November 23, 2005

2 Cents Worth � More on Corporate Education

2 Cents Worth � More on Corporate Education
Dave Warlick writes:
To be fair, after our second day at Duke CE, I learned that even at the corporate level, project-based education is not always an easy sell. Our image of education remains hardened by years of classrooms designed to prepare people for a workplace characterized by working in a straight row, performing repetitive tasks, under close supervision. Even though the workplace has certainly changed, our image of teaching and learning hasn’t.

How do we tell a new story about education that will compel people to reject the old image in place of a new and more relevant one? This is something that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

This is rich: considering the corporate world is largely responsible for the kind of schooling that Warlick derides: working in a straight row, performing repetitive tasks, under close supervision.
The workplace has changed, but will that be incentive enough for the powers that be to make the necessary changes? Or is, as Gatto suggests, the whole system so systematized that it is beyond the power of anyone or even any group of people to change it?
This of course begs the question, is the purpose of education to prepare people for employment? Which begs another question, is schooling the same as education? What are the different vested interests in education and schooling?

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