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Intelligence

November 18, 2015

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Intelligence (in-ˈte-lə-jən(t)s) – the ability to learn and understand new things or deal with new or difficult situations.

 

Education, where did we go wrong…

 

The modern education system in the United States has become obsessed with achievement, but when did achievement grow in to a disregard for

learning…

 

Labeling a child with a number, or letter, directly impacts their already fragile psyche. Despite whatever justification you have for grade implementation, kids are becoming achievement focused, instead of content focused.

 

Absorbing the information is no longer a primary goal, passing is.

“When students cheat on exams, it’s because our school system values grades more than students value learning.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

Grading, a purely quantitative analysis on progress, allows competition to exist in what should be a collaborative environment and demerits encourage ordinary work. When the possibility of failure is present, intellectual and creative risks are no longer taken and truly original ideas can not be cultivated. These consequences become associated with learning, teaching children they are either the best, or inadequate, further perpetuating the convoluted downward spiral preventing a willingness to learn independently in the future.

 

The most successful and inspirational individuals that have graced this planet had one thing in common, and no it was not an overpriced piece of framed paper. It was the ability to find a creative solution to a problem. The bigger the problem, the higher the payout. Imagine a world without individuals like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Henry Ford…

 

Mass education was originally created by entrepreneurs with this sole goal in mind, make individuals just smart enough to run a factory. This intention should have been eliminated with the development of the printing press, which made knowledge readily accessible. Unfortunately this was not the case. Now that the internet has created a simplistic medium to access information, why do we still rely on previously successful educational institutions that only create a ranking system for us to deem individuals intelligent…

 

 

“Education is what is done to you, learning is what you do to yourself.” – Joi Ito

 

Something needs to change…

 

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