Seth Godin: What is Education for?

In this TEDx talk, Seth Godin examines the industrial model of public education in a way that is reminiscent of Ken Robinson‘s critique previously posted.

  1. Lectures at night.  “Homework” in class.
  2. Open book, open note, all the time.
  3. Open access to education anywhere and anytime.
  4. Customization of education.  (No more multiple choice exams. Measuring experience instead of test scores.  The end of compliance as an outcome).
  5. Cooperation instead of isolation.
  6. Teachers will transform into coaches.
  7. Lifelong learning and working earlier in life.
  8. Death of the “famous” college

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4 thoughts on “Seth Godin: What is Education for?

  1. Jonathan Edgington

    How interesting to understand how children students were being mass processed without any social concern for the actual self betterment of a child but instead it was to get them off the assembly lines and become educated consumers.
    There are a veritable plethora of educational institutions still using the normal school teaching techniques. The question begs; Why in this day and age of technology is the focus still on memorizing and cramming for exams. This is just one type of process learning that exist from past generations that were extremely flawed in social cultural behaviors, et cetera women only good for cooking and babies, men were supposed to drink and smoke, or the separatism of white and black things.
    Textbooks are not the only thing outdated in academia. So is the toleration of academic institutions still boxing in students and promoting huge disconnects between the mentor and the pupil. The students soul purpose of being in the classroom is to connect with the instructor and the material being conveyed through the conduit called the instructor. Who is supposed to find or create the instructional plan and method of promoting and educating particular subjects of social necessity.
    Find a way to take a stand do not continue the loop of insanity where in the same process and procedures are being handled in the same way over and over again and expecting different results. Change only starts when we start accepting change as a constant and not as a battle of who knows best. No one way is the best; accept that the sun does not rise and set for you alone and it is not the center of the universe, just as the world in fact is round and not flat.

  2. Cody Abides (@SlowOpeningDoor)

    The industrialization of the human mind is one of the greatest tragedies of American history. There is such a focus for students to meet limits because the teacher needs to meet a certain limit because schools need to reach a certain so that the district meets a certain limit so that a state reaches a certain limit so that we all can be disappointed in what is happening.

    “Anything that is worth memorizing is worth looking up”. The way people memorize things is through repetition through choice or necessity. The way people cram is through repetition choice or necessity for one instance and believing that information will never be important again. Even in the real world, with huge projects, I may know certain information but I will still look up and double check the information to ensure accuracy. Why is this not allowed in other stressful situations?


  3. Jessica Allison

    It’s funny, because every time I help my husband with his homework, I angrily tell him how the public school system has failed him. These critiques bring out every single problem with our (very out-of-date) system! We treat everyone the same, there is no individualized approach and teachers are reluctant to fail students, so they give them every opportunity (including allowing very late assignments to be turned in or effortless extra credit), and students move on without actually learning the material. Students start falling behind in elementary school, and it results in us sending unprepared adults into the workforce. I know this was like one huge rant on my opinion of these couple critiques, but I have been complaining about this for so long! Funny that these are the first things I read at the start of a new semester!


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