I had to share this comment I left with Dan over at Cloud Avenue, because I am hoping it can provoke some comments between me and him, and between me and some of the daily readers of this blog. Here you go:
Here is the comment.
I have not finished reading this so far pretty good blog post, but I wanted to comment on this, because it really struck at something I have been thinking about in my work:
I had read the same article you link to, and I think you do an excellent job of putting meat on the bones of the broader issue. What your statement above makes me think is, “Imagine what the students must feel.” I wonder how many of your students are adults who take classes to refine their thinking, and then how many of those students say about how much of what is on offer broadly at the school is relevant to their everyday work lives, or even more importantly, their vision of what needs to happen in the industry in which they work?
I’ll take this to another layer: where is education a powerful and effective compound of entrepreneurial vision-making and the teaching of applicable skill sets?
It seems to me that the rise of online media and internet connectivity has created a disconnect between what we can imagine ourselves doing with certain skills, and then our ability to gain access cheaply and efficiently to routes to those skills. In a sense — and I traditionally work with K12 and not so much the professorial arena — that problem is much more dire in elementary and secondary education. Here you have kids locked into a system run by gatekeepers who are behind the curve and not as exposed as the students aer to potential, so a shadow education system emerges.