From reading both articles, (article 1 & article 2)I believe the education should be more flexible towards the student, and allow them to reach their full potential, rather than pulling them from it. As the age of technology cultivates, we find it taking jobs that were once occupied by young people. This is present in simple places such as McDonald’s; who are replacing its cashiers for self-serving “robots” (images can be found here). In truth, humans will never be as fast nor efficient as robots. Humans however, can develop core skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, presentation skills and even teamwork. The list of these core skills is endless and will be essential for the younger generations as it has been found by Bronwyn Lee that “employers are increasingly demanding these skills in early career jobs, and we believe they will be important for young people who are navigating a changing world of work”. If we directly compare ourselves to robots then we are indeed slower and perhaps even inefficient, however, humans have the ability to develop these core skills that no robot or other machinery holds. Skills such as communication, teamwork and even problem solving cannot be programmed. These skills are the things that are dividing humans from robots, and allowing us to reign superior. So, why are schools across Australia teaching its students to act like machines?
Today’s students are tomorrow’s future, and will most likely require these fundamental abilities. Students must enter an educational world so diverse and intriguing that it ignites their curiosity. This will allow pupils to develop a way of learning that best matches their individual character and skill. I believe that the education system should adapt to the students, rather than making the pupils adapt to it. Students should explore their way through education, rather than being encaged within it. I personally think that education should be a system in which allows the students to correctly reach their potential. They should learn the core abilities and be socially skilled. Current students constantly complain about the uneventfulness of school. This is clearly indicating the faults within the educational system. Shouldn’t the pupils be full of excitement and the eagerness to learn? Children are exuberant and full of curiosity, but are forced into seats and forced with facts and statistics. People such as George Monbiot believe that students are being taught to be redundant through the age of technology. Rather than being taught the skills that separates us from technology, children are being modelled after these machines.
Overall, I want the education system to allow the students to naturally improve, instead of being artificially built. I am hoping that the next 4 years at Melbourne High School will allow me to develop these core skills to the best of my ability, and make me reach the best of both my physical and mental potential.