Above is a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson about the current educational model, it's origins, and why it appears to be failing in the modern day. Here's an animation that hits a lot of his major points for those that don't have 55 minutes to spare: Our current system is very heavily rooted in standardization and conformity - "There's only one answer, and it's at the end of the book. But don't look. And don't copy, because that's cheating." And this increased standarization and marginialization of educational fields into "economically useful" (math, science, language arts, history) and "economically useless" (music, art, dancing, theater) - arts are almost always the first to get cut from schools, are they not? - is leading to a number of things. A college education no longer guarentees a job, children are increasingly medicated and seperated, and there is an intersting study discussed in this lecture. Do you really believe in our current education system? I hated school for the majority of it. The only times I really enjoyed it were in my early years, the two years I spent in a gifted & talented school (Estus was there with me, he recalls these years), and the year in a half I spent in an alternative school that took a non-standard approach. And really this video gives me understanding. I always wanted to do things in the arts - drawing, sculpting, making music, dancing, telling stories - things that are considered "economically useless" for the most part. I had several people try to discourage me and finding classes relevant to those most of subjects was always difficult. Only a small handful of people really tried to encourage me. And for the longest time, I never really believed I could do what I want to do - basically, all the years I was medicated for ADHD. Once I stopped using the medication to "focus" and "calm down" - I felt I could do whatever the fuck I wanted - I didn't have to listen to the nay-sayers. It was around that time I stopped seeing the point - I even considered dropping out. I eventually stuck with it and I feel better about myself for finishing school. But I still don't really see the point. I think our current system is falling on it's face - and I think Sir Ken Robinson is right on the money for why. What about you?