6 Problems with our School System

there is a growing feeling today that something is wrong with our system of education but what is it well we send our children to school to prepare them for the real world which is changing very very fast but our schools haven't changed much for hundreds of years in fact thought leaders from around the world agree that the current system of education was designed in the industrial age mainly to churn out factory workers and this Industrial Age mentality of mass production and mass control still runs deep in schools industrial age values we educate children by batches and govern their lives by ringing bells all day long students do nothing that follow instructions sit down take out your box turn to page 40 solve problem number three stop talking at school you're rewarded for doing exactly what you're told these are Industrial Age values that were really important for factory workers their success depended on following instructions and doing exactly what they were told but in today's world how far can you get by simply following instructions the modern world values people who can be creative who can communicate their ideas and collaborate with others but our children don't get a chance to develop such skills in a system that's based on Industrial Age values lack of autonomy and control at school our children experience a complete lack of autonomy and control every minute of a child's life is tightly controlled by the system but in today's world if you're doing important work then you're managing your own time you're making your own decisions regarding what to do and when to do it but life at school looks very different the system is sending a dangerous message to our children that they are not in charge of their own lives they just have to follow whatever is laid down instead of taking charge and making the most of their lives experts believe autonomy is incredibly important for children it's no wonder then that our children are bored and deem motivated by school can you imagine how you would feel if you were told exactly what to do for every minutes of your life in authentic learning most of the learning that happens in schools today is not authentic because it relies on memorization and rote learning the system defines a generic set of knowledge that all children must know and then every few months we measure how much has been retained by administering exams we know that such learning is not authentic because most of it is gone the day after the exam learning can be much deeper and more authentic it can be so much more than just memorization and retention but that's the only thing we measure and test scores are the only thing we value this has created an extremely unhealthy culture for students parents and teachers children are going through endless hours of tuitions staying up all night memorizing useless facts that they will forget very soon no room for passions and interests we have an extremely standardized system where each child must learn the same thing at the same time in the same way as everyone else this doesn't respect the basic fact of being human that each of us is unique and different in our own way we all have different passions and interests and the key to fulfillment in life is to find your passion but to do the schools of today help our children find and develop their passion there seems to be no room in the current education system for the most important questions in a child's life what am I good at what do I want to do in life how do I fit into this world the system doesn't seem to care there are so many greatly talented people who failed in the traditional school system fortunately they were able to overcome these failures but not everyone can we have no measure for how much talent how much potential goes unrecognized in the current system differences in how we learn each of us is also different in how we learn in how much time we take to learn something and what tools and resources work best for us but the system has no room for such differences so if you're a bit slow in learning something you are considered a failure when all you needed was a bit more time to catch up lecturing in the current system children are lectured for more than five hours a day but there are a few big problems with lecturing Sal Khan from Khan Academy calls lecturing a fundamentally dehumanizing experience thirty kids with fingers on their lips not allowed to interact with each other also in any given classroom different students are at different levels of understanding now whatever the teacher does there are bound to be students who are either bored because they're ahead or confused because they're behind because of the internet hands Digital Media our children have at their fingertips all the information in the world technology has made it possible for anyone to learn anything but for fear of losing control the system is not leveraging these incredible resources our system of education which evolved in the Industrial Age has become outdated and ineffective if we want to prepare our children for the modern world if we want learning to be effective and engaging then there's no doubt that we need to fundamentally change our system of Education

23 thoughts on “6 Problems with our School System

  1. I’m tired of. Remember things instead of actually learning stuff it has been proved that half of the stuff we’re learning today will be forgotten later in life

  2. Me: “So if I don’t hand in my assignment on Bigfoot, I’ll fail at life and be homeless till I die?”

    School: “precisely”

  3. Their are good learning sites out there but the schools don't give them to the students but instead we get crappy sites that just make the students fall asleep

  4. kid gets bullied

    school: does nothing

    kid misses one problem on his homework


  5. This is very relatable for me.
    I'm a 6th grade student from Hungary and our educational system makes me feel very stressed out.

    I have to memorise 6 verses of a poem (180 lines) in 3 days. I'm not a bad student (end of year grade 4.50 in HUN I think it is like between A and B in the USA).
    Obviously, I agree that this is a problem, but some people (ex.: my parents, teachers) say that this is what we have to learn because they had to learn it as well and I think that they just don't want to accept change, that we need/want a change just because they didn't have the courage to stand up for themselves or just simply didn't notice that this education system is not working.
    And just why can't they teach us useful stuff? Seriously. I'm 12 and I still don't know how to start a freakin' washing machine!

  6. My high school IT teacher gave me a detention note because I found a different solution to fixing a python programme than the method she had planned for
    She listed it as "going against teachers instructions" needless to say when my head of year heard this she discarded the note and sent me on my way

  7. I go to Congress middle school (yes idc that I spoiled my school because I barely be there anyway) and let me tell you there is a fight almost every week kids doing drugs smoking weed bullying, the teachers don’t teach the kids are all depressed and sad and the actual smart kids are the ones you want to stay away from the police fire department the paramedics are always there because of fires people stealing bringing weapons on campus etc and it’s not getting better it’s getting to the point where kids are just not showing we are scared that any day something can happen but guess what they don’t do nothing they just sit there and look at us like we are the bad guys blaming on the kids saying “we are gonna make it no where in life” if we keep doing this but we are doing nothing wrong we are doing are job as children to get an education but they are the ones who don’t want to teach us and giving us an F for doing something they don’t like (I’m sorry but I had to rant for a sec)

  8. Teachers sit here starts a fight with me and when I stand up for myself I GET INTO TROUBLE, or heres a packet now do it. me:doesn't remember how

  9. Things I dont about school

    1. Homework over the weekends
    2. Stress and Depression from Exams
    3. The amount of bullying in some schools

    Things I like about school

    1. Friends

  10. Excellent video! if you ever do a remake, make sure to have famous female homeschoolers in it as well 🙂

  11. At my school, if someone attacks/hits you, you have to let them beat you up. If you fight back then you'll get suspended or expelled as well even if it was self-defense.

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