Educational system goals are inextricably intertwined with society’s requirements. Seth Godin’s talk in the link below is very insightful in understanding how the training of obedient and passive individuals was incentivized by the industrial revolution. In short, mass-producing companies benefited and preferred such complying individuals who carry their passivity into the workplace.
In contrast, the modern world seeks and cherishes people who can stand out and have innovative and out of the box ideas. Consequently, it only makes sense to update the educational system to reflect modern society and refrain from traditional teaching objectives such as pure obedience, memorization, and standardization. Additionally, contemporary pedagogy should take advantage of the rapid advancements in technology and their increasing adoption rate and usage, especially by the young generation. The new technologies have made people more connected than ever before, providing opportunities for cooperative instead of isolated learning. Many kids are already better familiar with the latest technologies. Given the right mindset and mentorship, they will become the change agents to advance their society instead of staying safe by keeping quiet.
I want to end my blog post with a quote from “A New Professional: The Aims of Education Revisited” by Parker J. Palmer that resonated the most with me and that shows how powerful and impactful pedagogy is:
“It was long assumed that females failed at math because their brains were structured differently than men’s. Then came a generation of pedagogues who saw the secret hidden in plain sight: Women are told early on that “girls can’t do math,” so they come to class with minds paralyzed by fear. Today, as many math educators pay attention to emotions as well as to the intellect, women succeed in math at rates similar to those of men.”