Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity – Albert Einstein.
This is the problem with education in most nations especially in my beloved Nigeria.
The education system we operate now started in the early 1900s and was designed to fit the after school culture of the time where everyone worked in offices and factories. This system was designed to teach them how to be efficient and yes, it was efficient.
Today, the world requires a different kind of education system to prepare graduates for after school. After school is no longer limited to just work at offices and factories anymore. Now we have more Entertainers, Artistes, Fashion designers, digital media strategist, online entrepreneurs, tech geeks, etc than those working in the formal sector. The school system didn’t prepare itself for these set of individuals.
The system for training has become obsolete but we have turned a blind eye. It’s almost as though we are afraid of change – the change we all be clamoring for every time something doesn’t go according to plan.
Its easy to see problems, you don’t need to be a smart to spot them. The real question is how do we solve them? How do we ensure that the current and future generation gets the adequate 21st century education?
We only need to look into the lifestyle of the target individuals today to spot how to tailor our schools to get the best out of them.
What social media has shown us is that people crave a sense of belonging – they want others to hear them and acknowledge their opinions. This is contrary to what the school system today is. Today we expect all students to know the “correct answer” or shut up. We are preventing them from expressing themselves like they do online.
Playing puzzles together, team games, etc. The younger generation crave these things and interestingly the work place demands teamwork as a work tool, yet somehow the school system frowns against teamwork. The factory education system encourages individual performance, but the 21st century education and workplace demands collaboration. If this is the case, then we must start to teach and encourage collaboration with kids early enough.
Now you know what I am talking about, the list is endless. It is long overdue for our schools to update the curriculum and teaching style. It’s the only way we can guarantee efficiency from the “Leaders of Tomorrow”.
You do not put new wine in old skin.