The more I read about the world of education, the more convinced I am that a major shift is about to occur. The current models of K-12 education AND higher education are on a collision course with reality: things aren’t working so well (results) and money is running out (no one wants to pay the exorbitant costs – especially higher education).
Even reform efforts including vouchers and charter schools seem to be a dismal improvement. And I am not trying to be nostalgic about my $150 per quarter tuition fees at Youngstown State University in the late 1960s. What appears to be the common denominator of non-success is what I call “inbreeding” effect. If you only have academics involved in all decision-making about the “business model” you have what we have got.
There are some great articles out there on why reform fails, why education sucks, why higher education doesn’t deliver and why businesses think employees aren’t educated in skills necessary to work. Some are quite valuable analyses and others are bunk. The bottom line is that the same-old same-old is failing.
There will be a revolution or better said might be a transformation. Collaborative communities will solve the issue by driving the bus full of community leaders, business persons, educators, students and citizens. That is what is missing. Too much inbreeding has produced a loser. It’s time to open up and get some external thinking involved. There are answers out there not in here (inside the institutions). And it doesn’t call for more reform. It calls for transformation.