“Do you prepare students for the future, or the past?”

I came across this provocative video describing today’s formal educational systems as “ancient institutions” that have “outlived” their relevance.

Artist Prince Ea speaks of modern schooling as “educational malpractice” in this beautifully produced slam poetry -style video. Putting schools on trial in a courtroom setting, they are accused, among many things, of “killing creativity, individuality… and being intellectually abusive.”

My favourite line from the piece:

“A doctor can do heart surgery and save the life of a kid. But a great teacher can reach the heart of that kid and allow him to truly live.”

It’s a piece that has definitely made me stop and think. As a father of two young kids, I’m concerned about the future of education. Are there nuggets of truth in Prince Ea’s bold criticisms or are his claims over-exaggerated and uninformed?

“Do you prepare students for the future, or the past?”

Written by Michael Catabay

Michael Catabay

I’m an Educational Media Producer at the Learning Innovation Hub, and the Managing Editor of Teche.

I write about being a dad at ydad.com.au, I take photos and design stuff at cbay.com.au, and you can get in touch with me @mikecbay.

2 thoughts on ““Do you prepare students for the future, or the past?””

  1. Thanks for sharing Michael. A thought provoking video. He is very passionate and the ideas presented need deeper thinking. He mentions all that is ‘wrong’ with the system (Esp with reference to USA), but doesn’t give any ideas on what might be better.

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