New Educational Changes

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Imagine a perfect educational system. How different would our lives be? In today’s society, we as Americans have developed an unfortunate obsessive focus on college schooling. This obsession has blinded us to basic truths. We support and attend schools that are set up like factory lines--schools that continue to use bells, separate facilities, and separate subjects (Robinson). We pay and work hard for an education that is modeled on the interests of developing a prosperous economy, not prosperous individuals. We almost too often forget that “College is a place, not a formula” (Tabarrok, 252). Receiving a college education has become a competitive game, rather than a collaboration of knowledge-hungry individuals thriving to reach a common goal. Within the realm of college, there are many factors that can decide the fate of an individual’s future. These factors can range from insufficient financial aid, to lack of internship opportunities, to failing a test that could possibly make or break a 4.0 grade point average. The question all college students and instructors should be asking themselves is: How can we prepare ourselves, and the students for the world ahead of them? Although the answer is simple, the process is much more than simple. It will mandate the integration of a three-tier educational program within the college education system that will drastically change the college experience and the amount of necessary real-world knowledge they will walk out of college with. These two key components are complex and intricate, but they will be the machine that renders unique, experienced and intellectual “outliers” that will go out into the world always seeking self improvement and success.
The definition of an “outlier” according ...

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...als who have no opportunity to become the person they dream of becoming. Yet those individuals that do have this extraordinary opportunity; they will be the ones who will conquer, prosper, and thrive; all because of the foundation that helped build their skills, their imagination, and their full potential.

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