If I were to sum up the problem with the Higher Education System in one word it would be:
The ideas and passion that put it there are long expired and no longer satiate our needs as a society. We need more than just existence, we need life.
- Some will say it helps us get jobs, but I say that employers are dumb for requiring a degree at all, and they know it.
- Some say it helps us train for our career, but I say that you'll be retrained your first day on the job anyhow.
- Some might say it weeds out the lazy and the stupid, but I say it weeds out the creative and the genius.
- Some say that's just the way it is, and I dream about the way it can be.
Anything that stagnates too long dies, maybe not in a physical sense, but in an emotional sense. The paradigm held by the college system elite is that we should make college difficult and challenging to create the best doctors, lawyers, politicians, and businessmen possible, but I say this top-down approach is archaic. I believe every person is best in their own right, in a given set of circumstances. Every student should be challenged, yes, but not to the point of ostracism. The new system should thrive on each individual's characteristics and each person should be able to develop and grow within the system. This is the best approach. Actually, it's the only sustainable approach.
This theory needs to be grounded. What we need in the real world is a system that has a dynamic structure. One where there are guiding principles, not stringent rules. A system that is governed by its students, whose experiences are what make the system work in the first place. The system will not abide grades, standards, nor meaningless tasks, but experience, learning, and growth! As individuals we may succeed by our individual agendas, but in that, be unified as a school. A school dedicated to the things that really matter in life.
So maybe its not that we need a new freeway built, but perhaps we need to completely re-invent the transportation system as we know it.
A summary of points:
- The current system is lifeless. There is little excitement in it.
- Anything that stagnates too long dies.
- Who knows what kind of people are being ostrasized by the "system".
- "I believe every person is best in their own right, in a given set of circumstances."
- The current system elites are bent on shutting people out. The new system will bring everybody in, help them through, and encourage them to grow.
This is not about me talking to you, this is about us talking about the future; our future.