I hate school. I’ve always hated school. Even now that I’m almost 30, I still hate it, although I have no connections to it whatsoever. And don’t get me wrong - I love learning. Actually, learning new things is one of the things that make me the happiest in the world. I consider a day in which I don’t learn anything new or read something I didn’t previously know, to be a wasted day.
That being said I have to explain how and why those two statements exist together. In the modern era, where computers have shrunk to the size of a wrist-watch and can be bought at prices that are affordable to billions of people, where there is Internet available all around the globe, possessing enormous amounts of facts is as necessary as introducing yourself when you are Tom Hardy. And the education systems across the globe are made in that same fashion - cram the insane amount of information into your brain, and reproduce it when you are asked. That’s why there are millions of people who finish schools and have no clue about how to actually do anything.
Let’s get one thing straight - I don’t advocate for people not learning anything or not holding any information in their heads, and just typing away like zombies whenever they need to do or answer something. I just stand for finding a distinction between the necessary knowledge (something that everybody should know), useful knowledge (something that the more curious are encouraged of learning), highly specialized knowledge (what only professionals and people strictly interested in certain areas should learn) and useless information that nobody actually needs, which curriculums are full of. On the other hand, what is really important - how to apply the knowledge you have, how to do the things you strived to during a decade and a half of education, is taught by almost nobody, especially in primary and secondary education.
And that is why I hope that the new trend that is starting in Great Britain is going to be the downfall of classic education, and finally spark a learning revolution that will improve education world-over. The Brits growing dissatisfaction with the low quality education they are getting for their money inspired private companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and Pearson with wanting to enter the education market with their own private universities, handing out degrees of their own. What I find more interesting, and definitely more important, is the fact that they want to change the education method.
The Sunday Times article published a couple of days ago says their teaching will be “geared towards the skills that employers say they need, with students spending time working as interns in companies as part of their studies.” The article further quotes Roxanne Stockwell, principal at Pearson College, who said her university believed employers were as important as professors. “We sometimes say employers are the ‘missing professors” she said. Lucy Perrin, 19, from Tonbridge in Kent, said her AAB grades at A-level meant she could have gone to a number of traditional universities to study for a business degree, but chose Pearson because of its small group teaching, internships with companies and tutors who are still working in companies.