Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Education was one of the big topics of discussion on Tuesday. While there are obviously problems, I do not think that the system is ineffective, just some tweaking. From some of my other GE courses I have noticed that some students have some false notions about education: learning is always fun or classwork should be easy. One of the comments from class was about the discrepancies between education and the workforce. I liked the comment in made in Kyle Durfee's blog about going to vocation school if you want job training. Universities are not a long workshop to prepare us for a single job. Rather, universities provide a basis of knowledge that can be applied to many situations.
One of the problems with the education debate, like many of the big issues of the day, is that most of the solutions that people suggest are overly simplistic: "If the government would just hire more teachers the system would fix itself", "All we have to do is get rid of standardized testing", etc, etc, etc. There is not a set system that will help everyone achieve every one of their goals. You may feel that the university does not cater to your individual needs, but you are not the only one here to get an education. What is useful to one person may be entirely useless to another. Therefore, educational institutions are necessarily required to adjust curriculum to reach a broad spectrum of people's needs. From this pool of presented knowledge, students can take what benefits them and learn the skills that will help them in their lives.
In conclusion, some changes do need to be made and will always have to be made. The world is constantly changing and we have to constantly change the way that we learn about it.