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What’s happening to education? October 23, 2012

Posted by Jason in Writing.
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Way back in February, Seth Godin posted a “30,000 word manifesto” describing many of his frustrations with modern (and not-so-modern) education.  Now, he has just released a TED video that expands on it and challenges all of us to break the system.

“What is school for?”

In the video, he mentions eight things that could revolutionize education in the U.S. and around the world, IF we have the courage to change the system.

Not to take anything away from Mr. Godin, but as long as we have the system we do, there is an even more insidious force driving us into mediocrity: grade inflation.  Shown below is an interesting comparison of grade distributions over the years.  There are probably many explanations, but we personally have seen the difference between American and Australian schools.  While Godin’s views of education apply equally all over the world, Australia (or, at least Queensland) has at least managed to keep a lid on grade inflation, at least in the public primary and high schools.

From C's to A's
Created by: MastersDegree.net

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