Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Educational Dinosaur

Vox Day on worries that children who are homeschooled will have problems adjusting to the working world:

I think one should step back and consider what the working world presently is before concluding that those who struggle with it are somehow deficient. What is natural or normal about spending 8-10 hours per day in a small grey cubicle, living like a rat in a cage and shuffling virtual papers while attempting to avoid conflict with various unproductive individuals of varying degrees of medication and reflexive hostility? Considering how much the average worker has to modify his normal behavior just to avoid getting in trouble with HR these days, can one reasonably conclude that it is the homeschooled individual and not the increasingly outdated working world that is the problem?

The experts tell us that to succeed in the working world of tomorrow, it will be increasingly necessary to be independent, free of reliance upon the corporate patterns of the past, flexible, and agile. To me, it sounds as if much of the "awkwardness" of the homeschooled individual in the eyes of the more conventionally schooled is akin to the strangeness of the mammal when viewed from the perspective of the dinosaur.


I'd like to know what it exactly about the structure of our current education system that is somehow going to help prepare children for the world of work today and especially tomorrow. What, you mean we don't all work in enviroments where all our coworkers were born within twelve months of us and the pace of work for all is dictated by the slowest worker?

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