Yong Zhao asks if schooling isn’t like sausage making. And if machines are replacing cognitive functions, why are you going to school?
Yong describes contemporary schooling as sausage-making: people enter the system with all kinds of unique talents but over the years we strip those away in favour of developing a select few skills and chunks of knowledge which meet some externally supplied standard called employable skills or university entrance requirements. If you’re natural skill set matches the standard, you’re in luck. It’s a bit of a lottery, really. If there is a mismatch between your skill set and the employable skills, you sometimes go to learning assistance which provides extra support to help you make the standard. And if there is a significant mismatch, you might go to a so-called alternative school.
The support is well meaning, to be sure, but it troubles me that it might amount to personalized de-personalization.
On the other hand, it might mean that alternative programs are actually much more progressive than the standard model.