The education system in America has been in place for over 200 years. Although there have been many changes in that time, some things have not. One of the biggest changes is the focus on standardized testing, which has replaced practical experience. Some parents and students believe that the emphasis on letter grades is more important than learning the substance. The education system also hasn’t kept up with the changes in the job market. Nowadays, the job market demands higher critical thinking skills, and more students are leaning toward entrepreneurial thinking.
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Our education system is designed to help students develop skills and think differently, but in practice it’s producing a generation of students who have no clue about how to change the world. Our current system of public education is not a perfect system; it’s a factory – it fails to teach diverse students. We need to change our education system to make sure that it is still relevant. And while this might sound like a good idea on the surface, the truth is that most aspects of our public education have changed significantly over the years.
While some educators are trying to respond to the changing times, many are unable to change the way they teach. Teachers are often stuck in ways that don’t promote learning, and technologies are often added without a clear purpose. The teachers who are leading the agenda are themselves products of that system. But while the educational system has undergone many changes over the last few years, it still fails to recognize and accommodate diverse learning styles. Sadly, our current system doesn’t aim for anything other than high test scores.