So How Should Education Change?
When it comes to education in this day and age, many of the subjects and topics being taught to support children growing up in this technologically advanced world are outdated and essentially useless.
Our current education system was drawn up in the culture of enlightenment, when it was decided that schooling should be compulsory, funded by tax money and designed to teach children what was currently considered important – to become educated and secure a well paying job. The system has not been updated since, its foundation is still the same but only the subjects have been tweaked over time.
As technology advances and shifts it’s important that we reconsider our education system and how it will affect our children’s future. Will Generation Z (children born between the years 1995-2009) be able to adapt and cope with the new technology and therefore jobs, that are required to support it in years to come?
Children within the Generation Z bracket currently hold no belief that school will benefit them in any way. They regularly witness people spending thousands of pounds on a University degree, only to leave and secure a low paying job, that often has nothing to do with what they studied.
In order to prepare children for jobs that don’t exist yet we need to make changes to schooling. Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned education and creativity expert, detailed in a RSA lecture how the current system is failing children and talks about the ‘rise of ADHD’ (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Robinson talks about how children are distracted by technology now and with smartphones, tablets and the Internet easily accessible “our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the Earth.
“They are being besieged with information and calls for attention from every platform, from computers, from iPhones, from advertising hoardings from hundreds of television channels and we’re penalising them now for getting distracted."
Robinson goes on to comment that the growth of ADHD cases in schools has also risen since the introduction of standardized testing, which can’t be mere coincidence. We need to excite children about what is to come in the future, the technology we are now enjoying and that is readily available to use – not medicate them when they cannot focus on irrelevant subjects that are being pressed upon them in the classroom.