I am in the middle of re-reading the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and wanted to hear from those of you that have read it, or any of the books in the series.
Aside from being a great book, it does pose some very interesting questions about the way society functions, or could potentially function.
One of the most interesting concepts that I am drawn to is the specialization of learning, in Ender’s case he is selected to train as an air-force pilot at the age of 6. In contemporary society, students learn about a broad spectrum of topics, and don’t even begin specialization until college, and even then you are still required to take a minimum amount of classes on other subjects and topics.
Do you think society would be more efficient if people started specializing at an earlier age? In concept it seems much more efficient to learn and train in what you are interested in, instead of being forced to learn a broad spectrum of topics of which you have little interest and most likely won’t utilize the information that you are forced to obtain.
I know there are those that have no idea what they want to do, and a more general path would be the best option. Also, there is the argument that you learn “life lessons” in college, but I feel that you would learn those equally well and maybe in a more applicable manner in a specialization program.
Would soldiers be better if they started training in middle school? Would investment bankers be more successful if focused solely on market related learning at the beginning of high-school?
Any thoughts on that, or any other facets of the book are more than welcome.
For those of you that have not read the book or series, or those that need a refresher, I have posted the Wikipedia page for Ender’s Game below: