Here’s the 8th systemic failure:
The decision makers have themselves been successful in the “old” school so they see no reason to change it for those who are not benefitting from it.
It’s Machiavellian and the power structure is ancient:
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
Anyone that loses on system change will be against it. Problem is in these times is that the changes are forced upon us by ourselves. The globalisation process has been so beneficial for the western and Asian modern societies but now we are in trouble. The machinery isn’t working as it should. Now, of course if we are asked if we want change we all love it, but when being asked to change, no-one want to.
Same goes with “old school”-teachers and conservative minds – they don’t want to change/learn for example ICT or the benefits of gaming. It sets them as the student and that would be a disaster of course. So they debate, they keep the blame-game going and moves responsibility to anyone but themselves, since they have the most to lose of changing. Think of it. The ones with the most knowledge are scared of learning, wow.
As Buckminister Fuller expressed it:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
As quoted in Beyond Civilization : Humanity’s Next Great Adventure (1999), by Daniel Quinn, p. 137
Or we can wander around in the desert for another 20 years so that the hindering decision-making generation has simply died out – the question is, do we have the time to wait? I don’t think so.
Everyone needs the capability of Learning for life, that’s what school should be about.