This may not be the problem with education today, but it is certainly a problem.
Disregarding the kids who see no value in school whatsoever--and contrary to any legislation, these kids cannot be changed--even those who see at least some value in education suffer from two all too common ailments.
First of all, too many students think that "education" amounts to a memorization of facts to be regurgitated on quizzes/tests/exams.
Second of all, too many students think that the purpose of an education is to prepare themselves for careers.
I disagree with both of these all-too-common assumptions.
While the learning of certain facts is essential for education, a good education goes farther to explore epistemological concepts--thinking strategies. For instance, let's say that you wish to teach students more advanced mathematics or grammar.
It is necessary that the students memorized certain formulas or definitions/rules in grammar. However, that is not enough.
They need to be able to take such axioms and apply them.
This is why students have a hard time, say, finding the area of a rectangle. Sure, they might know by heart that they need to figure LxW, but give them a diagram, and tell them to do so. See what happens to at least a third of them.
Similarly, students can easily memorize that direct objects are always nouns or pronouns. They also seem to be able to memorize that a direct object follows an action verb and identifies what receives the action of the verb. However, give them a sentence, and tell them to find the direct object, and far too many of them fail to do so.
Why is this? It's because we live in a culture that embraces the assumption of knowledge, but not the investigations/thinking processes that lead to knowledge.
This explains why so many believe all of the global warming nonsense. They know the "facts" that they've learned (or at least heard and assumed to be facts), and without thinking accept the stated conclusions of the so-called "experts" who stand to profit from their conclusions.
We are in an age when asking questions is more pernicious than just accepting "facts."
We are in an age when Stalin should have been born and thrived.
I see no hope in the up-and-coming inauguration. I see more of the same, if not worse.
Why so? Because I'm a glass half-empty kind?
No, because I'm a thinking kind. We've never before been introduced.
And what's with this idea that all young people can be equally educated? If you've ever met anyone smarter than you--or dumber than you--than you know how ridiculous is our approach to education.
The proponents of universal public education claim that completely private education would neglect many people.
Might these be the same people who fail nonetheless under the system of universal public education?