What’s Wrong with Our Education?

It is so obvious that our education system is failing, but somehow it takes a famous person to speak out the simple truth. A must-watch for those who don’t know what to do with their education (which should be quite common under the current system) and those (including myself) who question why it takes so much money and preparations for something rather simple and unstimulating.

We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other are things like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they’re customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education. And it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.

We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development; all you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.

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