More can be expected from education. Its goals need to be reorganised to take into consideration the new needs of individuals and society today. Education also needs to visualise a different role and a different outcome. For example:
- Instead of seeing itself as provider of content, education should view itself as providers of a service.
- Instead of viewing itself as educating for success in exams, education should view itself as molding human potential for success in life.
- Instead of seeing itself as provider of academic content, education should consider it important to provide character and values training.
- Instead of creating job-seekers, it should seek to prepare human potential for leadership.
- Instead of preparing for material success, it should provide a balanced development of material, human and spiritual.
Are these directions realistic or will they prove too difficult to implement? So much has been added to education and its requirements that teachers and administrators are already quite overwhelmed with what they already need to do. Adding one more requirement seems impossible. However, unless change in direction is brought about, education will continue to deepen in its difficulties.
One large school community, CMS, has shown it is possible to organise education differently without adding to the workload. Change in direction does not mean more work. It more often means a different kind of work and a different kind of mind-set. There is no doubt it is difficult to change mind-sets and difficult to implement change, but do we have an alternative?