Education in trouble?
The difficulty centers around resources, and as business controls the agenda, or as computers do more and more, we push out the human spirit. Furthermore, educators want students to learn more. And what do they do? They give them more tests – more standardized tests. One may ask, do students necessarily learn more if they are given more tests? And do they even learn more if given more information? As recent studies comparing results and curriculum content with various countries suggest, maybe the problem with the countries showing weak educational standards is that they are trying to teach their students too much. Perhaps deeper comprehension is better than a broad familiarity with a subject. The old adage may indeed be true, that less is more.
To better exemplify the view, let us take a look how far away we are today in our education from where the Greeks were. On the road to produce such minds as Plato and Aristotle, did Socrates care about a midterm exam when he was Plato’s teacher? Did Plato say to his student Aristotle – a twenty-page paper, no less? Perhaps what’s missing today is guidance by the natural desire in students to learn – literally the Latin word, educare, to draw out, meaning that knowledge is coming from within, and not imposed from without. Over three hundred years ago Galileo said, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself”. But now we know that he was full of shit.