“Our Education System Doesn’t Test Our Intelligence It Tests Our Memory” – Unknown
Education being a fundamental need in development of a community, society or country is a diversified ever-changing topic. The world being categorized into developed, developing and underdeveloped stages, currently faces many challenges in pushing various ideas of education into future generations. From the era of attending school to home schooling and currently online education, the process has evolved into multiple dimensions with focus on the changing job industry and global needs.
Global approaches used in curriculum design & education systems in many countries are focused on outdoing each other and creating a better generation with many countries focus on adding significant pressure from an early age, while others provide comfort and practical education. In a recent study conducted several countries ranked in the top five for having the best education systems.
Canada, ranked 1st is the list, has a system where primary & secondary education is provided free. It is also mandatory for children aged five. While having some of the best universities in the world, United Kingdom ranked second in this list, which also has a mandatory schooling mechanism for students between ages 5 and 16. The third country on the list is Germany& the idea of kindergarten was also developed there. Students in Germany are groomed to progress in particular academic paths right after completing primary education; therefore they have career paths laid out for them at a very young age. Australia is ranked fourth with their own recognised set of universities. Their education system is pretty independent, with each region having an agency as a governing body that develops curriculums and standards. The fifth place goes to France, which is dependent on a national curriculum that also has mandatory education for ages between 6 -16. Philosophy is a favourite subject of the French with essayssubmitted each year before graduation.
With development of technology, online education has significantly risen and enhanced literacy levels globally. Providing avenues focused on flexible timelines and self-paced learning remotely to all. Various institutes globally have progressed in development of successful online education programs accredited and accepted in multiple countries.
Creative & Functional Education
Adaptation of technology into classrooms has enabled better learning in comparison to the past generations and is expected to evolve further. Utilization of virtual reality, robotics, and simulation are gaining ground in developed modern curriculums and schools and is expected to encompass a wider community in the future. The usage of simulations is currently adapted by various institutions and organisations to train staff &students to use theory in realistic, controlled environments.
Subjects & Curriculums
Transition from traditional subjects studied a decade ago to a time relevant advanced methodology is being observed. With usage of technology in classrooms, the need for mathematics & logic is being considered. With transitioning of traditional learning into more advanced methods, the future of education is expected to move towards a practical process with technology being used as a major part in its delivery mechanism.
Though study methods vary globally, we can see a cohesive shift taking place that will allow for more practical, authentic & flexible learning to create a generation that will add value to society.