What To Do About Education
When the world paints a bleak picture, what are we to do?
We all know something is wrong with the current education system, there is no doubting that. There has been so much talk about action for years so why don’t we see change? We hear everyday that Americans are falling behind in test scores and we are
becoming a less competitive nation. Who’s to blame? Is it our school system? Our parents? Society? Ourselves? Should our nation gravitate towards a more “Tiger Mother” mentality and really push the youth? I honestly don’t know, but what I do know is that we are not dumb. In fact, sometimes I believe, and so do many, that we are in fact becoming smarter. Smarter in the non traditional sense, in a way that we have yet to measure. This by no means equates that we can write off the current situation, it simply means we have to capitalize on an unmeasurable variable yet accounted for. What could it be? Could it be creativity? Could it be our honest willingness to achieve stability and harmony within our globalized world? Communication maybe? Like I said, I do not know, nor do I believe I hold the answer. I can tell you this though, something is happening and when that “something” does finally happen, it will be known and that magic variable we are looking for will be incredibly apparent.
However, this positive picture is not the current state. We have to figure out a way to get us there. We have to do it together. I believe we already have the tools at our disposal. With technology, specifically the internet, friendship, and the collective wisdom of generations before, we can succeed. In the mean time, I’d like to challenge everyone to forget complacency. Completely erase it from our minds. We can not settle. Becoming too comfortable has proven to be the beginning of the end for so many before us and I sure hope that is not the case for us right now.
How do we avoid complacency? We disorient. Like true Americans, entrepreneurs, and global citizens, we must take it upon ourselves to feed our minds and grow. Who ever said, education stops at graduation? Learning is a life long process, and today’s world, with its incredible pace and uncertainty, requires us to stay sharp and flexible. Like they say, “innovate or perish.” So let me ask you…
How will you disorient? How will you innovate? I want to know.
Feeling rather positive, let me step off my soapbox.
“Creativity is the concept, innovation is the process” – William Coyn