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April 22, 2012 / Brent Sears

7 Changes Needed in Education – To Name a Few

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t think that our education system needs to change. Most people agree on the following:

1. The cost of schooling is too high.
2. The kids today are using different tools than those in which their teachers were trained to instruct.
3. The Internet has completely changed how students are learning.
4. There is too much student debt in “higher education” – the US just passed $1 trillion.
5. When information is always available, memorizing facts is kind of pointless.
6. To stay competitive, a person’s education now needs to be constant.
7. A college education does not guarantee a good job.

In the old world, every school was built around its library, but now they are built around servers. YouTube, Apple, and MIT, to name just a few, now have world class content available for free and on-demand. What they all lack is accreditation, which leads to some sort of degree or certification.

The new system is here, and we all know it. The problem is, no one has figured out how to implement it – yet. That is what we must and will be doing into the future. It won’t look the same as the one we have now, and new people will be leading it, solving old problems in new ways with tools that may not be invented yet. We will be writing a new story that replaces the one we currently have; the one that says education is something you do in the classroom between ages 5-22, to solve problems that someone has already figured out.

Sounds like fun to me!

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