The Factory Mindset … Time to Update Our Way of Thinking About Education

We knew it was coming. They, the forerunners, have been telling us for years that one day farming and industry would no longer dominate and drive our “industry” but would be replaced by the Information Age. We have been told for years that our world would be changed beyond what many of us could dream or even comprehend.

For me, the cartoon, The Jetsons, comes to mind, especially since now we can now “talk” with each other through computer screens as they did in the cartoon fifty years ago.

But the change is more important, broader in-depth, and wider in scope, and even more difficult to achieve when people cling to the traditions that no longer serve us, including the traditional thinking of the industrial age … such as the Factory Education model, when for the most part, the western world lives and grows more enveloped by the Information Age.

The Factory Education model was developed to pour the majority of people through a boxed form of education through institutions in order to prepare a workforce for the changing times from farming to industry. Still going strong today, even with new knowledge, science continues to prove that not everyone learns best in “boxed environments” where everyone is expected to be the same, to learn the same way and to do the same job at the end of their studies.

Even with the multitude of field of study, the Factory Education model still works from the same generic teaching format even with the knowledge gained that very different personality types with complex blends of learning and communication styles, plus diverse social beliefs and experiences, plus the prejudices created by The Disrespect Philosophy that teaches us all no one is to be respected for who they are as unique individuals but for what we judge them as valuable “for” simply means one type of education model is not only inappropriate and not very effective, but very costly in terms of individual and our collective welfare, particularly the varying levels of neglect and abuse the Factory Education model forces upon people with its conformity mandate.

As you may have discovered yesterday by looking up the website I recommended for viewing, people do not quit learning when they abandon their formal institutional studies. I know I certainly did not. Interestingly enough I discovered, my studies, research, analysis and own writing became more prolific as I focused much better in the environments most conducive to my learning styles, mostly at home. And as the list of dropouts shows I am not alone. On the contrary many people become quite successful with their own course of study, well beyond the average person when they leave the Factory Education institutions and strike out on their own. Such people are also so successful because they are forced by their discomfort in the traditional to do the “untraditional” which requires them to think well outside of the box the Factory Model institutions create.

Does this mean the institutionalized education model is becoming irrelevant? No. What it means is we have to move past the traditional way of thinking and doing to foster thriving in everyone.

Maria Montessori developed her educational theory and practice to teach young children based on the university model that encouraged a child’s natural curiosity to foster his and her drive for learning, enabling them to work on their own and together with others at time, guided, of course, but even with the success generated by its students, Montessori Schools are, like universities, mostly accessible by people with the money.

But as the history of dropout successes reveal as does our general history, as much as some people want their children to be the next “great” whatever, we never know where the next “great” is going to come from … so it is vital and beneficial to all of us if we create different education models accessible to all people.

Familiarity with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types reveals there are two primary types that are then split into sub-categories based on three other dominant factors. The consultants, Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, research revealed the majority of the population are Extroverts … those whose brains require external stimulation around them constantly to feel engaged and energized; therefore also revealing that the Introverts, whose brains, in contrast, receive excessive amounts of internal stimulation and as a result, thrive in quieter home, learning, working, and social environments and activities.

Yet the Factory Education model does not take this into consideration and our schools, particularly junior and senior high school, college and university, reveal the results in the typical stereotyping of students, plus the often tragic consequences created by both the education model and The Disrespect Philosophy.

I believe, with a higher Respect Level, we can honor all individuals by developing new education models to meet the education needs and learning styles more efficiently, effectively and compassionately.

First we must recognize the damage being done to people’s psyches by forcing them against their will to do and be what they are not and to learn in the one way someone has deemed “best.” Recognizing also, the financial burden we put upon our society for having to “correct” and “remedy” the effects created by the damage done by the Factory Education model, we will be more motivated to support not just alternative education, but to establish the two education models suited to the two major personality types and their learning styles.

Like any change, it is not so much learning the new way of thinking and doing things that impedes us … but often it is our refusal to accept that once was working, or was perceived to be working, is no longer working for the purpose the way intended. New knowledge is being discovered and developed every day. Embracing what we know now to make life better for all people will elevate the quality of life … the standard of living of all people, while at the same time, will empower us to use our resources more effectively … to feed, clothe, shelter, educate … so we ensure those who have “great” talents, gifts and ideas that will help lift us all up higher and higher are provided the support to do so … but we cannot do so if we refuse to adapt … to move beyond “tradition” for the sake of staying traditional.

Personally, I enjoy the sand, sea and grass under my feet, so I have no desire to live way above ground like the Jetsons, yet I strongly desire humanity to be inclusive and respectful of our differences … and therefore more adaptive and accommodating to everyone … because I believe every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED … and when they are, the world, our shared world, will be a far better place than anything we have yet seen or imagined for all of us.

June 27, 2014

KAT (Kaitlin A. Trepanier)

All rights reserved by KAT (Kaitlin Ann Trepanier) and DARK HORSES PRODUCTIONS launching September 2014 … Entrepreneur, Creative Writer, Visual Artist, The RESPECT Specialist and Architect of the global initiative Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE … because every child … every person … should know, by their own experience, they are valued … RESPECTED.

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