Here’s the third systemic failure:
Schools are not designed to deal with individuals, it’s somehow a truth that we cannot afford designing a school that truly is “personified” for each student’s needs.
Everything humans do here on earth is our doings. Each system we create we have designed and invented. It’s all invented. However, some systems are designed to deal with smaller aspects of reality even if in reality they are affecting larger realities. Take the education system for example. Every year kids are being violated, they fail in school, they drop-out and/or are bullied-out of society for life. Later in life these kids may become drug addicts, criminals, rasists or whatever. I don’t believe the school system is designed to hurt kids, but the effect is there. The ugly truth is there, no matter how we struggle to ignore it.
Now, it’s ok to re-design education. I promise, the world as we know it won’t end in complete disaster. Quite the opposite, if every child could leave school, ready for life, filled with energy and with some sort of plan for the future I promise we will have a better world.
If we redesigned education to fit every individual we would get rid of a number of group-problems and loads of frustration amongst both students and teachers.
Let’s imagine we have a “learning tree” like a map sort of with different branches and leaves to conquer. Yes, it could be like a game. The branches are learning paths towards “mastery levels” and “master capabilities”. Each individual selects their own branches/tracks and wins leaves/badges when ready. Tracks can include team-work, be completely individual or include cooperation over Internet and over International borders. They can include interacting with society, people or companies. Tracks could also be sponsored of course. And of course there are also branches for health, exercise, eating well, being social etc – a holistic approach that supports the whole human being.
Each track contains different skill levels with lowest acceptable level to be able to unlock more (fun and interesting) tracks. All the time progress can be measured (by seeing how many badges are won) without disturbing the learning processes.
See? And this solution will cost less, cause less unhealthy kids/teachers and will produce better fitted entrepreneurial citizens. How can we NOT afford this when expenses in society for bad health, crime, drugs, violence etc exists, perhaps due to the systemic failure of the old education system?
Sometimes I wonder if we have forgotten the ability to think at all.