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American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist
Are Americans getting dumber? Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in many developed countries. But the crisis in American education may be more than a matter of sliding rankings on world educational performance scales. Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist. To become a chef, a lawyer, a philosopher or an engineer, has always been a matter of learning what these professionals do, how and why they do it, and some set of general facts that more or less describe our societies and our selves. We “learn,” and after this we “do.” This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Over the next twenty years the earth is predicted to add another two billion people. David Edwards About David Edwards is a professor at Harvard University and the founder of Le Laboratoire. Americans need to learn how to discover.

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