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Letter of the Day | Failing education sector

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The current education system has been failing our students and requires reform. It was developed over 50 years ago to solve a problem then, which, at the time, left out one of the most crucial components of being well-rounded and possessing skills that are necessary to succeed outside of school.

The theory is terribly wrong. What we call ‘test-based accountability’ has so many negative consequences that it undermines education, destroys teacher morale, and turns schooling into little more than the preparation for testing. Yes, English, maths and science are important, because they teach us about the natural and social structures of our world, but students would also benefit from knowing practical life skills.

Supporters of our current education system may argue that we will learn these things over the years as we are inevitably faced with them. However, this mentality can set a lot of students back once they become adults and lead to a lot of confusion and difficulty as young adults try to succeed in the real world.

Regardless, who would not want a head start? If schools started teaching high schoolers or even middle schoolers how to budget correctly and save money, they would enter the workforce differently.

Students may even feel less stressed going into college, because they would be more educated on how to form different streams of income. Hence, they would not feel like their careers alone are the ‘just-over-broke’ of economic stability and success.

CONCEPTS THAT WILL BE FORGOTTEN

Instead, much of our current education system is comprised of concepts that most of us will forget in future years. Not to mention that much of what we learn in many of our classes is only remembered for an end-of-year exam.

If we were taught interview preparation, résumé development, and how to build professional connections while in school, we would possess the actual skills that make us better prepared in real life situations.

It is also important to realise that our lack of knowledge can set the economy back. The less we know about the real world, the less prepared we are to operate in it. As a result, we make bad economic decisions, or are simply not educated enough to make investments, expand businesses, and even just manage our bank accounts.

Among the abundance of negative opinions that exist in regard to our current education system, there is a confused and desperate population of students across the country who feel that their syllabuses are not preparing them for life after high school.

If it is a school’s duty to set their students up for success, perhaps more emphasis should be placed on real-world application, instead of Christopher Columbus and hypothetical algebraic problems.