Should Education be designed just for the job market?
It is the usual complain that at present the whole education system is design so that the students are prepared just for the job market. It does not prepare them for many other important things in life. There is a useful statement on education: "Education is what is left when you forget what was taught in the school." Therefore, education should prepare children for every aspect of life.
Education should be holistic. If the main means for being a student, worker, etc. are stressed, then learners will become well-rounded on their own for the most part. Just focusing on pushing any discipline or focus is disastrous. Things should be interdisciplinary all the way.
I don't think the common complaint is that students are being trained and educated for the job market. The main complaint is that they are not being prepared for much at all for the way the world is: 1) Practical skills have gone to the wayside (i.e., balancing a check book), 2) Students are prepared to take standardized test that mean nothing to survival or the world beyond getting into private school or higher education, 3) Character, ethical, and manners education have ebbed out of existence for current students, and so on.
I actually think most people would not mind if schools went back to a dual track system: those who are being prepared for a trade (vocation) and those trained for academia or professional careers.
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If education focuses its intent on providing skills, and current trends in thinking, over time the fullness will be lost. In order for people to become well-rounded, they need some exposure to a variety of thought processes, cultures, and areas of study. That is my two cents worth!
Whatever life teaches we cannot replace. i do feel the corporate world should play a larger role in education because after all they know what skills they best require! I'm not saying totally replace the education that exists but at least make it more practical that way.
I think primary and secondary schooling should be completed for creation of a well-rounded individual. Schooling is the basis of who we become as a person and it is important for children to be knowledgeable in all areas.
However, I think tertiary study or vocational education courses (http://www.inspireeducation.net.au/cour … ssessment/) should be undertaken with the job market in mind.
Huge unemployment gaps are created due to a mismatch in the skills called for by the job market and the skills individuals and job seekers actually have - it is for this reason alone I believe education should be designed for the job market.
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