Hey Education, We Need to Talk | Greg Martin | 8 Min Read

June 8, 2023

As the cliché goes, “It’s not you, it’s me.” In this sense, education (you) is not what today’s students (me) need. What do I mean by this? It is time to talk about the challenges facing education today with regard to misalignment between what schools from 9-12 through higher education are teaching and what today’s students, and tomorrow’s adults, need. In one sense, I have to ask, are we being honest with our young people regarding education? Or, are we spinning a myth from the past that has lost its relevance? Worse yet, are we selling them a product in the form of higher education that has lost value? Are we having conversations with our students about multiple pathways to good-paying careers?  Hey education, we need to talk.

History and economics are the driving factors in our educational system. From the creation of public schools in the late 19th century to the adoption of and continued use of the Carnegie Credit Hour, to the increasingly common question “Is college worth it?”, few people are able to see through the marketing and rhetoric and come to any logical conclusion. Our current view of the educational pipeline is…

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Greg Martin

Greg grew up in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and attended the Peddie School, playing football and lacrosse. Greg graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a BA in Political Science. He then earned his MA in European History from Western Connecticut State University and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Drexel University. Greg continues to research, write, and present on staffing models in American boarding schools. His work has been featured in the National Association of Independent Schools magazine. Greg is a regular presenter at the annual The Association of Boarding Schools Conference. Greg has also been a guest on the Enrollment Management Association's podcast several times and has contributed to The Trustees Letter on two occasions. Greg serves on the advisory board for the Independent School MA program at Mount Holyoke College. Greg currently serves as the Humanities Chair at Vermont Academy.