3 Compelling Reasons Why Our Modern Education System Is Failing Us
My previous article highlights three reasons why our modern education system is failing us. In this article, I will cover three final aspects which I believe are crucial factors as to why our education system is failing needs to be restructured.
- Leftist and communist ideologies
“Depictions of communism on campus paint the ideology as revolutionary or idealistic, overlooking its authoritarian violence. Instead of deepening our understanding of the world, the college experience teaches us to reduce one of the most destructive ideologies in human history to a one-dimensional, sanitized narrative”
What scares me the most is that modern universities have become breeding grounds for socialist and communist ideologies to thrive and flourish. The current ideas and concepts proposed by leftists are not the same as the ’50s and ’60s. The attack on masculinity, free speech, traditional values and rational thinking seem to mainly stem from social justice warriors and activists that hail from the universities. The encouragement of gender-neutral toilets, the transgender movement and ‘diversity’ are also coming from the deafening echo-chamber.
If communism is such a great idea, then I encourage those who are advocates of it to go and live in a country such as North Korea, Cuba or China. They will then get a real sense of what inequality and loss of freedoms look like. Capitalism is not a perfect system. I do not think that any system can be perfect, however, we have to distinguish which systems will provide the most benefits to the most amount of people. Communism is inherently flawed as it completely destroys the desire to work-hard, competition and the need to improve society. If you think a communist society would produce the many comforts, technologies and amenities which you use today, then you are mistaken. Capitalism may give power to corporations, but Communism gives complete power to the Government.
I know who I would rather have the power.
2. Eradication of free-speech
“US university campuses have earned themselves the reputation as left-wing echo chambers. Free speech is being compromised in favour of ‘safe space’ culture, and controversial speakers often aren’t even allowed on campus.”
As I mentioned in the previous article, Universities used to be places were intellectual debate and discussion was encouraged. Nowadays, the majority of people at university are scared to speak their thoughts in fear of being expelled due to not being ‘politically correct’. Students would much rather go about their day knowing that they will not have to deal with the harsh repercussions of voicing their opinion. It is a sad state of affairs when we silence ourselves in fear of another's opinion. I blame this on the new trend of being ‘offended’. Not everybody is going to like what you think or say and that is a fact — so why even waste your energy getting ‘offended’ at something?Why have we even let it get to this stage?
We know that during the times of the Greek and Roman empire, many intellectuals gathered to discuss ethics, morality, law and rights. We would not have a civilized society if it were not for the freedom of speech and ability to discuss topics. The most frustrating thing is that if you agree with an area of any political party, people are quick to label you as a ‘Nazi’ or ‘Radical’. I think it is time that the young generation of today’s society grow up and take responsibility for the mess that we are in. Trying to solve our global issues by blaming, complaining or voicing the opinions of others.
3. Out-dated models of assessment
“Like it or not our national exams continue to dictate students “educational outcomes”, the kind of content that is delivered and the skills which students are expected to develop. Unfortunately, in many countries these exams do not attempt to assess, evaluate or encourage the development of 21st century skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.”
The models of assessment and evaluation for students has not changed since the 20th century. The current method simply encourages students to think about gradings and percentages. An examination is simply a test of memorization and the ability to regurgitate information. A student who challenges current historical events in an examination will surely fail his test — even if their argument is valid and has both coherent and logical reasoning to it.
I do not know the best method in which to assess students, however, I do know that we place far too much emphasis on achieving a certain grade or percentile. Not only does this increase the amount of pressure and stress at an early age for children, but they fail to learn and develop many essential skills such as;
- Analytical thinking
- Ethics, action, and accountability
- Social skills
Unfortunately, I have had to learn many of these skills outside of my educational studies. If you are lacking in any of these skills, I recommend that you try to hone these skills through various forms such as meditation, journaling, exercise, travelling, self-reflection, martial arts, etc.,
This article concludes the end of the series and I greatly appreciate if you have read this far.