Supposedly our educational system is designed for the Industrial Age; churning out people who can read a job description and will do as they’re told.
I just listened to this Freakonomics episode about using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (much more exciting than its name) to lower crime and dropout rates in Chicago Schools:
It’s very interesting, and got me thinking: If we are educating people who will mostly be working with their minds and interpersonal skills, then learning about how our own minds work – with regards to motivation, learning, habits, productivity & procrastination, empathy, creativity, etc. – should be a much more important part of our education on every level.
On every level, K through 12 and then some, kids should receive some kind of practical psychological education. Like gym class (if gym class were better), but for the brain.