Most of the human race like you and me are required to go to school, take part in “the system”, taking classes and learning to be a part of society. Some go on to academic study’s B.A, M.A Doctorate and so on and so forth. But does the system work? Are we feeding the future generation the right information? Parents and students pay thousands every year and they leave with what exactly? Now I’m not saying school & academic studies are not needed or don’t work, there are subjects that need to be taught. We need a systematic system for many different things. But I feel that we are missing a very crucial part in our education system.
Rush quickly through history school was first mentioned in the Gemara. During that time it was important to teach your kids and others (Orphans) so that there will be no kids not learning Tora. When they saw that there were kids that Gemara was hard for them and they did not “connect”, they said ‘ok, you must at least teach your kid a profession. If you don’t, it is as though you are teaching him/them to be a criminal’. Moving forward Horace Mann in 1850 copied the Prussian techniques for schooling and started it in the United States. From then on the system has been changing more and more to fit its time, and the education system decides what kids need to know for their age group and to join society.
As a society, we think that school is there to teach kids about the big picture, about being coherent. But what the system actually does is teach many subjects that for the most part have nothing to do one with the other and I think causes confusion and disorder. And they don’t gain the basic knowledge (jobs, forms, psychometric etc.) about society and how to live and move forward in our world. Education in its most basic form is the process of transforming data and information into un-meaningful knowledge to the learners. That causes lack of caring, emotional and intellectual dependence on the system, age separation, the destruction of natural learning and most of all-missing key teachings and love and understanding of the subjects.
Now I am not attacking our Education System, it is a very important tool to have, but I do think some things need to be changed. For example I am 26-fresh out of university (which will remain anonymous); I am currently in the “looking for a job stage” and the more I go through interviews, sending CV’s and asking around, I realize that I have never been taught how to play the game, how to get and do basic things. I was never taught how to write a CV, how to dress for an interview, how to find a job (where to look for that specific subject), was never asked if I had a plan for after school and if I needed advice? (Through school) and I have nobody in the education system (That I went through) to go to about it. For example: after my service in the army I had a week of learning how to be a civilian again (forms, what things mean etc.) and that was only after 3 years in the service. Don’t you think a university should have the same thing? Let’s even take it a step further high school- never taught me how to fill out basic forms (101, bank etc.), never spoke about psychometry in high school (what it is, how to take it, how it helps), never spoke about academic studies over just taking jobs for the long run. Army gets one week after 3 years, university gets nothing after 3-5 years of studying and high school gets almost nothing after 12 years of studying, does that make sense to you?
For the first time being on my own, I feel like only now I am learning about the big world. Don’t you think that’s sad? After 16 years of Education, the first question I am asked at a job interview is what experience do you have? Not what have you learned, not where or how high are your grades? But only experience! How sad is that. The funny part about all this is that my experience I gained myself. Yes, most jobs want people with degrees but it’s the experience that matters, don’t you think that’s funny. The thing that matters the most our system doesn’t teach. My parents paid 16 years of education, put me through private tutors, years of books and homework and in the end, I got my “experience” somewhere else? Do you see the problem?
Now I am not asking to change the system, but I think there are key subjects that should be added to the program. Looking back is there something you wished you have had learned in school?