Have you ever wondered why the system of education you follow hasn’t ever been tailored to your learning? In “Education Paradigm” Sir Ken argues that our current system of education needs a fine tune or reform, and frankly it does. He argues that our old system of education conceived over 100 years ago is no longer applicable to our economy. He also disputes the fact that ADHD is a real disorder and that it affects our learning and creativity.
In the video, “Education Paradigm” one point that Sir Ken argues is that we need a reform in our education that tailors to the person at hand and not as a date of manufacture. In every school you see certain kids or even certain groups of kids that excel over others. Yet these kids are stuck in a certain school year filled with certain classes that they can’t get ahead of, and on the flipside, there are students in higher years who don’t have the knowledge or skill to succeed in the classes they’re in, and therefore need classes that are tailored to them and their current skill at a subject. Above all I believe that a new method of education that caters to student’s needs would be much more beneficial than simply grouping students by age group.
Another extremely good point that Sir Ken makes in his speech is the fact that he doesn’t believe that ADHD is a true epidemic and rather a way to keep children calm and focused on the boring day of school they are put through. Sir Ken describes what the many medicines and treatments due to the children taking them. He basically concludes that the pills are very dangerous and, in an indirect way, finds them unnecessary. He speaks about a state of euphoria in which your senses are heightened due to you being truly interested in what you are doing, if the education system can replicate this euphoria to the students with ADHD, and students in general, maybe the pills wouldn’t be that necessary or maybe eradicated from usage in general. Students would greatly benefit from being interested in their work as opposed to having to do work that they aren’t that interested in and forced to do daily. Chiefly, interesting students in what they’re doing in school and how they’re doing it seems to be a big arguing point that Sir Ken uses, and frankly it is a good one.
A counter argument to the “Education Paradigm” system is that many successful people have sprouted from the current system of education, and have excelled at the uppermost level in their careers. An old saying states, “if something works there is no need to change it” this quote applies to the current education system as it still seems to be working for many people in life as long as they have an idea in what they would like to pursue in their lives. It may be true that we have open holes and fields in our current economy that need filling, and that a degree doesn’t always guarantee a job, but in reality has it ever really guaranteed you a job in the past decade? A single degree opens an entire field of careers to your choosing, simply because you want to become a certain position in a field doesn’t mean you’ll obtain it. In the current degree of our economy, I believe that we as a whole need to look for the positions that need filling in our line of work. The problem isn’t that we don’t have people up to it, it’s the fact that no one wants to take that certain position. People need to be more willing to take the jobs that need people as opposed to what they want to start out as in a field of education.
In conclusion, thee “Education Paradigm” stresses many good arguments as to why we need to change the state of our economy. Maybe diseases and factory line classes are the real problem, and the education system needs to adapt to suit the needs of certain students and help them excel in our world. The direction in which the education system is heading is changing, which side will you take?