As someone who studied and lived in 3 countries, namely, Turkey the, USA, and Spain, I had the chance to experience the shortcomings of the global education system: lack of real-life experience and learning how to make it happen as a team of students with teachers as mentors.
Just to exemplify, I learned to play block flute for 10 years in elementary and mid-school and learned how boilers work for a semester when I was studying mechanical engineering in Turkey, all I did in the US was solving equations instead of building machines as a master’s student and I was creating imaginary solutions for company cases while I was doing my MBA in Spain.
I felt mostly lost because I found no meaning or purpose for what I was learning. It seemed to me that education was all fitted in a small box and I was most probably among the lucky few.
The theory is good to make one think, but the difference is just the same as watching or playing a football game. Think of someone actually playing the game after watching it for a thousand hours with no physical experience.
What do you think would happen? I can almost hear you saying that I would be smashed and I have to agree. Unfortunately, the education system seems to be one of those things that are untouchable. Just like you can’t question religion, arms use, oil, the health system in most societies, the education system is extremely rigid because of the interests of certain companies.
Organized Internet as the Answer
We have the tool for educational equality. The internet has gone a long way especially for developing or emerging countries. There are currently nearly 4.8 billion people using the internet, which is more than 62% of the 7.8 billion world population. This is a global increase of almost 1200% for the world and 5300% for the Middle East between 2000 and 2020.
Youtube is already a great source of informal education for people who know what they want and who have enough drive to dig into the topics that they want to master. However, it is fairly unorganized, especially for education. I tend to explore rather randomly, however, it can gain an identity that is designed for education.
When most of the jobs or degrees are moving towards the digital medium, it is no more important where one person is located to learn whatever they want and apply it right away to create for the world or work for a company no matter where it is. We just need to organize it perfectly and make it available for everyone.
Therefore, it’s quite worthwhile to think that the need for brick-and-mortar schools will decrease in the future. The entire global education system can change for the better and move online gradually.
How education can work on Youtube?
Working with governments from around the world, Youtube can create an accredited education system for all the countries in their own languages making education available for a fraction of the cost or even totally free.
The courses can be designed so that one person can gain a degree in a matter of months, not years completing the courses with a globally recognized system and then, have the same applicable and practical education no matter where they are. Youtube can be compensated by the governments. Governments can mostly generate the source by taxing high-income citizens.
Picasso: All Children are Born Artists
Picasso is a great example of learning by doing. Even though people mostly know him by his cubism paintings, Picasso created over 150,000 works in his 75-year career. He believed that children lost their creativity by a singular education system, which was mainly based on memorizing.
Basically, the education system needs to be about questioning and making things happen for a purpose and we can redesign the global education system that serves all.
An engineer by training, Saygin Celen likes to express beauty in design, innovation, and thought processes. Currently, he lives in Palo Alto and is working on a big idea. He loves to travel and listen to any interesting things out there. Read his works at saygincelen.medium.com
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