Lost Lessons

1FaithmorganStarred Page By 1Faithmorgan, 15th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/175za8iz/
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I have been wondering lately about the situation the world is in right now and it has caused me a little dismay as I look at all of the changes that have been made for the worst in various sectors.

Foreward

Before I continue I would like to point out that I do not hold the teachers or the education system responsible for any of the following content I feel that it is our own (past & current governments responsibility) I am however, happy to have someone correct me if I am wrong because the picture I see is very bleak and disheartening.

Education

When I was younger I would go to school and learn various different topics in one day. I would find some things difficult and some things easier to take in. I loved English and hated maths and was your typical young student. I have nieces now and I get used to get excited about helping them with their homework until it dawned on me recently that they are teaching young primary school children in picture book style about things such as Egyptian history and there were a lot of multiple choice tick boxes form them with their maths homework.

Now I am certainly not against teaching young children about Egypt however this does not seem to go anywhere in High school education. When I was in high school I learned all about the Rosette Stone, The Battle of Hastings in 1066 and the French revolution. When I had learned it all I had to sit an exam which had no “tick boxes” I had to remember what I had been taught and write it down in an essay format at the age of 16 (15 for some of my friends who’s birthdays fell later than the exam dates).
My point as far as we have gotten is that if the younger generations want to learn properly about various topics they now need to find the cash to get to college or university where as previously we were taught in great detail about these things at high school. I also point out the very unreliable “tick box” learning method. Now, I am 40 years old and even if I have never learned a subject and new only a little about it if I am given the option to tick boxes and guess the answers I will get some of them right. Where is the consistency in this method? Where in this method do we ensure that the student has and will continue to remember these things?

The most important but perhaps understated point I have yet to mention is that we are failing the next generation drastically. We are now teaching them only what they need to know to get by in the world. Why would a student want to go and work two different jobs to go and study for another 4 to seven years when we have not given them anything to strive for?

Ambition?

AMBITION is what I am referring to here. Where are we guiding the next generation to? A production line, a desk in a call centre, an office assistant? Now there is nothing wrong with either of these roles, I, myself have worked in two of them but I was given ambition to strive forward at school I learned about things I wanted to know more about and I am capable of fighting through life to get there. At school I was given a passion to learn more and I grew up with ambition knowing there was another world out there. Now they are taught about that world in pictures while they are still young enough to forget it. Thus leaving High school for the standard classes.

The way our UK Educations system is working is Archaic. It’s working backwards and teaching children less and less. In time, if we continue in this manner we will regress and some things in history will be buried and long forgotten and the children of today, our adults of tomorrow WILL suffer for it.

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author avatar Spicy
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes. Morgan, I agree with you. If education system is not good any where means in the long entire society will suffer. It should be in the right path. Good post.

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author avatar Buzz
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Insightful and thought-provoking article, Faith. Yes, I agree with your viewpoints.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Jan 2012 (#)

I agree with Buzz, Faith.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you :) I really did think it was just me.

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author avatar Denise O
16th Jan 2012 (#)

I am with all of the above. I watched my kids have a different educational system than I did, when I was younger. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
16th Jan 2012 (#)

40, really?
You look marvelous!:)

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Denise and lol thank you heh heh

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Hello, Faith. You have written a very interesting page. Thank you.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Ivy :) Happy that I seem to have managed this one - wasn't sure about it as I normally don't write this way.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
16th Jan 2012 (#)

When I taught further education, I was dismayed at the sheer amount of unpaid preparation and pastoral care that was required of us teachers. I was exhausted by the time I retired out of it. It's wrong that so much commitment should be expected from teachers with already heavy workloads.
your article gives so many readers food for thought. Thanks.

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Your welcome Sheila. I have a great respect for what teachers put up with these days :) from pupils and from higher um politicians

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author avatar ittech
17th Jan 2012 (#)

An excellent write up thanks for the interesting

info...

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author avatar D in The Darling
17th Jan 2012 (#)

That's what I call writing with not just an open mind but an open eye too. You're so aware of what's happening.

Nice piece. Thanks not just for sharing but finding me worth a follow! I'm sending my love to to 1Faithmorgan. God bless!

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author avatar sumit13
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes i agree with you faith the education system is now degrading in a continuous process which can affect our future generations.

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Feb 2012 (#)

you've made ur point so vivid and axiomatic.... Truly a Star Page. Are you actually 40? Wow, I need to take a good look @ ur picture again...

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
9th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you and yes I am (amazing what hair dye can do :) and yes I have neices and nephews and I see what and how they learn and it's just not the same as it used to be.

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author avatar avery sandiego
19th Apr 2012 (#)

I am very late in reading this...but it is very nice...I have the same sentiment when it comes to education...I hate math too

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