Does the modern education system has the potential to change the world as we know it? Let’s find out.
Many nations across the world have embraced the importance of the education system. However, little progress has been made to improve it. The lack of progress results from the lack of vision or awareness of the needs of today’s generations of learners. College and university administrators have shifted their priorities away from the main aim of education. As a result, the role of the teacher is diminished, and the consequences are already visible.
According to a research done in 2009, only half of the faculty members in higher education were part-timers. However, due to the resources that are involved in classroom instruction and student research services, the part-time faculty members now outnumber permanent faculty. This is one of the new challenges the higher education is facing.
In one way or another, the modern education system is changing. However, the main question remains: is the current education system changing the world or not? This article highlights 5 signs that unravel a mystery: perhaps the current education may not be changing this world like we expected.
1. The education system is purposely exam-oriented
The modern education system remains exam-oriented, just like it always was. We rely on routine memorization as the key approach in education. Schools are still using test scores as the primary criteria to analyze the knowledge and skills of students. As a result, the overall education system is somewhat authoritarian in nature. We are made to believe that good test scores are the key to achieving success. Teachers are not emphasizing the importance of being creative, innovative and diverse. They don’t bother to discover talents; they just want to see how good the students are at memorizing. In the end, if feels like a hopeless situation that’s killing the creativity of many students. For that reason, many parents prefer homeschooling over public school education. The schools continue to ignore important methods such as discussion, training, and research to discover talent. From the looks of it, the current education will not change the world in terms of enhancing students’ creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
2. Teachers fail to focus on skill development
Developed countries like China and Singapore have diverted their focus on skill development. Through that method, they have achieved great improvement in the industrial growth. However, there is a huge gap between the need for developing skills and the education students are receiving in the rest of the world. The system provides us with the knowledge, but we’re not seeing any progress in learning the technical skills for using that knowledge. Most countries lack an education system that can stimulate children and encourage the learning skills they need for achieving their full potential. This means that we need a curriculum with practical and vocational learning aside from the theoretical studies. We need this change because the world is changing, but the education system has not evolved fast enough. Most people are attracted by intelligence, not education.
3. The teachers don’t get the support and training they need
The modern education system does not support people in discovering what they enjoy or what they are good at. It is a matter of ‘go to school, choose a course you have no idea of, get a degree and graduate.’ Teachers also lack support and encouragement from the government to respond to the needs today’s students have. The students simply learn for the sake of learning and complete the syllabus as directed. They have no idea why they are in school and why they are taking the course they choose. They fail to connect the dots as they are facing an existential crisis, which is regular in the current generation.
If we want to make education the driving vehicle to success, then the current system needs to focus on offering support to teachers. Young people will have the interest to learn if they see learning as meaningful, important and worthwhile. That’s how the teachers need to present it.
4. Governments are not investing enough finances in education
Currently, most countries in the world are in need of funds to sustain their educational activities, such as hiring teachers, constructing new schools, organizing workshops, and so on. As a result, it has become hard to raise sufficient funds for the educational reforms. On the other hand, the teacher-student ratio is low, and that affects the growth of students. Similarly, the quality of education delivered in schools is questionable. There are inadequate teaching and reading materials in some parts of the world. For instance, in some countries, you will find worn out and outdated textbooks that are shared by more than five students.
5. Education is denied to disabled and poor students
We’re all aware of the fact that education is a universal human right, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, this basic right is denied to people with disabilities. The lack of proper training of teachers, discrimination and negativity leave poor and disabled students vulnerable to getting their right to education. For instance, more than 100 million living in developing countries cannot read or write. This can be due to conflict, poverty, and discrimination. In the end, poverty forces families to choose which kid to send to school.
On the other hand, people living in a place with war or conflict may not see the need for education, since they don’t feel secure. War negatively impacts the education system in a country. As a result, its economy is affected and the generation may suffer from things such as lack of education, inflation, and so on. We’re still not seeing end to the wars, so the children in these countries don’t get the chance to get educated and change the world.
If we expect the modern education system to change the world, we have to stop seeing the curriculum alone as the core differentiator. As soon as they graduate, the students will be judged by how well they can turn what they have learned into useful practice. That’s where we should focus our attention. Due to the technology advancement, people are shunning away from education. Who could blame them? It is the same old system that does not guarantee technical skills that are needed in the current world, so they tend to find the information they need online. Maybe if we focus the education system on skill development instead of memorizing information for the sake of getting grades, it will become meaningful again.
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