The government's role in the educational system is paradoxical. Today, it is too weak in funding allocation and way way way too strong in control over what is taught. This needs to be reversed.
We want every child to have a fair chance in life by going to a school with plenty of money, right? So, government needs to allocate $20,000 per child immediately. And, we want to educate a citizenry that knows how to use their minds, how to connect to their inner genius, and how to motivate themselves to manifest creative solutions for a greener, kinder world, right? So, government needs to stop legislating learning. When everything is cut and dried and standardized, ain't nobody learning to use their minds, their neo-cortex - not the students, not the teachers, and not the parents ... and, ultimately, not civil society.
The education system we need in the 21st Century needs to move us from reacting at the limbic brain level to creating at the higher neo-cortex brain level. We do this by learning through the arts, by allowing for experiment and play, respecting neurological development and by cultivating connections between people. We allow silence, reflection and inner motivation instead of punishments and rewards. We need to protect future citizens' intellectual independence by giving control over field of learning and teaching to the field of learning and teaching.
And business also needs to step up. Not to make a killing on the education market, but to repay the debt it owes to the education sector for past ideas. They need to pay this generation"s educational expenses in return for the creative capital provided to them by the previous generation upon which their business rests. Schools are the R&D department of the economic system.
This means shifting responsibility from the goverment sector as sole overseer to a hybrid of shared responsibility between civil society, government and the corporate sector:
- The civil society sector provides the intellectual independence and professional expertise. University departments of education teach teachers to teach to neurobiological optimum capacity and emotional intelligence rather than to the test. Motivated and happy students require less authoritarian and drug intervention designed to keep unhappy children in line.
- The government sector ensures the right of every child to go to a clean and well-funded school by allocating $20,000 per year, per child. "Public" education begins to mean "for everyone the same level of services", not, "every child treated like a clone of every other child."
- The economic sector is indebted to the educational system for creative capital already rendered and gladly guarantee the $20,000 incase of a shortfall in the tax base of any school.
So it's not only the government's role we need to rethink, but our role as civil society and the role of business also.