Yearsago, John Dewey, one of the most renowned practical educationpromoter, stated that education should not be viewed as just apreparation for life but as life itself (Littkyand Grabelle 1). Perhaps, the biggest mistakes that educationalinstitutions are making today is creating an implication that thereis a way that students should behave while in learning facilitiesbased on some internal rules that may differ from the externalenvironment. A reflection of Dewey’s statement implies thatlearning is a lifelong process that does not start or end inschooling establishments. It begins once a person is born andcontinues throughout one’s life time. Understanding of this fact bythe county government and all stakeholders is crucial in aidingdecision making and setting priority to what will constitute an idealeducation. With these in mind, this essay focuses on identifying coreeducational goals, barriers to realizing them, and recommendations toavert failure in education system.
Whilethe primary educational goal remains to provide fundamental livingskills such as communicating, reading, and writing among other day today expression abilities, Littky and Gabrielle asserts that schoolsshould encourage students to become more creative by discouragingconformity and help them learn to cooperate rather than compete. Theworld today is becoming more competitive as more and more technologyemerges in all life’s dimensions. In my opinion, this could largelybe attributed to the competition that students are exposed to ineducational institutions with little emphasis on cooperating. Onceout of school environment, they perpetuate competition in real life,which despite having numerous advantages may be associated to anumber of negative results. People with common interest should beencouraged to combine their efforts and create synergy that wouldlead to more productivity than compete mindlessly, leading tocropping of unethical practices prompted by the need to stay ahead ofyour competitors.
Insteadof being judged by one single test performance, students all over theworld should be judged on the basis of the quality of their life.Littky and Gabrielle recommend that schools should do the followingin training students for a successful life: encourage them to becomelifelong learners, prepare them to readily take risks, motivate themto be passionate about whatever course or careers they decide topursue and ensure that they learn problem solving skills, andcritical thinking skills. Additionally, students who have aneducation should have the ability to look at things differently,demonstrate creativity, have the capacity to work as an individualand in their community, demonstrate high levels of moral courage,show integrity to self and respect and be capable of perseveringwhere need be. Education should help learners speak and communicateefficiently, and utilize well all the resources provided by the worldthey live in. Of special significance is that such individuals shouldbe able to enjoy life as they offer benefits to the community theylive in (Littky and Gabrielle 4). The authors conclude that as far asthey are concerned, real education can only be achieved by practicalapplication of these skills in real life.
Furtheringones education beyond fundamental skills of reading and writing makesa person more efficient and capable of handling more advanced tasks.This makes the individual more helpful to his community(Rodgerwhiteacademy 2). The organization further states that thesociety today measures the worth of a human being by the academicdegrees they possess, college recognition, and perceived knowledgeacquired in educational institutions. Ironically, the level ofcontribution to the society is in many instances not directlyproportional to these qualifications. Consequently, one may concludethat the curriculum our institutions are currently teaching has majordisconnect with the real life requirements. The government needs toinvest more in a system that will result in graduates who woulddemonstrate more productivity than their counterpart without advancedacademic excellence. Otherwise, it would be irrelevant to pursueeducation only to end up less productive.
Challengesresulting from reduced productivity of graduates may be accounted forby the instructional methods in the colleges. Negel (8) observes thatin a report released in 2012 by Horizon Panel, it emerged thatresearch is rated more highly than teaching in academia. For example,in global positioning of education market place, the status of auniversity is substantially determined by the number and quality ofsuccessful research conducted by students. The world’s perceptionhas been altered to believe that personal efforts are more importantthan skills and talents of instructors (Negel 9). Consequently,efforts to implement more efficient pedagogies are not receivingsufficient attention. Teaching-only contracts are underpaid inuniversities and underrated making both professors and studentsexperience sizable challenges. Overemphasizing research has led todiminished mobility in education as more people rely on part timefacilities and distant programs rather than class contact.
Inaddition to pedagogies, incorporating technology use for bothlearners and instructors is becoming a major development ineducation. The best way to close the gap between the market demandfor skills and what is taught in educational institutions istechnological solutions (World Economic forum 8). Use of computers,tablets, and other devices that avail different learning materialsand experiences creates motivation in learning and enhances delivery.Investment in this area is inevitable in the 21stcentury.
Inthe United States, the number of female students joining college isfar less to male students (Scomegna 1). For optimum economic andsocial development, all genders are equally important in a nation.Furthermore, disparity in financial position indicates that childrenfrom low income background are less likely to enroll for a collegedegree as compared to those from more financially capable counterpart(4). The government need to intervene by subsidizing education costsbased on family financial position background. 60% of the modern jobmarket with high pay requires candidates with more than a high schooldiploma. Failing to put into consideration the plight of low incomeearning families is equivalent to destining them to low jobs and lessproductivity, which is unhealthy for the entire nation.
Basedon the problems identified in this essay, it is clear that most ofthe situations can be solved if special attention is drawn by therelevant stakeholders. To begin with, Negel (9) opines that the issueof instructional pedagogy is classified as a solvable problem inHorizon Panel report. As much as research is fundamental to progress,the local government must support development of new instructionalmethods in universities and colleges. All institutions of higherlearning must participate by ensuring that instructors implement thenew methods. The new pedagogies need to ensure that core skills ofideal education mentioned in this work are attainable.
Additionally,it has emerged that the morale of professors is diminished by lowincomes that they receive as teaching-only instructors. Thegovernment needs to ensure that professors are adequatelyremunerated. Their revenues may even be pegged to their performancewhich is measured by the level of students’ skills development. Inregard to professors directly employed by institutions they work in,policy on the minimum wages may be effective in ensuring that theyare not exploited. Better remuneration will motivate them to step uptheir efforts in implementing the newly developed instructionmethods.
Thelocal government should set aside funds to equip public institutionswith modern forms of education applied technology equipment. The 21stcentury requires that graduates released to the market possess highskills in technology. The only way this can be achieved is byensuring that both learners and instructors have access to requiredfacilities.
Finally,to ensure that the local government economic and social developmentis inclusive, a program to lower educational costs to the vulnerableshould be established. Soon after high school, many individuals fromlow income families are forced to venture into the job market to earna living (Scomegna 4). Most of this high school graduates are unableto raise sufficient income to enroll for college and universities.The government should set aside funds to sponsor either fully orpartially such students depending on their specific needs.
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