Have you seen the McDonald’s McRib? It makes its appearance on the McDonalds menu occasionally and people seem to flock to it. McDonalds even has a special McRib club celebrating the sandwich. The club fan pages says “The club who loves the flavorful pork and tangy barbeque sauce of our favorite sandwich. We’re a discriminating group who don’t mind getting sticky.”
I saw a McRib commercial the other day, and it occurred to me that education today has a lot in common with the McRib. The McRib is made up of processed meat, ground up and pressed into a mold so that it looks like actual ribs (bones and all which is a little disconcerting). It is drenched in barbecue sauce, slapped on a patty with a few pickles and onion and sold as food. It is made to look like something that is satisfying and fulfilling but it is really just a cheap, processed imitation of the real thing. Education is looking more and more like a McRib these days, processed, standardized and made to look like something that is satisfying and doing it’s job. But really, this kind of education is only a cheapened imitation of the real thing.
The real thing is truly satisfying, always better than the imitation.