What are the ONLY 3 subjects that should be taught in school? (Reinspired by COVID-19 Enforced Homeschooling)

  1. We aren’t educating; we are training – students don’t go through the school system with the best level of education in a holistic way. They are pumped through a system that readies them for employment. This may sound like a good thing. After all we all need to work and earn money so if the school system is designed for that then we are in a good position. No? Well, lets examine that a little bit. Without going into too much details I’m sure there are things you learned in school that have no (direct) relevance to your everyday life – quadratic equations anybody? That’s because being put through the system to be employable isn’t for your benefit, it’s for the employers benefit. Whether or not you are doing what you were put on this earth to do, has no bearing on you filling a spot at a company and doing a job to help someone else reach their dreams. I could go on for ages with this but I won’t!
  2. We can’t predict the future – as shown in the examples above, even the best minds in the world cannot predict the direction of social evolution. This is a major problem in an education system that is primarily designed to train a workforce for a future jobs market. But as we have seen we don’t know what that jobs market will look like next year let alone in 16 years time. Just ask any blacksmith in the early 20th century or fax machine engineer in the early 1990s. Technology, society and the world around us is changing at a much faster rate than we are able to teach specific subjects.
  3. The smart kids get bored and the not-so-smart kids get left behind – We allow ourselves to believe that there are intelligent kids (those who learn the “important” stuff quickly) and there are unintelligent kids (those who don’t). At the earlier ages, most of the kids are all in one class and they get taught at a pace that should suit the average in the room. Which is perfect – for the average in the room. But what happens to those who are distinctly above average or below according to where the curriculum says they should be? Well the ones who are above might receive special treatment, they might get bored and start misbehaving or they might simply just contain themselves until it’s appropriate for them to display their advancement. At this point it has to be said that these children are no better or worse than any of the others. They simply do better than expected at the things that are considered important for someone their age. What about the slow kids? Well they will not pick up everything that is thrown at them from the teacher at the front and they will get left behind. As they get older they will be separated out from the average and smart kids and will put in different classes in these subjects albeit not learning the same stuff because as we know the most important thing is to get everyone through the system by a certain age.
  4. We are separated from ourselves – now this might sound very Marxist but one of the things that makes us quintessentially human is our creativity. Creativity and imagination is what spurred on inventors, explorers, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and basically anyone who has ever achieved anything! Yet when we look at the school system that we are put through, the subjects that require complete objectivity are regarded in higher esteem than the classically accepted creative subjects. And as we get older, the bias strengthens and the “intelligent” children will gravitate towards maths and sciences and away from the arts and sport. Our creative spirit is what makes us great. It’s what is exciting about who we are and it’s where passion comes from.
  1. How to learn – understanding the best way to absorb the information for different types of things. All learning styles would be incorporated so that they can learn how they best learn different things. Collaboration would be built here so that they learn the importance of interdependence and working with other, seeing the value that can be gained here. This should be something that should be started early on in the child’s development and continued all the way through.
  2. How to love learning – learning how to drill down into the core passions of the student and finding out what excites them. Learn how to draw out a passion for learning and love for growing because they see relevance in what they are doing and purpose in their learning.
  3. How to win/succeed – key success principles that allow them to apply what they love to learn and what they’ve learned to learn to achieve what they want to achieve.

What about teachers?

So how do we get there?

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Alex Weekes is a Digital Product Manager, Associate Lecturer, and Startup Consultant working with some of the world's most innovative startups and technologies.

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