Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Are school systems preparing our children for the real world

Are school leavers ready for life after school? Are they academically proficient and work skilled on the same level? Home life and high school provide both security and predictability, but in the time immediately after, our young people are left to their own devices. Unfortunately they don't always have the right information, especially when they make critical decisions, sometimes in the heat of the moment. I'm not convinced that our approach to the transition between school and life thereafter is working, or that it ever has. This then leads to the question of who should be taking responsibility, is it the parents? The learners themselves? Teachers? Or our educational system as a whole.

The world is constantly changing, and grows in complexity with each new day. So it is vitally important that our children understand how it works from a very early stage. They should have access to all the information we can give them. Even though the sheer volume of information has made it difficult for anyone to offer clear perspective on life choices and the right places to source information. Are educators also restricted by the demands and confines of the curriculum? Education has numerous academic checks and balances, yet there is no measurement of how well we've prepared our learners for the real world.

Do you think the local school systems are preparing our children for the future?

1 comment:

  1. Our learners are not academically proficient. The Department of Education is lowering academic standards; what a shame that a Grade 12 learner needs 30% to pass a subject and yet at University you must get 50% this leads to a high drop out from Universities. If it were possible, the very same drop outs, could go back to their schools, share their experiences at Varsity and highlight the consequences of being complacent with getting 30%.

    It is really up to the learners to shape their future - where there is a will there is a way.