This section of the website is not about changing the current education system, it is simply here to inform and help with the education system that exists. That is not to say that we will not have ‘informed’ opinions as to what should and shouldn’t be. We are fortunate in that we can change opinions and voice off without having to lay proposals before parliament and the long process that entails.
Normally, changes in the Education System of the UK take place upon the change of governments. Many things are proposed whilst in government, but the parliamentary system is so slow, that the changes don’t always happen.
That there is drastic need for change can be seen by anyone who can take an un-blinkered look. It will need your own freedom from the shackles of dogma and tradition. Things are changing more rapidly than government - any government -can cope with.
It is ironic, that many so-called developing nations are putting education systems into place which embrace new technologies, and in particular Information Technology. It is encouraging that IT is no longer the remit of the chosen few within academic professions. IT is here NOW for all to use. It does not need school or even university time. It could be forcibly argued that Google is the new education.
Many would say that it is dangerous to leave education, learning and teaching to the internet – where anyone can write anything with almost no control. It does not have to be assessed by peers. It can be written and placed upon the www for anyone to read. ‘Anyone’ will then have to try and assess whether the information is factually correct.
But, can we truthfully say that what is taught in classrooms and studies is also factually correct – free of the political leanings of the teacher; free of the chains of traditions; free enough and brave enough to question whether what is taught is factually true?
I have experience in a developing country which is recognized for its poor education system. It is interesting – even frightening – that I often find that the less educated are in fact cleverer than those with the better education!
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 future. Simply filling classrooms with computers does not take education into the future.
The one big growth area that we are picking out is of that of distance learning. As we have intimated above, there is no real need to physically attend a classroom to learn or be educated. There could be a strong argument about Distance Learning being for those who actually want to learn – rather than for those who have to learn. The subject matter is open to choice – an aspect so lacking in our conventional education system.
We will try to alert you to new methods, yet at the same time inform you about education as it is. Bias exists in all education. We will try our hardest – and you will be judge – to strip bias from this section!
Education starts the moment the baby is separated from the umbilical cord. More often than not in the early stages, the child has the onerous ask of learning many things totally unaided. As it progresses through life at a rapid pace, it starts to get taught. Education is seen as the main vehicle for learning. Is it really so?
This section - methinks - will be 'hot' for there is nothing that stirs passions – or should do - more than the subject of education. Sit back and enjoy? I think not!