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Traditional education was devised for an industrial society. Students were forced to take in large amounts of standardised information by rote and were accessed by standardised tests, at a one-size-fit-all pace. The problem is that now all that information is accessible at a touch of a button on their phones. So why should they learn by rote? And how much do they really learn by rote-learning? We have long known that in the traditional teacher knows all education, retention rates vary from between 5 to 10%. Quite a grim amount by any stretch.
Our present-day education system still celebrates conformity and compliance. We still largely think that human intelligence is a synonym for academic ability. This is an extremely narrow conception of intelligence and ability. Elon Musk recently posted on one of his social media platforms: “I hate it when people confuse education with intelligence. You can have a bachelor’s degree and still be an idiot.” Couldn’t agree more.
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