One of the many things wrong with the education system is that it doesn’t give kids the time to master anything. What we do instead is teach them a little about a lot of different subjects. And I’m using the word “teach” loosely here, since kids don’t retain most of the information.
Schools have this “jack of all trades” method where kids are given 1 hour periods to focus and they are made to juggle 5-7 completely different subjects, most of which are not interesting to them.
If you ask me, that sounds like a recipe for creating mediocre people.
This education system doesn’t even allow them to specialize until they’re deep into college!
That method flies in the face of how we actually learn.
It is mastering one thing that sets us up to succeed in other areas. It teaches us how to think and how to stick through difficult things. It gives us confidence in ourselves to master anything we set our minds to.
Though it may seem counterintuitive, focusing on one thing for a long period of time gets us further than focusing on a lot of things for a short period of time.
Oh, and as a bonus, it also makes for more interesting people!
This post was inspired by this amazing interview of Adam Robinson on The Knowledge Project
Here is the relevant portion: