Has our current educational system outlived its usefulness?
Seth Godin explains that our current educational system was established to produce factory workers in the following video.
Ken Robinson feels that schools are killing creativity.
Indeed, it is difficult to find many people with anything good to say about our current educational system. Traditional schools are not able to keep up with changing demands and technological advancements. How can universities possibly deliver graduates with in-demand skills when the world is changing so fast?
Generation Y entrepreneurs are questioning the importance of university when they can forgo an education and just go out and build a company or change the world. Founders at companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Virgin have proven that advanced education is not a prerequisite for business success
Here are some interesting models for the future of education.
University of the People
The United Nations sponsored University of the People is the
world’s first tuition free online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education.
Netherlands based, Knowmads has a small group of students that work on real projects with various businesses and experts.
Our purpose is to create a life-long learning community that starts with a one –year-program and the possibility to add on half a year after that. We work from the principle of a team setting based on Action Learning; meaning we we work with our heads, hearts and hands. First we discover what is going on around us, then we design, then we start to build and then we amplify it in a learning setting and as a socio-economic venture. You will experience this setting with 29 other people, 3 members of staff as well as as experts invited from business, politics and media, from all over the world.
Marketing super-guru, Seth Godin offered a one-time Alternative MBA consisting of:
One hour a day of class/dialogue
Four hours a day of working on my projects
Three hours a day of working on your personal project
Five hours a day of living, noticing, doing and connecting
Josh Kaufman’s Personal MBA starts with the premise that you don’t need to go to school to get an education.
The PMBA is more flexible than a traditional MBA program, doesn’t involve going into massive debt, and won’t interrupt your income stream for two years. Just pick up one of the best business books available, learn as much as you can, discuss what you learn with others, then go out into the real world and make great things happen.
Would you benefit more from spending two or more years of your life and a lot of money in a classroom with professors with limited industry experience or from working on real projects with real people and companies? Education is not about school anymore.