Reading Review: School Stinks
July 2, 2012Posted by on
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin
Seth Godin has written a ton of books and manifestos and eBooks and blog posts and probably a bunch of other stuff too. I’ve heard his name all over the place but this was his first writing that I’d read.
Apparently, Godin feels quite strongly that our nations public school system as a whole is broken. But…there’s really not a good way to fix it. Basically, Godin says that our education system was built and designed as a way to churn out factory workers. When public school was started, we wanted to teach kids what they needed to know to be better factory employees – mostly to follow instructions, stand in line, sit still and do as told. The “three r’s” were central to all learning because they were necessary skills for the majority of employees at the time.
And now? We don’t really need everyone to be a factory worker. We need artists and musicians and entrepreneurs. We need leaders, not a bunch of people obeying rules and following directions. The problem is that you can’t change an entity as old and vast as our public school system without lots and lots and lots of effort from lots and lots and lots of people over lots and lots and lots of years. Anyone who picked up the torch now would likely not live to see the end of the battle, so to speak. And those most passionate about the education system – parents of children currently or soon to be in school – would not see benefits of any changes until long after their children graduate.
So, it’s not an easy cause. But whether you agree with him or not, Godin presents some very interesting information. And, while he doesn’t really give an easy solution, anyone with any interest in our nation’s school system (teachers, parents, future parents, employers, future employers, conscientious citizens) should give this book a read.
And, hey, it’s a free download.
What are you reading this summer?