Education is Strength, Education is Opportunity - He said

Education is Strength, Education is Opportunity – He said

One day I found an attractive man sitting and drinking coffee at Starbucks; we talked about the stupidity and challenges of various people on Wall Street and in our political leadership, and he couldn’t say enough spiteful things about Republicans in Washington DC, and people on Wall Street, claiming that they were the ones who robbed people of their opportunities people to work for living wage and be successful in life. Then he made blanket statement that:

“Education is Strength, It’s Opportunity.”

Well, I think I completely disagree. Not because knowledge is unnecessary or that education is “way” or perceived way to get that knowledge, nor is it the fact that solid education will definitely help on resumes for certain types of job positions, sure it’s quite true, at least in our period now, however, one can also say, well I would specifically say that:

“Higher Education and Student Loans, Towards Economic Slavery,” or that “Higher Education has Introduced So Much Political Accuracy into Our Society that Basically Pirates the American Way of Life,” and see the results today, right now. Is this good enough? Is this the best and “final” answer to advanced and modern civilizations? Student loans of $ 100,000 or more, and textbooks of more than $ 250 per year for information that you can get in free online lectures, or from WikiPedia?

Furthermore, I will tell you that because the ratio of job applications for open positions is very high, many employers need more substantial education, not because they need it but to shorten the pile of resumes. This results in artificial demand for higher education, and because we allow students to borrow money for higher education, it inflates the bubble, thereby increasing costs – but to no avail, those who have lot of education, will only have more debt in the future – By therefore, forced to work to pay it back.

“Economic Slavery as an Opportunity Through Education?” Really, do you think so?

Furthermore, and I can say this as an entrepreneur who leaves school to run my own company, it seems to me that higher education in many ways only causes linear thinking and the highest adherence to prospective employers, so it really is like “training dogs “and human domestication as whole in the exchange of bones, or in this case higher salary?

And still, it comes with dog collar and student loan debt chain, with taxpayers picking up dirt when the loan fails or the dogs forget? Please consider all of this and if I offend you, overcome it, you are good puppy, you can handle it.…

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Education in Our Networked Future

Education in Our Networked Future

As we enter the Connected Age, our education systems are increasingly falling short. We have carefully crafted and refined the education system, schools, vocational colleges and secular universities, but they are edifices of different age.

There are three reasons why I say so.

First, we have moved from time of information scarcity to information abundance. Today’s challenge is not to access information, but to check its credential and to be able to use it in context. But our prescriptive education is mostly about ‘knowing’ things rather than ‘discovery’. The school system is designed to discourage inventiveness and questioning. The students are still required to write memorized answers rather than Googling the facts and building independent or collaborative coursework.

Moreover, the education system today is built as Value Chain systems. The focus is on the Process, and the whole ideis to add value to student who turns up at the beginning of the semester so that she can meet the end-Semester requirements. But such standardized processes are, by definition, inflexible to accommodate diverse learning preferences of individuals. The mass produced education also discriminates against niche subjects and special interests. This education system fails to meet its societal need – because making accountants out of artists does not sound like smart ideany more.

Finally, today’s learners come to college after seeing computer at home for their entire lifetime, having their mobile phones since their school days and most, if not all, have their best friends on Facebook or Orkut. They come from the long tail world of endless, special, personal possibilities. So, the college, the classes, the tutorial batches are suddenly very alien to them. The only way education can become meaningful to today’s learners is by connecting back with life.

So, at one end, I hear the teachers complaining that students were texting or checking emails on their mobile while the class was on. I sat in school board meeting to decide whether students should be expelled from the class for using Facebook during the sessions. At the extreme end, there are complaints of abuse, disrespect, physical violence against the teachers. While this may be symptom of wider social dysfunction in some cases, these are also indicators that the education does not seem to be delivering value.

So, privatise! This is the modern perspective to solve the education problem. Privatize the whole system and watch the magic: suddenly, new shiny computers will transform the classroom and make it fun place. Modern, ready for Facebook generation. But most efforts in privatisation has not changed the system, they merely tried to improve it. The traditional value chain model was retained. The choice declined, with demands for more profitable courses crowding out the niche ones. The whole system resembled more like factory, with greater focus on process efficiencies.

But an alternative model of education is quietly emerging. This is model, which one would call Facilitated User Network. This is different from Value Chain, because, here, value does not reside in the process or the …

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