Why society should focus on better education
There is nothing new under the sun. What may seem like a somber statement is actually very moving in the face of societal challenges. When people as a community strive for better education, they find better solutions to problems that have existed since the dawn of civilization. Here is a brief overview of why society as a whole should focus on better education.
Education has always been nationalistic. Just look at any country in the world with a strong economy and you will see a country that has invested in the education of its citizens. Even basic knowledge from elementary school is not enough. States strive to present their citizens with a culture that represents a strong sense of belonging.
By the time Singapore became a technological leader, the country’s government had already spent decades helping students with spatial learning. Today, Singapore Mathematics is considered a global gateway to help students combine logic and creativity. The spatial and visual elements of mathematics open students’ minds to more easily see solutions in the real world. Of course, it makes sense to introduce these opportunities to both boys and girls.
Equality in education is a major concern worldwide, even in countries that are actively striving to improve the education of their citizens. Here’s a look at how unequal education is killing innovation in companies hoping for stronger economies.
The world’s population is not equally divided between men and women. Nor is it evenly divided by ethnic group, race, or financial wealth. The diversity around the world is overwhelming, even when it comes to something as simple as language.
Every person on this planet has a mind ripe for innovation in one form or another. Whether it’s inspiring others to see a problem and seek a solution, or having a brilliant IQ, people can help build more innovative societies. What is the biggest barrier to leveraging talent resources in communities around the world?
Educational inequality, prejudice and social discrimination. If we only offer education to a certain group of people, we miss billions of opportunities for innovation. It is estimated that 1 in 400 people has an “awesome” IQ.
This means that there are approximately 200 million people in the world who are able to work at a higher level of information processing. That’s an incredible number of people who can move communities forward with little or no effort. There are even more people with higher emotional intelligence who excel at socially interacting with others. This is worth understanding, as information alone does not connect people.
Having the social and interpersonal skills necessary to convey information in a way that appeals to the general public is one of the best ways to provide better education. Places like the Centre for Advancing Opportunity help balance communities’ potential by looking beyond their social status to provide them with many opportunities.
No country is perfect. All over the world there are problems related to religion, racism, caste and gender that date back thousands of years. But America is in a unique position. It’s a relatively young nation. This means there is no precedent for religious conflict or rival nations leading to an almost irreparable feud between citizens.
In South Africa, for example, there are tribes that have been feuding for centuries and present a serious political obstacle to progress. But not in America. In this country, founded on the ideal of creating a new world for Europeans, all possibilities of progress ripen. The decision to institute slavery as a color-based welfare system immediately shut out the talent that could advance Americans much faster.
Geniuses like Katherine Johnson and Benjamin Banneker have been banned from their full potential for innovation because of racism. A recent NPR report found that racial violence against Black American communities after Plessy vs. Ferguson almost stopped black inventors from applying for patents.