WHAT I LEARNED TODAY
You may remember coming home from school and your parents asking you, “What did you learn today?” Your monotonous response was one that would make them chuckle: “Nothing.” I think your answer may have been on par.
The school system has become so diluted with useless and uninteresting assignments and goals that now, I can sit down with my laptop for a few hours and consume a greater amount of knowledge than I would acquire through a weeks worth of classes. I’ll spell this out with personal experience over the last two days.
What I learned yesterday in school:
- How Abe Lincoln used biblical references in his second inaugural speech.
- ***How to journalize accounting documents.***
- ***How to make planning (an ‘event’ in particular) more efficient.***
This is quite honestly all I can remember learning yesterday. Three items after a great amount of thought is all I am able to conjure. Is this not a problem? The starred bullets signify that I find the corresponding information will be useful in the future. Some say preparing for the future is the point of school (a concept I cannot follow, but that is another conversation). Anyway– two bits of knowledge to be applied in the future. Let’s see how that stacks up against what I learned today without attending school.
What I learned today at home:
- ***How the current economy and society view success.***
- ***How to discern the implied success of outside influences and personal happiness.***
- ***A different way of viewing disability.***
- ***A different way of viewing the female form.***
- ***How fear is provided to children by adults.***
- ***The lack of wisdom + unique experience in society.***
- ***How acts of compassion connect people.***
- The swimming patterns of large fish.
- ***The science behind romantic + physical love.***
- ***Gender differences in the brain.***
- ***Morality statistics of foreign nations.***
- ***Healthcare in foreign nations.***
- ***How to increase the availability of information.***
- ***The extremity of the change in photography.***
- ***How to participate in and create social art.***
- ***The effectiveness of trial + error in business.***
- ***How to follow a bold path to the top.***
Clearly a much longer list. Again, information usable in the future is starred, making 94% of what I learned today–compared to 66% of yesterday–useful, interesting, expandable knowledge.
But you may wonder how exactly I came about these topics. All of the learning I did today was out of podcasts, blogs, and live web seminars. In short, the internet. This proves the ideas found in Linchpin, which describe the school system’s loss of relevance. Before the internet and before you could look up trivial information on Wikipedia and be engaged in conversation via the TED podcast, a high school was a fine place for one to participate with to expand knowledge.
The internet being the incredible learning tool it is, give the school system three options. One: step aside and allow the internet full control of education. Two: try to stomp down on the internet, banning it from education altogether. Three: Incorporate the greatness of the internet into the bland, traditional, uninspiring, uncreative curriculum. Without state-regulated infrastructure, and measurable progress, option one is impossible. And the web is not leaving anytime soon, so option two is impossible as well. Therefore–it is essential for the benefit of the students–that the internet–specifically social media education–is fused into the classroom.