Our aim is not to change the current educational framework. The purpose is to offer advice about education systems that already exist.
That said, we do have ‘informed’ opinions on what schooling and tuition should and should not be. Of course, we can also change opinions and voice off without having to lay proposals before parliament
Taking an unblinkered look would show where changes in teaching need to take place. But, it usually takes a change of government to bring about changes in an education system. Despite their regular proposals, the parliamentary system is so slow that changes do not always happen.
Putting Education Systems in Place
It is ironic, that many so-called developing nations are putting their new education systems into place. They embrace new technologies with speed and influence (e.g. information technology in particular).
It’s encouraging that IT is no longer the remit of the chosen few within academic professions. IT is here NOW and for all to use! It does not need school or even university time. In fact, some would say that Google™ is the new platform for getting advice about education.
Others might say that it is dangerous to leave education, learning, and teaching to the internet. It is a place where almost anyone can write anything. There is almost no control because it does not always need assessing by peers.
Anyone can read it once written and placed upon the ‘WWW’. Users will then have to try and assess whether the information is factual and correct.
But, can we truthfully say that subjects taught in classrooms and studies are also correct and factual? To a certain extent, the information is free of:
- Political leanings of the teacher
- Chains of traditions
- Questioning and fact-checking
So, What Now for Education?
Many have seen and experienced a developing country recognized for its poor education system. Yet, it is interesting, and even frightening, that some less educated folk are in fact cleverer than those with the better education!
What is Education For?
Is there anything, other than the questionable discipline of having to do it, that cannot be better learned in one’s own time? Education is in large part about the past. It is rarely about the present or the future. Thus, filling classrooms with computers does not necessarily take education into the future.
The one big growth area that we are picking out for educational advice is distance learning. Fact, there is no real need to physically attend a classroom to learn or get educated.
So, there could be a strong argument that distance learning is for those who actually want to learn, rather than for those who have to learn. The subject matter is open to choice. It is an aspect lacking in many conventional education systems.
Education starts the moment a baby separates from the umbilical cord. More often than not in the early stages, the child has the onerous task of learning many things totally unaided. As it progresses through life at a rapid pace, it starts to receive schooling and instruction. Thus, you can view education as the main vehicle for learning. But, is it really so?