Education, especially formal education what are we supposed to do about it?
The problem is not very simple for us to over simplify and over generalize and offer comments or opinions because it involves lot of aspects of life which we cannot afford to gamble with or not actively plan.
Only thing that is bad is the extent and degree of emphasis on certain aspects to the exclusion of the rest.
In the recent past I have come across articles, mostly, manifesting extreme positions, one denouncing all that go with all types, forms and levels of formal education along with all its concomitant parental and peer group pulls, pressures, perks etc
And another deploring the lack of enthusiasm and emphasis towards such important pursuit like formal education and the ensuing deprivation which can lead to depression and more delinquents as indicated in this article
So, youth who are actively gobbling up materials on the net are psychologically made to swing like a pendulum between these two extremes.
While most of us like to portray ourselves with a crowd criticizing standing on very high pedestal public opinions with catchy slogans we also clandestinely nurture a hypocritical following of the very things we criticize and condemn. In short we have a very healthy [acceptable] public view and filthy private action.
I infer most of the problems in perception are entangled around our lack of clarity about what we want to get out of whatever is called as education or whatever we pursue in the name of education.
There are few things that elders and experts fail to follow and understand like for example clarity of understanding and quick grasping of the essence of any issue/subject/project/problem come about through involvement, impact and influence of various factors, formal education, acquired knowledge, sharp intellect, keen observation, interest, involvement and chronologically gained experience being some of the major factors.
The beauty is different people get a combination of these capacities at different times, I mean stages of life. For some people it happens when they are just toddlers; for some in their teens; for some in mid 30s; for some when they are around the fifties etc.
Another major malady that confuses clarity of perception is the hoard of standard existing theories which are thrust on any avid seeker of knowledge or learner. For example let us take the very subject of ' learning methods/processes etc' you see texts about study of cognition, child psychology, communication etc to start with.
Whereas, if anyone thinks of learning process it must start and involve talking about factors like curiosity, observation, imitation, listening, doubting, questioning, meddling, imagination, dreaming, creating, attention, initiating thinking processes, exploring through all the senses etc.
These links also may be of use or relevance to the subject in the article which has involved the role of parents as well.