The simple idea behind anything open-source is “Here. We’ve something we’ve made that we think is good. Take it and use it and change it to suit your needs.”
Few of us likely have any idea how much we rely on open-sourced products in our daily lives. Have an Android phone? Reading this on Facebook? Or an Apple OS? If you’re on the web at all, odds are some open-source software and code was a part of the creating of the content you’re using.
It’s a wondrous idea to conceive that so much has come from ideas that were given away. After all, just about all of us were raised differently, that we should strive for measurable achievement until we’ve reached a point of success that, if it wasn’t told to us by someone else, it was most likely highly influenced by some other source: Have the deserved amount of salary. Buy the right size and style house. Get the that advanced degree.
Most anything given away open-sourced was certainly designed to be good and operational. But it’s put out there into the world with the idea that it is undefined. People will take it make it better or design a use for it that the original makers didn’t imagine.
Why can’t education take a cue from the open-sourced world? Stop striving for achievement and measurables and simply give to the people what we have (certainly stop guarding knowledge so zealously under the guise of curriculum) and let people do with it what they wish.
It would take the swallowing of a lot of ego, for sure, but, beyond that, just the will to put in the effort to make it happen. You know, will and effort, that stuff we preach all the time to children they should have when it comes to the work we give them.