The squeeze continues. Since the financial crisis hit, spending cuts have forced officials and planners at all levels of government to trim their budgets, often carving off whole swathes of worthless lean meat in order to conserve and protect that vital bureaucratic fat. One of the latest casualties in Texas may be school field trips, which are diminishing in quality and quantity, as the NY Times reports.Field trips do serve a good purpose, and Via Meadia thinks that on the whole American children need more hands-on learning and life experience outside the classroom. But this story points to a broader, more pernicious misallocation of resources. The “big box” school and the bureaucratic school district are artifacts from a more primitive and less developed social era. The idea that the way to prepare children for the future is to immobilize them in classrooms that follow a rigid and usually half-baked curriculum is a product of the vanishing industrial age. The professionalization of education—in which parents cede responsibility for and authority over their children’s education to teachers and bureaucrats—is also outdated and unaffordable.America doesn’t need a few more fiscal bandages for an outdated school system so students can go on a few more (if memory serves, often dull) field trips. We need a deep rethink of the relationship between education and work and we need a system that encourages rather than stifles creative approaches to serious education. Being confined to the classroom until age 22 or even 30 is profoundly unnatural, not to mention a poor way to learn. Information technology and a more entrepreneurial and vibrant society must remake the schools top to bottom.The current model produces mostly very mediocre results at unacceptable and rising costs. This can’t go on forever, and it won’t.