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The Problem With Education Is Faster Horses

Adam Matuszewski Founder of Your Agora, educator, writer Education needs to make a big leap forward. Our current methods are not up to the challenge. There is an apocryphal quote attributed to Henry Ford that goes, “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me a faster horse.”1 It’s the kind of thing “disruptors” like to say as it reinforces their sense of being visionaries able to see what their critics can’t. So how is one to tell what is truly innovative thinking? A good starting point is to consider how well the current solutions and paradigms are working. What will be argued here is that education is now at a point where improvements within the existing framework are seeing diminishing returns. Education needs to leap forward, and our current horses are not up to the challenge. As industrial nations move into post-industrial economies, educational…

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