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  • obliveuskulture

    Yes. Education will always be have to be one of the top priorities for those who want to get ahead, unfortunately the system lacks structure. Teachers teaching to get paid instead of teaching to enrich minds. Students enduring education rather than embracing and utilizing it. I believe only then will education be efficient.

    • Liz Dwyer

      I don't know many teachers who only teach to get paid...because it certainly doesn't pay that much. However, I do know far too many teachers who want to teach to enrich minds but they feel incredibly constrained by the top-down, overly-standardized mandates on what they can/cannot teach. I'll never forget celebrated educator Rafe Esquith telling me how he got in trouble for teaching his students "To Kill a Mockingbird" instead of the boring scripted basal reader mandated by the school district.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      "enduring education rather than embracing and utilizing it"

      Such a good point. Education is always going to be necessary, but the educational infrastructure needs a makeover, stat.

  • Timothy Kim

    We need University's that are honestly looking to educate, rather than just making a quick buck from a from a student and putting them into debt with no future.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      Universities run more like companies these days!

  • michaela adjei

    as a teenager who loves learning, and wants to be a teacher of some sort..I find this kind of sad. While reading this article and articles similar to this, I kind of feel hopeless. I feel as if, in a year and a half from now (when I graduate highschool) I am going to have choose a career path that I don't want to do because of this, I feel as if I am going to have to do something that I financially NEED to do, rather than do something that I feel is my calling. I feel as if we DO need education, and most importantly the RIGHT people to educate us. I am tired of teachers who are doing this because this was their last option, I am tired of teachers who simply just want to mark your work and give it back, rather than teachers who mark your work, see where you went wrong, and TEACH you right from wrong, I AM ALSO tired of boring teachers. I want a teacher who is as enthusiastic to teach the way I am about learning. This is why I want to become a teacher/proffesor. BUT I feel as if I can't do that now because I am going to need to do something that keeps me financially stable. If we all resort do choosing career paths that ONLY keeps us financially stable..I feel as if we are going to develop to be very angry, stressed, depressed people. This sucks.

    • porteroid

      Amazing, insightful, and moving personal comments. I agree with everything you've said. I think that what's sad about this article is that it is based on the underlying assumption that education is about training for financial prosperity and global competition. So many news articles, TV specials, and general media attention around the "failing state of education" in the U.S. center on how we've fallen behind internationally, and that the way to reverse this trend and "succeed" is to dump more money into science and technology programs that will produce future workers. And while I believe that we should support these efforts, I think that the incessant focus on money, money, money and global competition takes away from learning for learning's sake. Even in 2013, I think that is still a useful stance to have; that education should be about learning first and foremost. I know that will always be contested, but it is worth talking about as a public.

      So chin up, optimisticlearner, take comfort in the fact that you're approaching learning in a way that makes the most sense FOR YOU. As a lifelong student who is about to get her Ph.D. in Urban Education, I have found that you can learn because you're a voracious learner AND be financially responsible.

      • michaela adjei

        thanks so much! all I want, and all I think we need, are teachers who are as enthusiastic about teaching as I am about learning. The level of passion in ones career can definitely impact a significant amount of students lives.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      Wow, thanks for sharing this. And I'm so glad that you're on this site speaking your opinion on the subject. You deserve better from your teachers and the education you pursue, and I'm sure with your determination you will find a way to make the most of it! I just graduated college and I've found a great balance between a full-time job that supports me financially and entrepreneurship (non-profit founder) that helps me give back through my passions. I'm sure you'll figure it out, too! Just stay positive.

      • michaela adjei

        thanks so much! and no problem, I was a bit nervous about posting my opinion on a website where most people are predominantly older than me, but once I started I couldn't stop aha. I honestly do think that I will find a way out of this, I really hope so.

        • Nicole Cardoza

          You are never too young to speak your voice! We need more young people like you (or should I say us, I'm only 23)

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    it does feel like we've kind of lost the plot. Heard Ken Robinson speak last nigh which was nice, but feels very far from the reality of options for the kids here in LA. Best line last night focused on how awesome each human is and how education must focus on providing the conditions for this awesomeness to blossom.

    • Nicole Cardoza

      He's just the greatest speaker, isn't he? Dr. Peter Benson of the Spark Institute believes in the "awesomeness" too, or helping kids find their "spark" through their passions that will carry them through education, at its worst and best moments. You'll probably enjoy watching his ted talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqzUHcW58Us