Monday, April 12, 2010

One Best Education System

After a lot of research and a lot of analysis, it seems quite obvious that everyone would love to have an education system that would miraculously produce the best education for each individual child. Well, it's not going to happen.

Why? Because we have no way to determine the optimal contribution of each child, since that in turn is determined by the context that child will be in. In fact, each time we educate a child, we create a different universe for all that child's peers.

Imagine if we had Lego seeds, little plastic widgets that could be educated to become any particular building block. The catch is that you would have to start the process 12 years in advance, making cumulative adjustments along the way but with some potential irreversible steps.

At the end of that time, if all the blocks were the same (worst case), you'd be in trouble. On the other hand, if all the blocks were different, you might also be in trouble. And to find out if all the blocks were in optimal proportion for each kind, you'd have to know what you were building.

That's the problem with ALL educational systems. It would mean that in theory, the One Best System would be one which could make any person be anything at anytime with no lag. It also happens to be the one advantage that amoebas have over more organised life-forms — they can take up any shape they like and live forever.

There's a lesson to be learnt there. Ahem.

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