There are two Latin roots for the word education; Educare "to rear or bring up" and Educere "draw out from within or to lead out of. Many feel neither is occurring as human ingenuity, energy, or goodwill, and talent is being lost on an industrial scale at school. Maybe that's what universities are for?
Education is the pillar in which modern society has been built on and to be built on for many years to come. However, many have started to question the infrastructure of education and if the current model is suitable or even appropriate for current times, plus its role in shaping the future. Perhaps it's time to rethink and get back to our roots in education. Everyone agrees that education is highly important, but we are not particularly sure what we want from it! The aim should be to prepare us for the challenges of adult life yet, from this perspective it is clear schools fail all but a tiny portion of their students whether in highly academic private school's or in deprived government-run ones, trouble dealing with life challenges remain very widespread indeed.
There are two Latin roots for the word education; Educare "to rear or bring up" and Educere "draw out from within or to lead out of. Many feel neither is occurring as human ingenuity, energy, or goodwill, and talent is being lost on an industrial scale at school. Maybe that's what universities are for? In a secularising age culture for many people around the globe should replace scripture, however, asking big questions at these institutions are frowned upon. Currently, universities have departments named after big academic disciplines like literature, philosophy or history but such titles reflex pretty arcane priorities hence you will not find departments for relationships or a center for anxiety, perhaps an academy for career self-knowledge. Is it time for a new national or even global curriculum? The reason I say global, as anywhere you go around the world you will find the same hierarchy of subjects, at the top are Mathematics & Languages then the Humanities and bottom are the Arts.
So, if we look at the output of the current public education system it's really best suited for individuals who wish to become university professors. They are the ones who come out on top due to the fact the system was designed to meet the needs of 19th-century industrialism. Meaning the subjects were given priority according to the relevance of work, subjects most useful for work in that era.
The modern day global economy requires innovation at its highest level, creativity is needed, which unfortunately seems to be diminishing. John Dewey said education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. The sooner our Legislative branch/Parliament recognizes this, institutions within can evolve to lifelong partners for the average Joe. In addition helping people find there hidden talents, creating a more diverse skilled society and decrease the current academic inflation that is occurring in certain fields, which are well established leaving other talented people being brushed aside and our economy static!