Friday, August 04, 2006

wondering

Language is a surprisingly inefficient method of communicating complex ideas; yet unfortunately, it is the only one we have.
The trifecto of teaching, learning and education seems at first a beautiful way of conveying knowledge from one generation to the next. They say that teaching can only happen if the other half learns; however, learning is not dependent on teaching. One can learn independently of an instructor. Education on the other hand, is supposedly the most efficient institution for managing the learning process.

We can see what happens when the education process is more concerned with money than with people. Instructors teach by habit, but care very little about the students in their classroom. They give no opportunity for questions and offer impossible office hours in order to avoid students. Yet, I don’t mind that.

Learning institutions have become cookie factories. If you can conform to the cookie-cutter shape that give the university the highest profit then you can be successful (at least academically). It encourages students to collect degrees like candy and fills up the campus with people who have almost no reason for being there. They have no love of learning.

The university has become a production line. No longer concerned with acquiring wisdom; but rather, with turning out career ready individuals with no actual marketable skills.

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