Everyday we read blogs, look at videos, attend conferences, read research, watch Comedy Central, tweet, talk and write and think about how the Old Industrial Model of education is killing us. In my own activist work, in fact, I say, we don’t need to describe the failure of the current educational system. The case has been made. Abundantly.
And yet while shift may be happening, I wonder. What makes the Old Model so sticky?
Why Do We Keep On Doing School The Way We Do? My list of Top Ten:
- We require babysitting for our kids. We don’t know what to do with kids if they aren’t in school everyday.
- We don’t want adolescents competing with adults in the labor market.
- Many people live like they’re still in high school anyway. What’s the big deal?
- Millions of adults depend on the institution for employment, pensions, a sense of self.
- If I learned this way, then you should have to too.
- If you grow up expecting learning to be fun, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
- If everyone thinks they’re smart and capable, no one will do the crappy jobs.
- Being asked to change makes me uncomfortable. I’ll do almost anything not to feel uncomfortable.
- Human beings require a lot of prodding, management and shaming to learn things.
- I’m afraid.
Take a plunge. What do you say?