The Current State of Education
Majority of us don't have access to quality education.
Unfortunately, the majority of the population today is still stuck with century-old education models that are designed to train people to work in factories. These models celebrate the one-size-fits-all approach, grading and ranking systems, fixed school schedules, underpaying educators, high teacher-to-student ratios, and so on. Many schools and programs are also negatively influenced by politics and business, making learning inefficient, boring, and stressful.
Experts in education have been criticizing these methods for decades, pointing out how it no longer fits the needs of today’s society. Towards the end of schooling, many students and parents also start to realize that all of the money, time, and energy they invested into education did not pay off as much as they expected it to. We can expect to see more outcomes like this in the next a few decades when more and more jobs are being replaced by technologies such as A.I. and robots.
Many countries have had successful education reforms. Yet, only some private schools and charter schools in the US have recently been able to make significant changes. The rest of the students have no choice but to remain in the traditional education model that cares more about test scores than acquiring practical knowledge and skills that matter for students' future. As a result, it is very common to see that many students do not enjoy schools and learning. Some negative outcomes including they get easily addicted to video games, social media, and television shows. We can even see high suicide rates amongst the youth population in some countries where students receive high pressure from this outdated education model.
The Problem with K-12 Education Model :
"Our K-12 system largely still adheres to the century-old, industrial-age factory model of education."
— Arne Duncan(2010), Formal US Secretary of Education
The problem with current school curriculum:
"The structure of the school curriculum was inherited from the 19th century and before."
— Allan Collins (2017), Professor Emeritus of Education and Social Policy
at Northwestern University