Working in the public school system has drastically changed the way I think about learning and education. In our current format, funding for schools is based largely on standardized tests which encourages memorization and test taking skills not the ability to think critically about our ever changing world.
I see a number of students who are very successful in high school but are not equipped to handle life outside of the controlled environment of high school. I don’t think schools will ever be able to teach kids everything they need to know before graduating high school; that can only be done through the effort of families and the community. I do, however, think there is a better way to educate the youth of our country. Our schools need to make a fundamental change from encouraging good test scores to encouraging good learning skills. People who actively seek knowledge and information and know how to educate themselves will in the long run be far more successful. Sir Ken Robinson has a number of Ted talks, articles and books on the topic of education that explore better ways of educating youth. Check out the all of Robinson’s resources and the article below to learn more about better ways of educating America.