Educational Recon:

Martina Inumidun Iwala®
January 31, 2024
5 min read

In our quest to equip the youth of today for the challenges of tomorrow, it's imperative to delve into the historical tapestry of our education system. The genesis of America's educational framework can be traced back to an unexpected source - the Prussian Empire, a realm that sprawled across what is now modern-day Germany. This journey into history is not merely academic; it reveals the underlying ethos and objectives that continue to shape our approach to education.

The late 18th century saw the Prussian Empire expand its dominion, notably through the conquest of Poland. This expansion presented a unique challenge: integrating a diverse and resistant Polish populace into the Prussian fold. The Prussian government, in a strategic move, targeted the most malleable segment of society - the youth. Recognising the ease of shaping young minds compared to altering established adult beliefs, they crafted an education system focused not on fostering creativity or independent thought but on instilling obedience, patriotism, and respect for authority. The goal was clear: to mould individuals who were educated enough to operate machines yet docile enough to never question their place or the authority in industrial roles.

Fast forward to the present, and we find ourselves inheriting an educational legacy that echoes these bygone objectives. As we navigate a world vastly different from the industrial age, one must ask: does an education system rooted in 18th-century Prussian ideals serve the needs of the 21st-century learner? It's a question that beckons us to reconsider and reframe the way we educate our future generations.

At Operation: ADULTing®, we refuse to be shackled by the past. Instead, we embrace the challenge of reimagining education, ensuring it nurtures critical thinking, creativity & adaptability - skills imperative for thriving in today's dynamic world. It's a journey of transformation, one that beckons educators, policymakers & communities alike to join us in forging a path that leads not to the past but to a future brimming with limitless possibilities.

Historical Context:

Elaborate on the origins of the current education system. Explain how the Prussian model was adopted to create a disciplined, industrious workforce, focusing on obedience and patriotism. Discuss Horace Mann's influence in bringing this model to America.

Critique of the Current System:

Transition into a critique of the current system, noting how its origins in the industrial era may not be well-suited for today's rapidly changing, creative, and technologically driven world. Use evidence and examples to show how this system can stifle creativity and critical thinking, and may be out of tune with natural child development.

Nonpartisan Stance:

Maintain a nonpartisan approach by focusing on the educational aspects rather than political. Acknowledge the contributions of the existing system in historical context but emphasise the need for evolution rather than outright dismissal.

Modern Educational Needs:

Discuss the skills required in the 21st century – critical thinking, creativity, adaptability – and how these are not sufficiently nurtured in the traditional model. Reference how other cultures or systems have approached education differently.

Role of Organisations like Operation: ADULTing®:

Introduce Operation: ADULTing® as an example of an innovative approach to education. Highlight how OAI is addressing these gaps, fostering critical thinking, and preparing young adults for modern challenges. Use real examples and success stories to illustrate your points.

Call to Action:

Conclude with a call to action, inviting readers, educators, policymakers, and the community to join in rethinking and reshaping the future of education. This could involve supporting initiatives like OAI, advocating for educational reforms, or simply starting conversations about the role of education in today's world.

Closing Thoughts:

End with a powerful statement on the importance of evolving education to meet the needs of future generations, echoing OAI’s mission of empowering and equipping young adults for the challenges of adulthood.

Martina Inumidun Iwala®
January 31, 2024
5 min read