Walther von Oldenburg Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:35 pm
Werewolf - I know history is a fascinating subject and once you grasp how various factors combine together to form the historical process, it's hard to stop thinking about various plausible possibilities, but... it's irrelevant for everyone except a tiny group of academics. If some day all these historians disappeared, we wouldn't even notice (few people read historical books - and these are the only output historians produce). But if all civil engineers or even technicians disappeared, the entire country would literally stop running.
I wanted to highlight that the "one size fits all" approach to education (as in Finland) is not the most productive one, no matter how good it is. If you put gifted children in the same class with those of below-average abilities, the only way for all of them to pass is to put the expectation bar at the lowest common denominator, or in other words, to "dumb down" the entire system. And both kids will suffer - the less-gifted kid will suffer because he'll barely be able to pass from class to class and will hardly learn anything useful (instead of getting a vocational education or something), the gifted kid will be bored all the time and will have to learn about functions while his mind is fit enough to learn multivariable calculus and... will also suffer. That's why I like "traditional" education modell ober Finnish BS, especially Soviet/Russian one with specialized high schools that are very good yet accessible to poorer kids.
In our age "broad education" is not needed. To the contrary - specialization is more needed than at any point in the past. Amount of knowledge is growing so rapidly that even grasping the totality of it in a single area of a given subject (civil law, computer science) is not possible for people with IQ below 200. And the quicker the specialization, the better.