posted on February 10, 2010 07:57
What do you think of Kaplan University’s ad set in a large lecture hall and starting with the professor’s words quoted below?
"I stand before you today to apologize.
The system has failed you.
I have failed you.
I have failed to help you share your talent with the world — when the world needs talent now more than ever. Yet it is being wasted every day by an educational system steeped in tradition and old ideas. It’s time for a new tradition.”
-From “Your Time” by Ogilvy & Mather for Kaplan University
It is my opinion that the failure referred to in the ad starts, at the very latest, at the middle school level and that the system should stand before all of us for its failure. This is not the failure of one individual. It is the failure of the entire system. We must choose to do something to require a transition from what does not work to a more functional application of education. Education should draw out of students what is within them, not create a one size fits all box that stifles all the creative power that exists individually.
What’s your opinion? Do you think Kaplan has a point, whether for their target of education after high school, or for any other areas of education from preschool through high school? Why or why not?