Tuesday, April 11, 2006


I get their point with this, but I'm not sure how workable it would be. I mean, sure, skills are basically what one goes to school for, on the whole, as when one goes into employment generally you do not need the varius bits of knowledge you have, other than to do well at pub quizzes.

Unless, of course, you want to, you know, specialise in the damn subject.... In which case this knowledge will be pretty damn important. The beauty of the current system is you learn abou all these things while meanwhile being imparted key skills. My experience of attempts to directly give these skills have been rather depressing, because humans don't really learn that way. You can't have creativity lessons, but you can have lessons that stimulate your mind and ask you to do creative things during them. Obviously this report is wonderfully vague, but it seems like a very bad idea to me.


At 9:22 pm, Blogger Kirbie said...

Seems to me like schools are just places to train people to become useful cogs in society. Strip out the stuff that might not be relevant or essential to passing the exams.
Though I do have to agree that there should be fewer exams.
I think by dumbing down the teaching of specific subjects you risk losing pupils' interest in education. How the hell do you know what you actually want to pursue and what you're good at?

At 1:09 pm, Blogger Imperium child said...

Roulette wheel with jobs instead of numbers. That'd be interesting, just give in to random chance and then your stuck with that job for life. Like futurama.

Maybe not tho, it would probably cause everyone to hate their jobs... and really to be good at your job you have to enjoy it.

Anyway I feel this learning skills issue has really already been tested, just not to the degree they are suggesting. Back when I was but a lad there was "key skills" courses I think, I dont know if they still do them. Anyway they were in addition to A-levels and they just didnt work, no one took them seriously, especially universitys.


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