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.