I’m sick of all these “disruptive education startups” that think that the problem with education is distribution. Taking a broken paradigm and moving it to the internet just means that you’ve found a faster and more global way to screw up younger generations. Sure, access to education is an issue, but it’s like replacing the window of a car when the engine is broken, the door won’t open, and you’re driving on 3 wheels.
To truly create a more effective conception of school, you need to question your most basic assumptions:
- Are children truly helpless learners who need knowledge force fed to them by adults?
- What’s the ultimate measure of success of a “school”?
- Are the only methods of funding a school dependent on government and parents?
I don’t think truly transformational education reform will come from within the system. Not from the government, not from private schools, not from charter schools. Questioning these basic assumptions is too much of a threat to their existence.
Here I want to write a paragraph about how the next generation of school will be so much more effective than traditional schooling that it can’t be ignored. How sending your child a few hours on weekends could be 10X more effective, and how the entrenched education institutions won’t see it coming. How creating a highly effective, incredibly fun, and totally optional version of “school” could transform the landscape of education almost unrecognizably in a span of 10 years.
But of course, that would be crazy.