Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Practicality of Education Systems

I think that Rodger Schank provides many good points in his argument against education systems. I've seen a connection between Schank's article and Sir Ken Robinson's article, being that they both talk about the irrelevancy of mind-numbing classes and the fact that education is based on a system made for a completely different era. I agree that if students are completely uninterested in a class, then they won't learn from it and will probably continue to hate the subject for the rest of their educational career (seeing as they won't use it outside of college anyway). Earlier this year we read a speech by Steve Jobs that told us to pursue classes and things we were interested in, as that will make us more successful in a global job market. We often take classes because we feel that they will help us in college, when in reality, some of the things we learn in high school and college classes have little to no application in our every-day lives. I do feel, however, that students should take at least a few different classes to create a more broad and well-rounded educational background rather than a narrow-minded background. That being said, Schank makes very good points that should be taken into consideration by education systems around the globe.

1 comment:

  1. I too agree that we should take a few classes that we may not like to create a more broad and well-rounded education. But for the most part, if we don't like a class and it won't help or apply to us in later life we shouldn't have to take it.