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

8 thoughts on “Seth Godin: What is education for?

  1. I really like Seth Godin’s seemingly radical view on education. He makes several valid and logical points. The education system today is flawed in the way that it standardizes learning. This world is filled with different people who all have different ways of understanding and retaining information; so why should they be subjected to learn the same way?… Another subject that Seth Godin touched on was the classroom agenda. He believes that class time should be for completing problems with your peers while the professor acts as a coach. This is absolutely genius!

  2. An interesting point with regard to this video is that how he brought up the reality of school today, and the past for that matter. The Standardization concept from the industrial revolution has just reached every aspect of our life. Not a bad thing in itself, but as society evolves we need to rethink outdated concepts. Not to get rid of them alto together but more likely to adapt/reconsider the way business is conducted. Education being a fundamental pillar in society and is a place where we should start. The point is are we ready for it in a large scale? Numerous concepts pointed out by Godin resonate loudly and make you question keys ideas we have taken for solid up to this point. We were just talking a few days back in class about the “upside down” Academic integrity of the cee300 class with regard to collaboration. While it runs against everything taught up to this point, I think that it’s one step in the right direction and more in phase with real world idea of collaboration/teamwork. That’s a start as well as bringing the issue of school reform on the table. There is no doubt that change is needed and is underway.
    Aren’t we “flipping the class”?

  3. Education should be something that makes students to be aware of what they have in them and how they are passionate about it, and how much they can contribute to what they like most. However, in school, we as students don’t know what we like, we are just like papers in a copy machine and the professors are the user of the machine, and they can copy on us. There is no place for personal respond to the concepts or creativity to the materials that have been presented. Students are mass production of the dictators (professors). If students would manage what they can do and how they can contribute to the concept with assistant of the professors, we would have a diffrent world in which might not all building looked boxes!

  4. Watching this video made me angry. I and 95% of this CEE300 class are products of a “one size fits all” education system. We are obviously intelligent and driven human beings, or else we would not be engineering majors. But is it possible that we are not operating at our full potential for creativity? There is no way to know, we can only speculate. I also want to know how an instructor can watch this video and not want to change their school. Are we so set in our habits that this can never change?

    • We CAN know.

      When you finish CEE300, you will find that you are capable of operating at much closer to your full capacity — which means that you weren’t previously.

      At least, that’s been my experience with many prior students.

  5. This video should be broadcasted to those on Capitol Hill. Godin realizes that the education system needs to be changed and furthermore discusses the pressing issues within it, however the amazing aspect of his presentation is that it has NOTHING to do with funding. Seth Godin makes an excellent argument that our system is out of date, my favorite quote, “anything worth memorizing is worth looking up,” really sums up the lag between the US education system and technology. The problem is that as students, we are taught specifically to memorize concepts instead of understanding them. With the modes of technology such as tablets, smart phones, and personal computers, there is no reason why our education system should still be teaching at the pace it has taught at for decades. We need to teach for the future, which is what I think the purpose of Godin’s discussion is about. He talks about how education has transformed throughout history to meet the requirements in developing a desired society, however that transformation has plateaued. Our education system needs to be as adjustable as we are, after all its the species that is the most adaptive that survives.

  6. Education is for bettering yourself to better the world we live in. Unfortunately, Mr. Godin is on to something where education is standardize for everyone and suited to meet the demands of an industrial society. Did he reference “flipping the classroom”? At this point the momentum of the standardize way of education is too great and will need drastic intervention that the system is not ready for. Passion is difficult to find when time is consumed by work that is only good for “collecting dots” and encouraged by parents rather than encouraged to find happiness. And the tragedy plays on.

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