As I sit in my classroom, I see students who are burnt out. I talk to teachers who are burnt out. My question becomes why? Why are we teaching what we are teaching? I see a lot of curriculum for high school students based on the cycle of mass production and mindless consumption of useless knowledge. As a business educator, this is becoming more and more disturbing to me. In my research, there has become a blurred line between products and services as consumers in the market shift from functional performance to a more broadly satisfying experience. Are we just throwing out knowledge that students can find on the internet? How can we teach students to think? I believe a shift in how we educate students is necessary.
The areas of focus in education are all wrong in my opinion. We are looking at a generation of students will need creativity and design thinking skills. Most of those skills are taught in what we now call electives; art, music, business, theatre, etc. We tend to shrug off that all students have natural abilities. We should find out what they are and develop those natural abilities beyond the narrow confines of academicism. As educators, let’s look at new ways of doing things to reframe the school experience. Let’s challenge ourselves to break down divisional walls and create an interdisciplinary curriculum in which our students can build on their natural abilities. Start right where you teach and share failures and success with your educational community!