A mismatched education

We need to hack our university system. According to Jeff Jarvis (of “What Would Google Do” fame).

The current university system was created to produce scholars and researchers, yet the 21st century is depending on it to produce skilled information worker, which it is ill-adapted to do.

The role of an university is massively diminished in the 21st century. Other than providing an environment for educators and students to come together, the rest of its roles can be replaced by the following:

  • Tests / Papers / Dissertations – Replace by real world social (non-profit) projects, or startup companies. The result of these projects is readily apparent, and far easier to judge and grade.
  • Old Boys Clubs – Replaced by new social groups on LinkedIn or Facebook.
  • Certifications / Diplomas – Personal portfolio and project status will always be search-able online.

Once students are graduated, they can join the workforce with a much more useful, and well-rounded, skill set. Also students can further the venture they have created during the school years by working with VC firms and incubators.

Universities need to slowly train students from just a “knowledge gatherer” to a “knowledge applier”. Someone who can hit the ground running when they enter the workforce.


~ by Clarence on May 4, 2009.

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