Many of the face to face conversations I’ve been having during my travels of late and the push that’s been occurring on the blog (which I think is a great thing, btw) have been challenging many of the assumptions that I’ve formed over the last five years. I think that’s why I’ve felt pulled to his message, because he asks us to look at things from a different perspective. Here’s a taste from the first few pages that make me want to read more:
One of the most fundamental problems is the very process that’s meant to develop our natural abilities–education…Education doesn’t just follow the natural grain of young people’s abilities; it sorts them through two different filters. The first is economic: education categorises people on implicit assumptions about the labour market. The second filter is intellectual: education sorts people according to a particular view of intelligence. The problem we face now is that the economic assumptions are no longer true and the intellectual filter screens out some of the most important intellectual abilities that children possess. There are drastic consequences for the development of creative abilities. This was always a problem, but now it’s getting critical.
There’s a bunch of good stuff to support the college isn’t necessarily necessary point of view, and there looks to be a great deal more regarding the deconstruction of the current educational system. I’ll reflect more on it as I go. Would love to hear from others who have read it.