In the US, we live in a technocratic society that is overseen and governed by a set of social norms and standards. Not only are people told what acceptable and what standards is must be achieved and maintained, but students also feel various effects of modern technocracy. Here, we look at how the educational system has been affected and how both students and teachers now have to adjust to a new set of standards set forth by individual states.
Standards Set by A Modern Society
Technocratic conditions in our educational system began in the early 1980s and has continued to play a role in the education of our youth. One program that was introduced by the US Government, the Common Core Educations Standards Initiative, has played a key role in public and private schools across the country.
The CCESI was initially sponsored by two non-governmental organizations with a goal to set standards and a specific level of assessment for students and teachers. The entire purpose of Common Core is to create standardized achievement levels. Our society is more concerned with test scores than the actual learning experience of students.
Not only do these standardized tests place pressure on students to perform, but they also assess the capabilities of teachers. Many argue that no standardized test can reveal knowledge obtained by any individual students and is surely no reflection on teaching methods or effectiveness of such methods in a classroom.
Negative Effects of a Technocratic Society on Learning
The education reforms that have been proposed and enacted in school systems have a strong technocratic base and there is a strict and centralized system of control. A class of education experts has been given the power to standardize learning across the board, which has had many negative effects on education.
Technocracy does not allow for freedom or educational diversity. Instead, it groups all students into one single category and judges them based on achievements and test scores. It has reduced diversity and has taken away any power of choice. These standards that have been set are expected to be achieved by all students, regardless of their cultural diversities, backgrounds, or even learning impairments. This type of society places all focuses on results instead of any input that was needed to achieve those results.
Some of the other negative effects that are evident include:
Students losing self-identity through standardized testing
The feeling of failure when not able to meet standards
The inability to think outside of the box
Focus on testing over the core learning experience
Inability to express one’s own ideas or thoughts that are not considered socially acceptable
Current education politics follow suit with these standardizations, assuming that all students are created equal and should all be able to possess identical skills. This form of thinking and education reform also insinuates that all colleges are looking for the same type of student, with the same mind-set, same skills, and the same work ethics. This could not be further from the truth.
The Trouble with Modern Education
Due to our technocratic society, modern education is failing. The current education system is developed on the idea that all students have the same mind development. Success is measured by test scores, which is simply a result of memorization. Unfortunately, schools today discourage any mistakes or failures. It is our mistakes that often make us most successful.
Modern education is failing to teach life skills. “The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty, you can be confident about what’s been taught and what’s been left out. But these young people have such an intelligent, knowledgeable surface, and then the crust suddenly breaks, and you look down into depths of confusion you didn’t know existed.” – Eve Maygar, an educational specialist from the papersowl.com company. While modern students have resources and technology, basic skills are lacking.
Here are some of the key issues with modern education that have been a result of technocracy.
Problem-solving skills are not taught or practiced
Knowledge is valued more than skills and creativity
Freedom of choice is not encouraged
Students learn that good test results are the only indication of success
The current education system requires revamping, and standardized teaching and learning are not effective. Research has shown that these standards set forth by experts do not consider individuality, cultural differences, backgrounds, previous knowledge, or other aspects that shape each student. As our technocratic society continues to dictate what education should be, students continue to suffer as teachers strive to meet standards. No student is created equal. Some have different strengths, such as those that enjoy science, while others are more creative and excel in writing. They cannot all be judged or tested at one level.