What have these issues lead us to
While this system provided the best option available two hundred years ago, forming as many students as possible for in a way that resembled what they would be facing in the real world, that no longer hold true. The current educational system separates people in two major categories academic and non-academic. Academic people have a higher chance of doing better in school and consequently succeeding in life.
But simply because you have a good memory and a logical, pragmatic way of thinking doesn't mean that you are smarter than somebody else or that you are worth more than them. The current educational system aims to mold people into being academic, asking them to learn the right answer and regurgitate it on a piece of paper. This is so extreme that in France for example, 20% of student are believed to not have the required level of education at the end of middle school.
It’s positive effects on the logical part of the brain are undeniable but what about the rest? How much innovation was wasted by it? Solutions and change come from switching perceptions, redefining paradigms, thinking outside the box. Unfortunately, our system only seems to support this development at university, where the vast majority of people will never go. Furthermore, it is through collaboration and not competition that we are able to work to achieve better things for our society and our world, our educational system tends to forget that.
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~African proverb.
Our educational system has not moved on with its times. Something that only too few countries have realised and are acting upon, Finland is a prime example of a country that has.
Finland has one of the best educational systems in the world. However, this wasn't always the case. Before the 1970s, when Finland's educational was the same as the united states, it was performing quite poorly on the educational ladder. However, the country underwent severe changes in its system and is now ranked as number one in the world. What did these changes consist of?
What the Finish have introduced is a system focused on helping to create an environment that will prompt the students to learn with passion rather than by forcing syllabus content on them . Their goal is for the children to enjoy their time at school and grow up as individuals who know how to interact with one another and who have had a childhood based on exploring life's treasures. These principles are the ones the finish have been following: