A nice thumbnail critique of today's obsolete education system

(12) What are some systems we live with today that were designed for a world of the past? - Quora:

"... the classrooms look essentially the same as they always have. Kids sit in desks, are told what to do and what not to do. They are given facts and ideas to learn and memorize. Obedience is rewarded, deviance or nontraditional ways of approaching things are thwarted. Emphasis on testing as the end-all-be-all goal means that seemingly superfluous areas--art, drama, music, recess--are removed to give more time to learn the things that will be on the test. Creativity and innovative thinking is not only not taught, it is actively suppressed. "

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The test thing is tricky. We do need some way to enable people who seek to achieve this or that knowledge or skill to prove to themselves and others that they have succeeded. Minus tests the other option might be an evolved test or some version of the guild system.
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