Too Much Schooling, Too Little Education


What is the purpose of education? We mostly think of education in terms of a school setting: classroom, students, tutor, and books. As early as three years we went to kindergarten, then to high school and most of us got to college or university.

No Literacy, No Liberty

Do we really need to go through twelve to fifteen years of schooling?  Is all that necessary to live a comfortable life?

No doubt most would respond it is so obvious and not a question worth asking. Undoubtedly education is the key to success (they might say), the purpose of education is to equip you with the skills that meet societal problems and future needs.

Analyzing this perception, it means then an individual goes through the education levels to learn countable skills for which they anticipate there will be demand in the future.

The more education you have, the more money you are probably going to make. Therefore, we take up tons of student loans and accrue credit debts for the sake of education. The cost of obtaining the particular skill will be outweighed by the benefits of having the right skill set at the right time.

The System Is Broken

“Go to school, get a degree then work for someone.”

Sadly, centuries of increasing access to education have not resulted in more jobs. Persons who have degrees no longer belong to an exclusive club. The job opportunities don’t seem to be enough leading to unemployment crisis. There are millions of graduates competing for the same jobs that were there in the 90’s. Yet there are continual reports of labour shortages. 

Planning/Scheduling Kills Creativity

Despite providing education to the masses, they fall short of the necessary job skills. The masses have not acquired transferable skills that prepare them for the evolving job market. The educated few rely on a few persons to create jobs for the nation.

 As individuals, we must tap into life skills to create our opportunities and rise to success. “Progress by its very nature cannot be planned. In discovering the best of our abilities, we are all entrepreneurs.

“Business success depends on the ability of employees not to apply what is merely known but also add value through their creative and unscripted explorations of what is not.”

The Magic of Education

 Knowledge and understanding are no longer relevant. Education is merely a certification that signals a good employee.

  • Individuals hunt for strong grades and forget most of what they have learned after the exam.
  •  A tutor may assure the student that what’s important is critical thinking, but if the tutor’s assessments test on what requires rote memorialization, then the student will believe that is what is important.

The universities are competing for prestigious rankings. It is now typical for the colleges or universities to outline the learning outcomes in terms of intellectual and practical competencies.

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