Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

What Is School For?

Since the birth of education, schools have focused on filling students with facts. And the only one with a feeding tube was the teacher.

But today, data is everywhere. It’s on every screen connected to the internet. And it’s free.

Knowledge has become trivial.

Job land is now looking for kids who can solve problems.

But our schools are working to the agenda of the 19th century. Teachers are still sweating to cram enough facts down our children’s throats in time for the next big test.

Memorisation is still the name of the game.

Don’t villainize teachers just yet. Educators don’t stuff our kids with content because they think it’s best, but because it’s easy to measure.

Grading a test with predefined answers is simple. When you ask a kid how many planets there in the Solar System and she replies anything but eight, it’s wrong.

But ask a kid to share what she think should define a planet, and suddenly lots of answers are right.

Undetermined solutions also make it hard to compare John with Jane’s work. Because if answers can’t be matched with facts, teachers have to grade kids on effort. And how do you reliably do that?

If we want to prepare our children for job land, we have to make a choice:

Do we test what’s easy and irrelevant or what’s hard and important?

P.S. What do you think defines a planet? Here’s my definition: it looks like a planet, it’s out in space and it has a moon.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach