The evidence is in: the current school system has to be fundamentally changed in this century for sure. Mingling learning and working, the MBA approach is more promising in general. But MBA learning is not to be restricted in classrooms.
A fascinating and important piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning makes the case that our modern habit of keeping kids out of work during years and years of academic study may actually stunt the development of important parts of their brain: the parts that have to do with practicality and making responsible decisions.
Ideally, kids’ lives should integrate both work and study through life — not as nine year old factory slaves, but more like the way kids on American family farms acquired more and more responsible roles as they grew up.