What is school for?
Is it to aid parents in socializing their children?
Is it to directly prepare people for their work? (in that case is it reasonable to expect education to keep up?)
Is it to develop a more knowledgeable electorate?
There is obviously a disconnect between academia and the business world who seldom contact each other except to engage in shouting matches over the fence at each other. The origins of the disconnect go “way back” to the early days of the United States’ education system.
It seems that the several sources of the disconnect are neither well understood nor studied seriously. Here is one side of the discussion from the advertising field’ view about the “talent gap” which is one of the subjects at the core of the reasons for the ongoing bad blood between the academy and the office: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/business/media/ad-companies-face-a-widening-talent-gap.html
It is all about making sense of the function and purpose of schools in our society.
- Why It’s Never Mattered That America’s Schools ‘Lag’ Behind Other Countries (techcrunch.com)
- Morning Video: Schnur On The Education Disconnect (scholasticadministrator.typepad.com)
- MBA not useful, reform universities to reflect changing job market – WEF Panel (ghanabusinessnews.com)
- Learning by Doing: The Ever-Increasing Merit of Experiential Learning (momecentric.com)