See, we live in a society where people with passion are the ones who succeed at standing out from the crowd. The game at stake is no longer equality, but rather specialization and collaboration. Industry knows this, educators not. Unfortunately, today's education system focuses on knowledge, not collaboration, and focuses either on broad education or deep specialization in one area. That poses two problems:
1. One specialization is very arbitrary and not helpful. I'm not saying everyone needs an interdiciplinary education. But I am saying that if you have passion for two or more niche subjects, that mix is what is going to define your reputation and later success.
2. Knowledge is not collaboration. This is a problem because accessing specialized information is no longer the limiting success factor – technology and the internet have taken care of this. What is a limiting factor is the ability to collaborate successfully with teammates and strangers out of another niche area. Moving the center of the model from access to knowledge to gaining community leaders / collaboration leaders, as Stanford and MIT are starting to experiment with in their online offerings, is a sign that the paradigm change is coming close.
The Answers: Education: Right or Privilege?
Isn’t it time we gave up on schools? I know we’ll need to replace the socialization and normalization somehow, but I mean as far as a quality education goes. You hear a lot about the ‘free…