The Trouble with Our Education System

by Lorne Mitchell on 13/04/2011

A keen fan of the Royal Society of Art’s Animate series, I saw this yesterday and thought it would make a great Thursday Thought:

A great analysis of the problem – but I wonder what readers think the solutions might be? Please add your comments below!

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1 Sebastian April 14, 2011 at 08:39

Thanks Lorne

Some good ideas in this, not much new, but his argument is weak because (1) he argues against things that he need not, and which sometimes are irrelevant or simply untrue, and (2) like the majority of educational reformers, his bias is very visible and very left wing. His key point is a very important one, namely that our education suffers from being a factory system, but he confuses this excellent point with much irrelevant detail and some points where he contradicts himself.

For example, he complains about children being taught in batches by age group, then he recommends that some children learn best on their own, and then proceeds to recommend that all children should learn in groups — very muddled thinking. He ignores one of the reasons for grouping children roughly by their ages, which is to try to minimize bullying and sexual and homosexual predation of younger boys by older ones. Overall, he comes across as an enthusiastic amateur who is a dab hand at drawing cartoons fast, rather than someone who has got into this problem in depth.

This article is on the same topic, and is a much higher quality argument.

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704101604576247143383496656-lMyQjAxMTAxMDEwNDExNDQyWj.html

Regards

S

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2 David brunnen April 15, 2011 at 09:19

I look at the education scene from the viewpoint of a business governor at a Further Education (FE) College where the primary emphasis is on vocational skills and the students are drawn from a massively wide age range – from young would-be engineers to seasoned business executives looking for a change in direction.

The scope for flexible arrival into the FE facilities (starting age 14) and flexible exit points (into university, employment, enterprise etc) is hugely under-rated by mainstream commentators.

Public perceptions of ‘education’ are fed by ‘Jamie’s Dream School’ packaging (selected for televisual appeal) or politicians (as pointed out in the RSA lecture) who are fighting the last war and not fully attuned to today’s realities.

Good news and real achievements rarely get media attention. Who would ever have guessed that Eastleigh in Hampshire is home to the UK’s second largest provider of adult vocational education? Just down the road from a classic and out-standing, very academic, 6th Form College is a campus that joins a young peoples school of engineering and a multi-disciplinary FE college training folks as diverse as dancers, hairdressers, builders, aircrew and refrigeration engineers.

FE is where the real economy gets it talent – and where educationalists should go to get educated about education!

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