The Failure of Modern One Size Fits All Schooling



It was charged that “the curriculum of their schools… discouraged growth of knowledge by excluding any but traditional ideas; that it appealed too much to memory and to passive obedience; that the unchanged educational establishment had lost touch with the needs of the time for a greater utilization of science and a more realistic view of human life.” A recent study and report to a national educational review panel over the deficiencies of inner-city education? Or maybe a Charter Schools Administrator lashing out at local government officials over their unwillingness to accept novel teaching methods or a diversified curriculum? Well Not actually. The quote is from a book that has been published announcing a revolution in education. Can you find it on the NY Times bestsellers list, and currently being promoted by Oprah Winfrey or other national celebrities? Not very likely.

Actually, both the above charge and announcement are very factual. They happened in 1762 in France and are the work of philosopher JeanJacques Rousseau. How little has changed in 258 years. This includes the perceived problems of a failing education system, as well as the solutions instituted. Back then as a solution to these failures the French and then thereafter most of the Western World focused on strict government control of education, this with rigidly defined curriculums. In our current century, we have once again proven that this approach can have miserable failings, along with, at best, an abundance of mediocrity.

Why have these methods failed? What can be done to improve them? What basic changes to our approach could replace them? Have our methods and process taken priority over the intended results? Can effective student-centered education be developed? These are just a few of many questions confronting educators, legislators, and parents today.


One inherent flaw built into our current educational models involves the rigid structure of learning and the controlling piecemeal methods that information is spoon-fed to students. Typically the students have no interest in the subject matter at hand or in the way in which it is presented. Could making learning an enjoyable and pleasant experience affect the results?

These rigid curriculum-based educational models restrict creativity beyond belief and accordingly take away the fun, discovery, and excitement out of learning. They also ignore the recognized psychological fact that different people learn better in different ways. Some people are left-brained, some right. Some people learn better with visual tools, others audio or with written material, while others though doing.

The days of one size fits all schooling need to be put behind us. It has proven itself a dismal failure for too many. It has taught multitudes of people how to passively take in information but has failed to teach them what to do with it, or to nurture a lifelong desire to continue learning, something very beneficial later in life. What it often does do is prepare one very well for becoming a passive couch potato.


In regard to higher education, our current models make similar missteps. Vertically stacked knowledge gained through the pursuit of narrowly defined college degree plans does not impart the tools one needs to adapt and move in the ever-changing dynamic work environment we have today. Education that is gained during a four or even eight-year period will become less useful each year afterward. With the rapid speed of change we experience today, a degree can become useless in less than ten years without further diversified continuing education. Specialization as we have come to know it is also problematic in this age of downsizing. Multidimensional job requirements that utilize information technologies and innovation require new types of workers who can integrate several types of work into one job.


What is more in order for our age? Lifelong learning must become the norm, not the exception. Being a career student should be the number one way to ensure a successful life. A more broad-based learning system, where knowledge is laid out laterally and used relatively, would also help. Exposure to many experiences at an early age can lay the mental groundwork for this type of learning. At the very least we need an educational system where creative thinking is taught, and where students discover how to utilize information, as opposed to today’s school life of extensive memorization and the passive following of instructions in a command and control environment.

U.S. General George Patton is quoted as saying, “don’t tell people how to do something, tell them what you want them to do, and you will be amazed by their ingenuity.” Controlling work environments are on their way out because they do not allow for this empowering individualism and personal creativity, two of the most valuable resources we have at our disposal as humans.

Albert Einstein, the famous American theoretical physicist, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world . . . stimulating progress or giving birth to evolution . . . .” Keeping these thoughts in mind, we can ask ourselves what might occur when imagination embraces near-perfect information (properly organized) or unlimited knowledge (practically available today via internet search engines). Could this be the key to embracing true educational reform today?


Information and computer technologies are tools that can now enable free-form, interest-based learning like never before possible. This can permit an individualized focus of learning for each student, based solely on his/her interests. Chaotic, you say? It was the philosopher Rousseau who first forwarded the idea of “present interest” in regards to learning. “Present interest–that is the great mover, the only one which leads surely and far.” The key is for the educator to be able to pull related curriculum into the student’s focus, this while he or she is happily enveloped in theirpresent interest”.

How much more of a lasting impression does this information make upon the student while he or she is still excited about the primary interest that brought all of it into focus? For example, first, try and explain to a toddler the function of a computer printer. You may get some points across, but not many. Then, another time, when you are helping the same child surf the Internet for a favorite topic of his or her’s (let’s say “pictures of fish”), and he/she is totally enthused about the picture or graphic on the computer screen, print it! Explain again the function of the printer to the child, while it is printing the focus of his/her enthusiasm. Which lesson do you think sinks in better? I know that was an oversimplified example, but you get the point.

Individualized learning based on a child’s natural inclinations would also enhance the child’s ability to develop according to his/her strengths, due to human tendencies to focus on things that suit one naturally. Education through self-discovery and life exploration is a feasible concept today with the information and tools at hand.


There have been some attempts at child based schooling previously, but with a strict curriculum as King, it has failed miserably. True and effective child-centered learning must at least in part, flow from each child’s own interests. It is only when one enthusiastically focuses on a matter, that they easily assimilate it, along with much additional peripheral data related to their current interest. This allows free and natural development of the unique self that each individual is. It invokes the child’s attention, enthusiasm, participation, and thought, and is real, useful, and purposeful for him or her.

Over 25 years ago, Peter Drucker, a popular but somewhat contrarian business Author, asked in his book, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, why somebody has not already taken accepted psychological principles related to learning and integrated them into a “more new educational system”. Today, we again ask ourselves the same thing. Individualized learning based upon present interest, and more diversified broad-based learning, are just two possible ingredients of this system. They require creativity from both educators and students and require a flexible system to work within. They are just two of many tools available to enhance learning as we know it and prepare our children as well as ourselves for whatever future lies before us.

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I Have An Outrageous Hypothesis….. Apocalypse 2025……..

Apocalypse 2025……

I have an outrageous hypothesis, that after spending much of a year attempting to disprove, have now spent the last 2 finishing the research needed to back up and reveal to the world. I will be publishing the first of several books on the matter in the coming months revealing the details of my mortifying claims regarding civilizations near term future. For a sample of the subject matter at hand, please follow the 2nd link below to my post in

Axis Shifts, Physical Pole Flips, Rotation Reversals, & Crustal Displacements, All Dubious Ideas, But Cyclical Axis Realignment Theory May Be On To Something

The time of testing is near my friends with ears to hear. Much more information soon in multiple websites and online forums.  Please save or download everything, because if I am right, which I am certain that I am, then my welfare is now forevermore in jeopardy as is this data, at least at the onset here. Please help me give a life of its own to these grave revelations asap, negating the need to do anything more than discredit me at that point, something I anticipate will come with a furry.

Thank you for your efforts along those lines. I have organized things to release a lot in as little time as possible on my artist minimalist budget that I have had to endure to get to this point, but I anticipate that shifting gears soon now that I am spilling the beans of the holy grail of every secret society and mega deep state entity on the planet. I know there are friends out there who can and will help this ridiculous act of a lone wolf David against a mega secret society Goliath.

These high power entities know what is coming and want the populations of the world to fall to the wayside from the coming catastrophe while they hide in their uber bunkers, following their Continuity of Powers directives in the innermost secret circles of certain Governments. That is wrong.

The people need to know and make peace with their maker or to be given some time to do what it takes to survive. At least if I have any say so in the matter.

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Dream, Imagine, Commit, Begin, and Dare Mighty Things!

Artists, mystics, inventors, entrepreneurs, and innovators are an odd lot of people who can not seem to remain content being a cog in somebody else’s wheel. Often called dreamers by their advocates and skeptics alike, these types admittedly live for these dreams. They represent a better future and have inspired men and women to do mighty things. They require imagination and vision. Their serendipitous paths could offer valuable insight to all of us.


Albert Einstein, the famous
American theoretical physicist
once said, “Imagination is more
important than knowledge, for knowledge
is limited, whereas imagination embraces the
entire world…… stimulating progress, or giving
birth to evolution…… “. Keeping these thoughts
in mind, I now ask you, what might occur when
imagination embraces near-perfect information,
(total access to any data) or unlimited intuitive
knowledge (available now.) I believe that
the first groups to embrace this novel
concept with the correct mindset
will make a big mark upon
this world. 

How few act upon their grand plans though, for whatever multitude of reasons? it was inventor Thomas Alva Edison 1847-1930, who said” Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” So, a commitment to rise to the challenge must follow.


there is hesitancy, the
chance to draw back, always
ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts
of initiative(and creation), therein one
elementary truth, the ignorance of which
kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that
the moment one definitely commits oneself, then
Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to
help one that would never otherwise have occurred,
A whole stream of events issues from the decision
raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen
incidents and meetings and material assistance
which no man could have dreamt would have
come his way. I have learned a deep respect
for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever
you can do, or dream you can, begin
it. Boldness has genius, power,
and magic in it.

Quote from The Scottish Himalayan
Expedition by W.H. Murray, 1951
Does providence always reward the actions of those who commit and begin to seek out their dreams? That depends on your definition of a reward. Here is what one well known American historical figure had to say about this.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered
by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who
neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in
the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat”
Teddy Roosevelt: [26th U.S. President]

So go on and DREAM, try to IMAGINE,
become INSPIRED, decide to COMMIT,
BEGIN your work, and then
DARE mighty things!

Vince Talkz

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