When the school system is so outdated that it was designed in the industrial age, the mentality is mass production and mass control; then you know there is something wrong with the system in this new age. Children have to follow the exact instruction of a teacher, and only when they do this they get a reward. This are values of factory workers in the industrial age not for kids in the technology age where problem-solving, creative thinking and teamwork are needed.
That is the reason why children are often bored playing with their smartphone and don´t listen because they have to follow instructions all day. They can´t interact and help each other and become better as a team because they are not allowed to talk.
Learning is only about stubborn memorizing of information which will be frequently tested with an exam, and most knowledge will be forgotten after that. The test scores are the only thing that counts.
There is no room for different passions and interests because everybody gets filled with similar useless information. Students often don´t discover their hidden talents and what they want to do after school.
Many people know that the school systems in most countries are bad, but most aren´t familiar with how it all started and why the education system got even worse over time.
Why are most school systems bad and outdated?
It all started in the late 17. Hundreds early 18. Hundreds where until this date poor children couldn´t afford education because it wasn´t free. But in the time of the Industrial Revolution, there was a change in how we work, which created the need for universal schooling.
The factory owners required people to have a routine to do the same task over and over efficiently and without error. They should follow the orders which the manager told them and always be on time. Sitting in a school all day with a teacher was a good training for that.
In a period of about 20 years in the early 1900s the now called “Factory schools” had the beginning. It was the first time; education was provided by the state with regulation for learning.
All students were separated into different classes according to their age to master the educational program. The approach of teaching was industrialized; it was impersonal, efficient, and standardized. The system at the time worked because it created a strong middle class.
It shows the school system was changed in only about 20 years. In the new age of innovation, it is time to adjust it to our required circumstances.
But the only thing happened that it was made “better” by doing more of it more intensely and let´s test and measure more carefully not thinking about how irrelevant it is to life.
If the children don´t benefit from this school system who does?
Follow the money, and you know it doesn´t go directly to school and teachers, but to lobbying and private companies and nonprofit organization that make the rules for materials, training resources the policies support that. Of course, private schools also make a business out of failure. It is the only Business market that is developing a product without any valid market research from its end user’s accountability measure and evaluation system.
Buy the next textbook, the next workbook or the next digital software package. This misinformation company and policies are created from people who spent either little or no time teaching in classrooms.
The “prison of children” a place of manipulation, control, and profit where everyone waits to get out, doesn’t shape their future.
The standardized Exams test of a student’s memory and his willingness to learn a subject. And on this basis, he is given a worthless piece of paper defining his/her intelligence. This change stopped educating for life and started teaching for tests.
School should be of possibility and hope instead of placement and percentile measurement on standardized tests. The real measures and predictors of student achievement are personal habits and personal values.
When something is aligned with life preparations, people get way more enthusiastic and committed. School shouldn´t be a money-making business; it should be a preparation for creating innovative start-ups and companies.
Stress of students
Ever heard that Stress makes you sick? Well in this economy students at an early age get ill because of stress. Bulling, panic attack, anxiety traumatic experiences are common issues in schools.
But the only focus is on what grades they get. The children are not really living they just existing but what is the point knowing how to write a perfect essay when you are dead.
The school systems moto is either you can or can´t make it. Pupils are being trained and not educated; they don´t know how to learn efficiently.
If you’re bad at science or math, people say you’re not trying hard enough, but if you’re bad at things like art, they’ll just say, “Don’t worry, it’s just not your thing.”
When someone doesn´t know the difference between right and wrong, when he doesn´t know the exact history date or hasn´t memorized every mathematical formula he will be bad in school.
If a student doesn´t understand or fails at something chances are it is not because of bad teachers or a bad school. But he was missing some other life factors or characteristics social and communication skills, initiative, curiosity a full belly or a good night`s sleep.
For some kids, the pressure to get good grades comes from all sides the family, friends, the society if he’s not good enough he is a failure. No wonder this child hates school even more and don´t want to learn anymore. That’s why it is important to pay more attention to students and not teachers and schools.
Community, work ethic and character development, making sure they get enough sleep are what the focus in the schools should be on. Because without testing non-cognitive factors of true success like character and integrity, tests are a complete waste of time.
Everybody should be college-ready; however, not everybody wants or needs to go to college or university. These Students should also be prepared to go for the job they have passion for, and shouldn´t be afraid to attempt anything challenging unable to read or think critically. And what about the people that want to go they often have to take student loans where most their hole college time and even after being in debt. There is no guarantee to get a job after they have a degree. When they have to focus on how they pay for the degree, they often have a hard time to even get the degree.
How to learn more effectively?
Schools aren’t built for learning it’s more about copying skills than actually learning them. Students shouldn´t study out of fear they should learn with passion and because they want to. Teachers should teach how to learn and think critically and how to innovate not how to take tests. They should inspire their pupils and educate them with enthusiasm.
If a student is curious about the topic he learned in school that he wants to do more research at home then the teacher is on the right track. Because when someone is eager for knowledge, he not only learns faster he also archives more success.
What you do when you need information you just search it on the internet. Its what most kids do as well when they don´t understand a subject they look in on the internet where they probably gain more knowledge as in school. That’s why Kids learn more productive outside the school not inside the school.
– But what if they can research a topic they want to learn about in school?
– What if everybody can learn in different ways depending on abilities, preferences, and interests?
– Why not let them question, explore and experiment with no time-constrained?
– Why not let them actively and socially collaborate and interact with each other?
– Why not give them a feeling of security and valuation, so they are able to take risks?
– Why not provide them a learning experience which is challenging, purposeful and engaging?
– Why not let them acquire skills and knowledge with meaning which they can use in other places?
– Why not give them Real World problems to solve which have relevance to their lives?
– Why not encourage them to be creative and think outside of the box?
Because then children would find passion and meaning in a project and take control of their own learning. That’s when truly amazing and remarkable things happen.
Topics schools should teach students
In a school, you have information overload with a lot of useless facts, but you don´t learn for life after school. So why not teach topics that are really important?
A big part of life are relationships, no matter if love, friendship, or business partner. It is a topic that should be discussed honestly and openly, where everybody can talk about their different feelings and experiences. It is helpful to know how to spot manipulative and abusive behavior. And learn about sexuality in general and give an understanding of the importance of sexual consent.
In this economy, mental health is a topic that should definitely get more attention, especially in the young age of students where stress management skills matter. And where knowledge about depression, addiction and anxiety is beneficial. They should learn how to openly talk about their mental state, their feelings and concerns.
Of course, physical health should also be a subject on how to keep your body fit and eat healthily. Get an awareness of eating disorders and general food knowledge.
The world has so many different cultures, races, social classes and political situations which gives a really interesting topic to learn about. It provides an understanding of various situations where students develop empathy, critical thinking abilities and are more open-minded. So they are more willing to help others and bring change for good.
In the era of climate change its essential to learn how to live sustainable. Teachers should educate the youth about eco-friendly living to eat locally and seasonal food and to pay attention to the products they buy. Of course, students should gain knowledge about climate change causes and the relevance of renewable energy use.
Another concern are survival skills like first aid, simple mechanic skills, shelter and fire building, food and water finding. And self-defense and know-how to handle dangerous situations and how to solve conflict situations.
A student should discover skills for concentration and impulse control. With simple meditation and breathing skills and get to know-how to life in the moment and how to appreciate life.
After school, people sooner or later have to pay bills with their own money this can be a lot of stress, especially if you don´t know-how. Then why not start early and teach how to keep their personal finance in check. Everybody should pay taxes, but nearly nobody knows how to and what he should consider before tax payday. They should learn the dangers of debit and credit cards. But also they should be taught how to gain money with investment and where to invest. Students should get an idea on how to save money and to obtain interest rates.
Even if in school, you don´t have learned about these topics it is never too late to educate yourself further. There are enough online courses on all a kind of different topics to learn the important things in life.
Why countries should adopt Finlands school system
The finish school system is not about business and making money; it is a student-centered School system because it is 100% state-funded. There is no bad school they all provide an equal level of education and quality. Without any private schools, the rich parents have to make sure that the public schools are great no matter if it is a socially disadvantages area or a wealthier area. School kids are involved in deciding what will be built for the school playground when architects plan new facilities.
Schools are invested to achieve equal success in the country and don´t compete with each other. When a school finds a new technique that works well, it is quickly shared with other institutions.
The national curriculum are only broad guidelines a learning style can be completely different in other classes but cover the same topics. Teachers and principals make most curriculum locally both teachers and students are evaluated by the peers and principals.
In Finland, all teachers have to pass a five-year masters degree fully paid by the government and a two-step applying system: exam (about research articles) and interviews. So only the best teacher can educate in schools which make teaching a highly-respected profession. A teacher only spent around 600 hours in 180 days teaching which gives them extra time to develop new innovative teaching strategies to individually asses and respond to the learning needs of their students. The teacher merges passion and education together to help the students to succeed.
In kindergarten, there is only experimental through play and movement. Unless children show interest and willingness they don´t have to learn reading in kindergarten.
Children don´t go to school until they are seven and they get in elementary school consistent education from the same teacher who they can address by their first name. They almost have no homework, so they have more time to be kids and youngsters to enjoy life.
The elementary school has different starting times and is 20 hours a week with lunch hours that are in total 75 minutes of recess. That is why Finland has the shortest school days and years in the entire western world. All children get the same level of education. When students struggle the state quickly provides them resources to help them catch up. About 30% of Finish kids will get some extra help before high school. That’s why Finish parents aren´t worried that their children are behind their peers in acquiring a skill.
There are only mandated standardized tests for Finish students which are at the end of the senior years of high school. It gives teachers a lot of flexibility in how they structure their lessons and provide freedom to use more individualized metrics. The school system is really good at ensuring that students complete high school, so around 93% of Finish students graduate.
After high school, there are two pathways the vocational schools for the practical hands-on skill needed for work and normal academic programs both can apply for university its flexible path.
In Finnland, it is essential that the children have a good start in life and that teachers and schools work to help weaker students to catch up and to provide a joyful learning experience. So they do better by going to school less.
What can you do?
People are uncomfortable with change; no teacher, no principal, no school, no government wants to try it first. But change is a part of life. So why not change the school system in the direction of Finland’s system.
In the 1900s the school system was changed in 20 years, today in the technology age a new revolution should be possible a lot faster.
We need all be working together to talk and discuss with each other. Find the right solutions and help to make a better and happier future for the kids. Only with true happiness comes true success which is not about money it is about fulfillment.
For all the people who earn so much money with standardized testing and toxic policies, I am sorry that you had to waste your time learning without knowing anything about education. Because If you knew you wouldn´t make people transform into robots you, no you would create a school system where students learn to innovate, to be creative and to think outside the box, so humans only build robots and don´t become one.
For all the teachers, principals and parents don´t call someone a failure don´t demotivate and especially don´t stress them, because stress is deadly not only for the health, also for the future of everybody. Instead help the children to discover their true potential be an inspiration, show engagement and trust and let them enjoy their childhood to prepare them for life to do the same for others.
And for all the students who are now in school or college don´t give up on yourself when something doesn´t go as planned, don´t let other opinions bring you down I know it is hard, but you can make it through. The best thing you can do is to bring up the courage to follow your heart, so you find your passion and purpose because then you become the best version of yourself. Show the adult that your grades aren´t important instead show them that you are more then just a statistic number show them the remarkable things you can make. So they feel the impact and be inspired to become part of a change for the greater good.
Go out there and be the change you want to see!
If you can change the education system for better, you can change the world.