Why is that education systems are failing us? What needs to change about the ways in which tackle the education system? This excellent animated video, adapted from a talk by Sir Ken Robinson, outlines some of the biggest problems with education and what needs to change.
In particular, Sir Robinson talks about the increasing use of performance enhancing drugs like Ritalin and Adderol, given to students who are diagnosed with ADD and ADHD. He talks about how, while these disorders may indeed be a real problem, that many students may also be misdiagnosed. This is because the school system isn’t designed to engage all the different kinds of individuals, who all have different learning styles and strengths. The current system is designed with a factory approach, to churn out students who all conform to certain standard. But, while this might have worked during industrial times, it is no longer effective or relevant for the current, knowledge-centric economy.
This is at the crux of the problem with the current system, which needs a rapid but systematic overhaul that makes it more responsive to the learners as well as the outside world.