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It's just not the same

A know-it-all is not an innovator

I have to rant about the last few generations. While yes I give the kids all the credit in the world for being bright and knowledgeable to a degree that most can't even start to wrap their heads around, the problem comes from one simple fact. They are regurgitating information. While the information they absorb, and ability to “ find” an answer is uncanny, it boils down to little more than that of a skilled parrot.

 

I'm not insulting them directly. It's not so much their fault; that's how they have been programmed to be. This boils down to not only parents, but the school system itself. The rules have shifted to test performance. The better they test, the better we look on paper and the states get more money based on test scores. In turn, the cities and individual schools get more money. It's not for innovation, it's not for helping the youth aspire to think, dream and reach out and tackle that which has no current answer. It's all about getting them to memorize for testing.

 

Some of the problem developed when we looked at places like Japan, well known for it's epically high testing rates. Envy swept the system and cries of “ why can't we test like that!?” echoed out. Sadly nobody ever really looked deeper into the rest of the story. Japan may test well, yet there is a major issue that results in it. Most people who finish school are now pretty much locked into one profession, one skill, one job title with no hope of ever climbing the ladder- ever. Why is it salary men are gone for 16 hours of the day or more and asleep on their feet? Why is it that they have the highest suicide rate in the world? Because the future is on a level of being a drone. Japan is currently looking on ways to fix this. The problem became so evident that groups of 5 and 6 year-olds committed suicide in an act of protest over the lack of future and choice. Is that really something we want to mirror? Making our youth drones?

 

We use to be the leaders of science and ingenuity. We were the dreamers and dared to do things no others had done. As it is now, the U.S is falling behind at an alarming rate in the science and tech industry. We are “ invited” to tag along in other nations' space programs, invited, not “ leading” like we once did. Why is that? It's because the idea to make those bold steps is lost to many of us. Why take leaps into the unknown when we can further milk what is safely known and readily searchable on the web? If we want to actually see a future of greatness we really need to focus on teaching to inspire and foster that passion to learn and take on challenges. This is far more than just something done through schools. Parents need to be just as catering to a young mind. Telling them to be quiet or Google an answer is no way to encourage growth, it just makes another living filing cabinet of knowledge best suited for bar trivia and repetitive tasks.