The education system is slow to change. We haven’t had a change since the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind in 2001, and that’s working so great. Did you notice the sarcasm? Was it too thick? No Child Left Behind (NCLB) had a goal, that 100 percent of students would be proficient in math and english by 2014. Well, how’s that working out? The education system is obviously inefficient for the learners that we are dealing with today. “Hacking” the education system seems like a good idea to me. We aren’t teaching students anything that they will use. I haven’t used algebra since I took the class, yet I was taught to balance a check book in eighth grade, and never again. Which one do you use more often?
I think we need to teach students how to live a happy life. We need to teach students what is important in life. The majority of people aren’t going to use algebra to figure out their interest for their mortgage or car payment because it’s done for them. I like knowing how to do it, but I don’t. We need to teach students what they need to know to get through life. We can each learn to excel in school, but once we’re out, and real life begins, we’re helpless. We have to teach ourselves the best way to get through life. I wish that I knew how to make the changes, but that’s been left up to politicians, not educators. I think the people who are most frustrated with the education system are educators, and those who suffer from it are the students. Hacking the education system, making it more geared toward teaching students how to make happy and healthy lives, is a great idea.
Logan LaPlante, a thirteen year old boy who gave a TED talk, is currently being educated in a “hacked” system. He is highly intelligent, and knows exactly what he wants. He doesn’t focus in one area, and is probably smarter than many college graduates. He is on to something. Unfortunately, one thirteen year old and a small group of education “hackers” can’t make the change. It takes so much more than that. Most parents trust the education system despite having gone through a traditional education. I think that’s because too many people are afraid of change. We would rather let our kids be taught the things that they’ll never use, that they don’t need, than how to live a happy and healthy life. Heaven forbid we teach a little creativity! I think that kids need to be given a little freedom to pursue what they want, even if it’s finger painting in peanut butter and catsup. The education system needs a reboot, it needs to keep up with the times, because NCLB is just a new layer to what was established in 1965, Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Let’s throw all of that away and start anew. Kids today are smarter than we give them credit for, they don’t want to learn traditionally, they want to be hacked.