The problem of the modern education system is so ingrained in society that it is hard to change. From the pre-k program to the elementary school, preconceived notions of education are being tested to see if they hold up to a rigorous assessment. We should also be honest about what we think is valuable about education. Many of these preconceived notions simply don’t stand the test of time, and therefore should be thrown out.
The educational system has lost sight of the needs of learners, and it has become a test-driven system that rewards mediocrity instead of creativity. As a result, children are often denied the chance to learn as a child, and as a result, standardized tests and grading systems have replaced the instillation of lasting knowledge and curiosity. And, in addition to being harmful, these standardized tests have led to students being treated like competitions rather than learners who are capable of learning and critical thinking.
This standard dominant model of education, which is based on the banker’s style of knowledge building, has a reductive and rigid philosophy. It forces children to conform to a rigid, stifling framework and reinforces obedience and status. The end result is an education system that has a broken foundation that needs to be replaced by a more flexible system. But, before a radical change is made, we must take a look at the roots of our modern education system.