Monday, August 15, 2016

Quoting Myself - Today's Problem with Education Compared with Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Today's educational models have fallen into a Catch 22 system. We've emphasized standards and assessments to the point where the entirety of K-12 education can be written into a 30 page exam, focused on only the narrowest of details. When student performance on the assessments runs flat, or decreases, more emphasis is placed on passing the exams. Around and around the system spins until no real learning happens.

The focus of education narrows down to a pinprick of Plato's shadows. When students look up from their studies in school, they only see a tiny speck of the shadow on the wall. Not only are students never allowed to see the source of the light, they are never shown the rest of the shadows. They are chained against the far wall and prevented from even seeing the whole picture projected in front of them.