At some point a very clever person pointed out that “it’s not getting the answer that’s important, it’s knowing what the right questions are to ask”. This is an often overlooked point in traditional education, where the emphasis is squarely placed on the “right answer” syndrome, with the questions asked by the teacher, of course.
Similarly, maybe the larger problem with traditional education is that it’s trying to solve the wrong problem. It has always been mostly focused on content delivery. Right? Education as we’ve known it is a “content delivery system”. Put another way, it’s based on the idea that “there’s a bunch of stuff that we’ve decided is important for you to know and so we’re going to sit you down and tell you. You just need to remember what we tell you. Got it? We’ll check in periodically (test you) to see if you’re remembering”. I think that sums it up.
Now. forget that remembering isn’t learning. That’s s different point (addressed in an earlier post).
The issue is: what is the problem to be solved, really?
It is this: how do we “make” people who maintain their natural curiosity, desire to learn and excitement about making something of their lives and the world they live in? How do we create compassionate, resourceful, creative, collaborative, effective, confident, independent, respectful, tolerant people? (non-exhaustive list)
THIS is the problem to solve. We don’t have a knowledge problem.