What’s wrong with the educational system

An excellent dissection of what’s wrong with TED and in a general view, what’s wrong with the lecture-focused educational system. Some of the best parts are below, but I encourage you to read the whole transcript.

This is bullsh*t.

Why should you be sitting there listening to me? To paraphrase Dan Gillmor, you know more than I do. Will Richardson should be up here instead of me. And to paraphrase Jay Rosen, you should be the people formerly known as the audience.

But right now, you’re the audience and I’m lecturing.

That’s bullsh*t.

What does this remind of us of? The classroom, of course, and the entire structure of an educational system built for the industrial age, turning out students all the same, convincing them that there is one right answer — and that answer springs from the lecturn. If they veer from it they’re wrong; they fail.

What else does this remind us of? Media, old media: one-way, one-size-fits-all. The public doesn’t decide what’s news and what’s right. The journalist-as-speaker does.


So we need to move students up the education chain. They don’t always know what they need to know, but why don’t we start by finding out? Instead of giving tests to find out what they’ve learned, we should test to find out what they don’t know. Their wrong answers aren’t failures, they are needs and opportunities.


We must stop looking at education as a product – in which we turn out every student giving the same answer – to a process, in which every student looks for new answers. Life is a beta.

Read the whole transcript.

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2 responses to “What’s wrong with the educational system”

  1. kilaal says:

    Lots of hullaballoo for making the education perfect for everyone as well as to solve the disparity among the boys along with the girls this is obvious education has to be very much attaching option for anyone. As above the education could be in a one could easily show their talent and take part in competitive world in front them which are tougher to take part. Thus proper education is needed for anyone.

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  2. Actually it’s a long debate by telling the truth what’s wrong with the education system. It varies from system to system and region to region. Every single pointed out factors are very much worth in mentioning as well as stating in a way so that every students would get the nice posture as well as gesture maintaining the actual course of actions of finishing the educational activities in all the way.. Therefore this is an ambitious approach to all to make the education good for all.