In 1919, horse-drawn carriages carried people around cities, movies were silent, and women were not allowed to vote. In 2019, the typical classroom is much the same, and many of the same learning methods and curriculum are used. Students sit quietly in desks and listen to their teachers lecture on reading, writing, math, science, and history. But are these outdated learning methods really working? And do they prepare our students for the real world?
The answer is a combination of factors. One, the educational system in America has become increasingly standardized, and this focuses too much on testing. Students are evaluated on their standardized test scores, and this has led to some critics arguing that the testing culture has eroded the quality of American education. Pressure to produce high test scores has prompted educators to teach to the test, and has decreased the focus on non-tested subjects.
Secondly, the curriculum is outdated. Students learn little about modern culture, compared to the education system of past generations. In the past, boys were generally taught separate curriculums. Girls, on the other hand, were encouraged to study together with their male classmates. In addition, teachers still stand in front of classes, and girls were routinely taught separately from boys. As a result, the American educational system is outdated.
Another reason the educational system in the United States is outdated is because it is not responsive to the needs of our society. While our educational system was constructed to meet the needs of industrial society, today’s hyperconnected society has completely changed the requirements of our education system. So how can we fix our outdated educational system? In this article, we’ll examine 20 of the major problems. This is not an exhaustive list, but a starting point.