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Discuss: Are Schools, In Their Current Form, Necessary?

I have, in a previous post, wondered about the utility of schools and universities in our age. While both institutions had some residual utility in the pre-internet era, we have moved on.

Every kid has his/her optimal style of learning and a ‘one size fits all’ approach is neither desirable or necessary. So why spend money and time on baby sitting plus indoctrination?

Do schools educate children?

Let me clarify- I can see a role for some form of pre-school and primary school (basic literacy etc). It is however clear to me that schools, in their current form, are incapable of educating children. This issue also merges with my concern about the utility of current examination formats as a measure of learning.

Ask yourself- Would you believe any teacher over Wikipedia and Google? Would kids? Have we not already reached the point where online information is superior in objectivity, multiple viewpoints and access to some woman indoctrinating kids in a concrete room?

In any case, the ” forced socialization” occurring in schools does facilitate learning or education, does it?

Comments?

  1. MeMyselfI
    April 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Government schooling is obsolete. Tried and failed. Unless… you’re with the government or a sociopath.

    “One size fits all” is the key phrase. It DOESN’T.

    “School” should be as ubiquitous and varied as fast food. Most of it should/could be accomplished via the internet and supplemented by various “academies” (fast-food schools).

    The other _perceived_ problem is the *supervision* of schooling. What seems optimal to me is that the parent should be *directly* supervising the educational process. But, the perception is that this is “inefficient” since most people believe (mistakenly) that both parents need to earn an income. And, buy “supervising” I don’t necessarily mean “home schooling” (but it could)… taking the kids to various academies each day (“fast-food” schools) would be just as effective – and good for society. Broaden the socialization… escape from the monolithic structure/meat grinder that we’ve created. Stay away from the monolithic idealogical stagnation that typifies government schools.

    *Anything* would be better than what we have now…

  2. Columnist
    April 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I couldn’t say it better. Actually, even thirty years ago, self-education from books was superior to the official curriculum.

  3. Nestorius
    April 16, 2011 at 2:36 am

    The best learning methods at all times are:
    1) from master to apprentice, or
    2) learning by oneself, which only a few can achieve.

  4. Eamon
    April 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Schools these days are all about indoctrination, not education. Self-learning is much more effective, ask anyone with a brain. “The best university is a library of books” – Albert Camus
    Nassim Taleb talked about the forthcoming replacement of academia by widely available sources of information like wikis, Kahn academy, etc
    The good thing is that these aforementioned sources are not populated with “tenured” professors telling lies…

  5. November 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Fuck no they aren’t necessary. Plus – like religions, jobs and groupthink – it’s a waste of time.

  6. P Ray
    November 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Would you believe any teacher over Wikipedia and Google? Would kids? Have we not already reached the point where online information is superior in objectivity, multiple viewpoints and access to some woman indoctrinating kids in a concrete room?
    Kids are given marks for repeating what the woman says.
    Getting those marks are necessary for a job, since most are not rich.
    Therefore this sad condition will continue.

    On the other hand, there is a way out for the girls … they can offer up sex for a place to stay.
    The guys are up shit creek without a paddle though.

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