To me, education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul. To Miss Mackay it is a putting in of something that is not there, and that is not what I call education. I call it intrusion. ~ Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
It is now accepted that existing models of education, with their emphasis on acquisition of technical skills, the pursuit of bookish knowledge and the focus on examinations and grades – all acts of “putting in what is not there”- have only helped create a pool of skilled labour.
Is this why we educate our children?
Is education, as popular perceptions go, merely a means to a career and a “successful” life?