What is education today? Is this a topic for inexhaustible criticism from all sides? Has it been overcome at this point? There are many unanswered questions when it comes to this topic.
Looking back on centuries past, it seems to me that once a man who had a certain knowledge was much appreciated. Whether it was a master, a craftsman, a brave knight who knew how to handle a weapon or a monk who would make a small piece of art from a transcribed manuscript. So, knowledge was once much appreciated.
Is that still the case today? At first glance I would say it is not. The most common question children ask us adults is: - What do I do? Why do I need to know this?
The teaching job is low on the list of preferred professions. Schools seem to be stalled in time and space. Many look like that. Children do not want to learn the lessons that are provided for them by the plan and program… parents often go from extremes to extremes, so they either force them to learn, or are completely uninterested in the whole story. If we add to that all the gifted grades, the diplomas purchased ... Well, education in that sense has definitely lost pace with this time. I think not to mention the economic conditions, chaotic nature and inefficiency of the education system, because we would need a lot more space.
However, I would say that knowledge is still appreciated today and this is reflected in the high earnings of certain professions. So if you have some specific knowledge that is sought after in the market, then it has a good price.
How is it acquired? For example, one developer at school or college in addition to formal education, must learn on his own (YouTube is one of the great learning sources, numerous courses and trainings that can also be found on the internet, etc.) So he has to learn all his life , but not through the education system. That is why our children are not interested in school. From their perspective, they just waste time at school, which they can use much better to learn on the other side.
It is the same with those who learn the craft. They have more valuable time spent in the workshop than in the school classroom.
Does that mean we don't need schools at all? No, on the contrary. It's just too much pressure on them, too much workload and expectations - of both children and teachers. They still have a lot to learn: from critical thinking and developing creativity, to mastering text comprehension skills, or self-assessment skills, or real life skills (cooking, knitting, button-sewing, tool-handling…). Of course, if we really need education, we just need to change its concept. We are currently engaging in ruthless content learning, rather than teaching children skills.
As long as teachers are powerless to influence centralized policy in the education system, we cannot hope for anything better.
The students will leave the school semi-literate, with poor knowledge of all sciences, without applying the lessons learned.
In the end, I would say that neither teachers nor other participants in the education system should drop out of school because
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." N. Mendela .