There is perhaps no student nowadays who doesn’t know the song “Another brick in the wall” by the British rock band Pink Floyd. It has become a hymn to scholars from all around the world. But why was it written? Why do children still shout “We don’t need no education”?
This article gives an overview of the history of the creation and motives behind it. What is of importance for the purposes of this blog is the reason the song was written in the first place – it was inspired by the schooling of Roger Waters himself in the 1950s, which he felt was too strict and not stimulating. This iconic record is not an attack on education, but rather criticises a model that is far too oppressing for young individuals.
This type of educational model is called traditional and this website has shown a good comparison between traditional and progressive values.
The opposition of traditional versus progressive has been current throughout the last century – American theorist John Dewey mentions it in his books in the beginning of the 20th century. During the decades, people have tried to break up established boundaries and old beliefs, very often reflecting their rebellion in their art (as is the example with Pink Floyd). The model of fighting against the ‘system’ exists today and also in a very intensive form. Because of the sudden emerging of new technology, its rapid development and growth of digital media, change is more necessary than ever.
This blog will examine in what ways the system is currently being reformed and what possibilities lie ahead.
Bibliography and further reading:
Barber, M., 1996. The learning game: Arguments for an education revolution. London: Victor Gollancz
Rudestam, K.E., and Schoenholtz-Read, J., 2002. Handbook of online learning. Innovations in higher education and corporate training. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.
Dewey, J., 1997. Experience and Education. Pocket books.