We have been through college...3-5 years of "education" depending on what degree you enrolled for. When you join and while you are at college... everyone talks about how education makes you a better person, get you perspective to things etc... Now look at your course work and this is the last thing you can say about it. Ya we have read a lot and heard a lot about how the education system needs to change, needs to allow us more options etc... I was wondering why did the need for this change come...How did one fine day this same system which has been in place for decades get rusty and outdated.I don't want to talk about "how" the system needs to change, but "why".
The one reason and the only reason why you want to go to college, why your parents want you to go to college and why anyone wants you to go to college is "To Get A JOB". Thats the bottomline whether you accept it or not, whether your dean says it or not on your face. Now look at your course work and see what it tells you about getting a job. Absolutely nothing!! You accumulated books on 30 subjects over your 4 years of education and yet none of them address the primary reason why you went to college. No one taught you how to find a job, what qualities to look for in your employer, what qualities they look for in you. At best , you had an hour long "orientation" about this on the day before your campus recruitment started.
All those books talked about was what all you could do "once you had a job"...in my field you could be a database professional, a systems analyst, a developer etc...but all that is worthless if I miss the primary requirement..rite!!
The fundamental flaw in the system is the assumption that the planet's population is the same as what it was in 1920. What!!!...how are they even remotely related. Let me explain. Our education system took a major leap when the industrial revolution began. Industries were popping up all over the place and suddenly we saw that with machines we could accomplish anything. Soon we saw that we had more work and less skilled people to work those machines. Schools opened up and taught us the skills we need to work machines and let us go to industries with a stamp that we were skilled. If you had skills... you had a job, companies would hunt for people with skills and hire them. The world had less people and far less skilled people.
Everything since 1920 is the same...we have revolution in different domains, schools teach many courses/programs and people study. Except for one thing... now there are numerous skilled people...more on paper than in real but still lots of them. So now if you have a B.E. and an MBA... you are not elite...you are what they call at the restaurant "the usual". No one teaches you how to sell yourself and so you end up buying "Idiots guide to resumes and interviews" etc... Hence education fundamentally fails at what it needs to do today. I was taught "carpentry" and "blacksmithing" when I had enrolled for B.E. in Computer Engineering. And to this day I have found no one who can justify the "torture" done to me. It was like I paid to be realized that I am bad at something. This shows that what was true in 1920 for education is true no more.
Some tell me it builds character. If you do field survey (part of Civil Engineering) as a team then it build teamwork skills. I say that is the side effect. If your aim is to build teamwork skills design a course which addresses that instead of having it as a side effect. Don't try to come up with a stupid excuse when you know teaching civil engineering to a computer engineering candidate is plain stupidity. I believe my engineering was only 3 years not 4, the first year was an utter waste of everything. The only benefit out of it was I made good friends...we all shared the same frustration after all :)
Enough for now... will post more thoughts on the next one. Enjoy Life