It would be nice to imagine that eventually we'll realize that persisting with a Victorian industrial-age conception of schooling is just as functional as making white collar workers commute into an office every day. Both were solutions to problems that existed 170 years ago, using the best available technologies. Today we don't have those problems but insanely we persist in applying Victorian solutions. In both cases the dysfunction creates enormous social and economic costs, which we continue blithely to ignore simply because it's easier that way than confronting reality and accepting that we're doing things that make zero sense in today's very different world. There should be no concept of Eighth Grade, just as there should be no rush hour commute.

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