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Our education system and why it has to change

Here’s a simple thought process. The UK’s statistical office estimates that babies born today have a 2/3 chance of living until they’re 100.

They’ll spend the first few years learning the basics, like sitting, standing, talking, learning language and manipulating objects with their hands. All the hard stuff. At around the age of 4 or 5, they’ll head off to school and stay there until they’re 21 if you include university, which is starting to look increasingly like school. At that point, they’re done with learning and they’ll head off to make a career or just make money. Or, depending on who you speak to, work like crazy to avert global climate catastrophe.

The first 20% of your life is spent learning things and then the next 80% of your life will be spent applying what you’ve learnt. Doesn’t this seem a little odd? Isn’t it highly likely that things change in the 60-80 years that follow?

I suppose the point is that we have an education system that was devised for a different age. It seems so blazingly obvious that things have to change, it seems strange that no one if talking about it more openly. It’s a nonsense to suggest that the current cohort of young people leaving school and university have learnt all they need to learn to cope with the world in 2050. For those that need reminding, that’s only 30 years away, or roughly half the time that those skills are supposed to sustain the current crop of school and university leavers. Isn’t it time to start deconstructing our education system, to rethink how things might be approached in a different way?

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