Can Today’s Educational System Keep Up With Our Rapidly Developing Society?

Posted by Adam Malanaphy, at Glenmont Group

A well-rounded education is arguably the most important
element of a successful individual. In theory it makes perfect sense; our
children are educated in order to develop skills that will enable them to
prosper in the “real world” which exists after graduation. The knowledge base
that has been accumulated through the progression of human evolution enables us
to continually move forward by learning from the past. A topic which was introduced
by Sir Ken Robinson in a recent YouTube webinar introduces the concept that our
education system is still largely influenced by the industrial revolution,
which occurred in the late 1800’s. When one analyzes this concept with a side-by-side
comparison the similarities become much more evident and strongly suggest that
our educational system needs to be adapted to the 21st century.

Students navigate their schools much like products navigate
the inside of a manufacturing plant. Groups of students are formed by age and
are moved through the various levels of a production process as they are
advanced by grade. These students are directed to separate areas of their
schools for different subjects to learn from professors who specialize in a
certain area, much like the way products are developed at different stages of a
production process in specific areas of a plant that specialize in a certain
task. The fact is that, under the microscope, these similarities not only
exist, but are abundantly obvious.

So, one may be compelled to ask whether or not this is an
issue which needs to be addressed, or perhaps it is just a logical and
effective strategy. I feel that the process has been successful in the past,
but is rapidly becoming antiquated. As a young professional in my mid-twenties,
I attest to the fact that our education system simply does not provide the
effective segue to the non-academic world as it once did. The age of
information we currently live in has widened the gap between the lessons learned in class and the reality that exists on the other side of one’s degree. In order to be effective, our lessons must come from the forefront of developing concepts and be communicated to students in real time. In order for us to streamline education and continue to advance education we must consider making changes to education as we know it.

This will not be easy; however it is not an insurmountable
issue which cannot be overcome. I suggest more hands on teaching techniques
based on experiencing concepts rather than reading about them. I was formally
educated for sixteen years from first grade through college graduation and I
learned a lot, but I must admit in the six months I have spent working at the
Glenmont Group I have learned just as much. The hands on experience I have had working with a concentrated group of the most effective recruiters in the eDiscovery and Legal Technology industry has shown me that there is far more to implementing the skills I learned in school than I had been led to believe. Let’s take the opportunity to step back for a moment and adapt our education system to the society we live in today in order to ensure the success of our education system in the future.


Glenmont Group is a boutique search firm that concentrates on Professional Services, with a focus in the Legal & Content space. Because we are a highly focused boutique firm, we offer expertise in the industry that other search firms cannot. Our staff has been trained on, employed in or consulted for these industries so there is no learning curve. This means that you will not see resumes off of "job boards" that seem to have little or no connection to the position you are trying to fill. In fact, just the opposite is true. Our process includes a competitive analysis that identifies the top candidates in your given field. At Glenmont Group, we strive to develop and maintain long-term professional relationships with our clients. We believe in a business relationship based on hard work, cooperation, integrity, trust and a sense of humor. We are also active members in our industries by working on or with the Executive board of our industry trade organizations such as; IQPC, EDRM, LMA, PMA, ALSM, ALA, AIIM, ARMA. This assures constant access to a network of those highest quality candidates who are involved in these organizations.

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