening the learning process it has to stop after around 40 minutes.

So, in order to make change, stop the lectures from behind the podium, begin with longer thematic studies that’s not taking place inside of the classroom. Make sure to use surrounding local environments and make sure to connect to Internet. Also make sure to mix classes and make sure you have a group of people sharing the same interest or needs for the time of the thematic study. Also make sure to engage several other grown-ups in the studies (older students, parents, retired or people connected to what you are studying).

Less fortunate countries than Sweden seems to be more fit to renew society using tech at hand: mobile phones, for example Rehan school.

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