Our education system IS outdated. First, we have to see the reasons it was created as it was. In order to support the interests of an industrialized society after the industrial revolution. That economy/market needed workers, not thinking a lot and being willing to work long hours. In order to find this willing population, employers had to promise advantages to those willing to do it. So did the governments who supported the interests of the capital, as the capital supported the governments. Of course all these happened under the worldview of the today obsolete paradigm of scientific materialism. The stil prevailing worldview, based on the scientific matirialism worldview, considers as valid and important only what can be perceived with the senses, ignoring meaning, values, feelings, and what is important to mind, and the spirit.
So, though schools are supposed to help children to grow into mature, conscious, intelligent and responsible adults, who have mastered the art of living, and who can contribute their gifts to the world. For the above reasons, however, nothing is further from the truth. In fact, school as it exists in most places helps only to stunt children’s intelligence and to fill the with stress and worries.
As it is today, school teaches children to conform. At school, children are taught to obey orders and blindly follow what they are being told. Children are told what to do, no matter if they like it or not. children stop trusting their inner voice and conform to what authority wants from them, which tremendously suppresses them and, not surprisingly, makes them depressed and unfulfilled.
School teaches children WHAT to think, not HOW to think. School does not teach children how to develop their capacity to think logically so that they can reach to their own conclusions when presented with information. On the contrary, children are forced to believe in the things they are being taught, regardless of whether they are true or not, or whether they sprout out of their own understanding or not. Hence their critical thinking is prevented from improving, and as a result children are turned into stupid automatons.
School teaches children to be uncreative. Children’s imagination is wild, but school does wonders to suppress it. Children can be incredibly creative, but the Arts are almost nonexistent in most schools around the world, since a career path in the Arts is usually not considered as profitable.
Mistakes help us grow into wiser beings, but school is teaching children to fear failure, as if it is some kind of an evil they need to avoid. Children at school are told to study solely in order to pass exams, and those who fail at exams are looked down upon, sometimes even mocked at, as if they are failures themselves. Therefore, children learn to do their best in order to avoid making mistakes, which only prevents them from trying to achieve any new goals they’d desire later on in life, lest they will encounter possible failure.
School teaches children think play is something bad. Children find tremendous joy in playing, having fun, laughing, doing things for no reason or goal other than play itself. Play makes their heart pulsate with happiness and turns their life into a celebration. Slowly slowly, however, as children grow up, they are taught that play is not good, since it’s not something productive, and that they should consider it simply as a waste of time.
School teaches children to associate money with success. It makes them confuse monetary gain with successful living. At school, children learn that the primary goal in life is to earn a good salary, and are being told to sacrifice almost one third of their lives forcing themselves to learn and do particular things just so that they can get a degree that will allow them to work later on as corporate slaves.
Thus, children stop pursuing their passions that would give true purpose and meaning to their lives, and instead do dull things that only burden their psyche and which merely help them to survive but not to truly live.