The Education Dilemma
Coming into my senior year of university-studies, I can already feel the anxiety settling in. Not only does the thought of entering the 'real world' scare me, but also the idea that my dreams and aspirations will die along with my years of youthful experiences. This is an intimidating thought for someone my age.
As similar as we may be, we are also different in our own special ways. It may sound horribly cliché, however it is important to note that the way by which each of us obtain and process information varies immensely across the world population.
Different things make different people happy, and vice versa for what makes people sad. Many people flock to more creative and expressive professions such as art, photography, writing, and music, while others choose to focus on the logical aspects of things. To each his own and no one should be judged on what it is that they choose to pursue in life.
Still, why do our schools lack the support for such creative pursuits and avenues? At this day and age, kids are required to go through their schooling, obtain their degree, find a job, all while being under the burden of knowing you still have a large amount of loans to pay off. Aside from the incredible amount of anxiety, depression, and drug-related addictions that stem from college campuses, should such a large amount of debt be placed on top? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that 'outstanding' debt among students approached $1.2 trillion (yes - trillion), as of May 2013. It's no wonder we see students in nations all over the world, fighting for their right to free or a cheaper education.
From a macro-level, it looks like almost nothing can be done. Society has evolved into a capitalistic beast which cares only for industries whom already possess much power and wealth. This has created the schooling complex (get a degree, work for the man, retire under the man and hopefully have enough to allow your children to do the same).
By raising awareness, we can only hope to inform people about how they are being educated, and what other forms of education are out there. I recently watched a TED Talk (see below) where a boy named Logan LaPlante talked about 'Hackschooling' which in short is defined as, "the concept that education, like everything else, is open to being hacked, or improved, not just by working within the current system, but by going outside the educational establishment to find better ways to accomplish the same goals."
Hackschooling provides children with a full on hybrid experience of education. Rather than the typical schooling complex, kids will actually benefit from experiential learning, and not just classroom instruction. Ideas like 'Hackschooling' are what very well could be the future of education, especially as the prices of education continue to skyrocket.
We should no longer determine the intelligence and worth of our youth on the basis of how well they can memorize information or preform analytical and mathematical equations. These functions only represent a TINY fraction of the capabilities that we possess as creative and expressive beings. We must embrace our differences along with our varying sense of strengths and weaknesses. In doing this, we can improve our sense of community along with acquiring a true sense of knowledge and what it means to be 'educated'.
Which of the following choices do you believe to be where education needs to be most improved?
'Hackschooling' - Logan LaPlante
© 2014 Jared Scott