Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Cheap Shots

I often use public education as a punching bag.

Not because I’m a bully looking to steal your lunch money, but because schools destroy our artistry.

Do your talents not help pass the standardised tests? Then your gifts aren’t worth having.

At least, as far as our educational system is considered.

After all, schools don’t reward curiosity or innovation, but compliance.

I can’t speak for you, but belonging to a tribe of people who haven’t been taught to think for themselves makes me a bit sad.

Thankfully there are people who believe education should teach children more than just awaiting instructions. And they’re struggling to get it done.

The problem then becomes defining the new objective—what is school for?

And however sensible the bar of education is set, like preparing our children so they may have a brighter future, it ends up being so monumental that almost all efforts fall miserably short.

The difference between what education should do and what it actually does is so large that it’s almost asking for a beating.

Transforming education for the better is tough. If you’re interested in helping, check out www.innovationplaylist.org.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach