I like my education the way I like my beer, a craft. I have been studying the craft beer industry for quite some time and I am constantly baffled by the people in the industry. Our society revolves around monetary pursuits. Everyone always seems to tell me, "The customer is always right," Yet I feel as if companies just say that, because they think they should. Unlike other industries, the people I continuously encounter involved with craft beer absolutely love their work. They put love and passion in what they do, hoping to give good beer to good people. To these brewers, beer is an art that involves an emotional attachment to the creation of the product. Education ought to be no different.
This point may seem rather self-evident. Anyone who does their job ought to love what they do. But the issue for me here is the standardization of education. When one standardizes the beer industry, you end up with companies such as Anheuser Busch and Coors Miller, producing mediocre products. For example, Keystone Ice remains a lager style like any other Iced beer. Nothing too special. But the can specifically says "Ale" on it. I addressed this minor issue with a friend who worked in the industry who responded by saying, "They just don't care. And they can get away with it, because people just don't care." I would argue that the standardization of education is causing a similar apathy for students. The standardization of education rarely places students in a position where they remain able to pursue an erudite interest that they love.
Unfortunately, I am not yet at a point in my career where I have a plan outlined for how America can change education to a craft. And this plan will have to wait till after I receive my doctorate most likely, due to my other academic pursuits.
The Jesse Jennings