Post13: The missing part in contemporary education

2019/04 – Çanakkale, Turkey (c) MA Icbay

I will start my argument with a simple question: To what extent does schooling reflect regular life? My quick answer: Very limited. But before explaining the relationship between regular life and schooling, I am supposed to give a historical summary of schooling, esp. mass education. Before Industrial Revolution and before French Revolution, both of which took place almost at the same time, schooling was a luxurious facility. The aristocracy could make use of this luxurious service. The rest was left to come up with their own methods of teaching and learning. Most, due to their farming lifestyle, would teach the next generation about basic skills about farming such as when to cultivate, how to harvest and so on. Few, living in the big towns and doing trade and some craftsmanship, developed their own apprenticeship methods. The next generation were learning the basic skills while practicing in the business. However, after Industrial Revolution gave birth to factories, and thus mass production, there was a sudden demand for skilled workers. Meanwhile, French Revolution found the most convenient means to spread the principles of revolution thru the education of masses. As a result, mass education, or schooling, became an indispensable part of contemporary world. The states established or redefined the laws not to leave any member of next generation out of this new enormous institution. But, the new revolution is gradually changing our institutions. It is Information Revolution. And schooling as a societal institution is also changing. It is losing its gigantic role in the society. Its roles are changing. The values that the people used to attach to this institution are changing. Perhaps, the current generation will decide what to learn, when, how and where. The common standards, the requirements, the certificates will be redefined. Based on the conditions of this new age.