Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Revolution in Education

As a member of multiple LinkedIn groups focused on BIM, IPD, lean processes and the impact of those innovative new tools and processes, I see discussions of all kinds.  One of the most persistent and interesting themes over the past 2 years or so revolves around the role education - k-12, collegiate and adult - plays in the adoption, adaption and deployment of these new tools and processes.  As the new knowledge economy takes hold a new educational system, with a focus on life-long learning, will emerge to serve those who deliver services effectively in the knowledge economy.  Individuals, and businesses, that cling to outdated learning models and business models will fail.

Below is a link to Professor Meade's review of Glenn Reynold's "K-12 Implosion" a book that explores the looming collapse of the K-12 education system as we know it in the US.   A similar implosion now looms in higher education where more and more consumers of higher learning services are faced with the stark reality that the degree they spent $40K to $60K or more on is virtually worthless.  Granted, degrees in hard sciences and certain engineering disciplines still have value, but too many of the degrees issued by colleges of arts and science fail to provide skill sets that are marketable in the real world.  The review, excerpted and linked below is worth a read.  As you read it think about how the built industry ought to respond to the conundrums raised.
The deepening crisis of the public school system is one of the most striking and consequential examples of the broad social phenomenon this blog tracks under the heading of the “decline of the blue social model.” The purpose of the public school system—providing education for citizenship and economic self sufficiency to the next generation of Americans—is more important than ever. But the means by which our society seeks to accomplish this goal are less and less well adapted to the conditions of the times. 
The modern American public school system is a product of the late 19th and early 20th century transformations of American society. An agricultural society based on small farmers became a manufacturing society in which most people lived in cities. And the great flood of immigration between 1880 and 1923 filled America’s burgeoning cities with tens of millions of people who didn’t speak English and didn’t know much about the country to which they had moved.
If you are interested in purchasing the book here's a link to the  K-12 Implosion purchase page on Amazon.

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