WHY THE PROBLEM PERSISTS
Institutional education is still confined to outdated structures and has not been disrupted by the information age like other industries. This is all the more mystifying given that education is primarily an informational activity.
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Many students just cannot adapt to the classroom format, or to the current “virtual school” format, and the emotional toll it has on them is enormous and long-lasting. These students are smart and want to do well, but their particular learning style prevents them from thriving in current institutional settings.
Public schools have scarce will and means to move decisively towards personalized learning. The bureaucratic structures under which public schools operate make this very difficult, be it related to the inertia of their current modus operandi, the costs associated with physical premises, as well as costs associated with administrative employees. None of this can be revised and reformed in a substantial way to allow for truly personalized learning for every student enrolled.
For private schools it could be easier, as they are under the pressure of tuition paying parents, but their legacy classroom and cost structures impede substantial change towards a more personalized learning experience. For their part, trustees and committees are tasked with the preservation of the school brand, not to disrupt it.
Teachers are overworked and underpaid, no appetite for never ending strategic planning and realignment. Fatigued of silver bullet models and technologies that have ultimately proved futile. Change shakes teacher confidence, especially their ability to adapt to the new environment. Change often questions and even discredits past experience.
Much of the large amounts of public and private money, attention and good will that goes into institutional education is wasted. A small fraction actually ends up fulfilling its stated goals, which are improving the learning experience for the student, and making sure that it is effective, useful and long lasting. And little of this behemoth investment is actually measurable in the short term, much less the long term.