With youth unemployment at an all-time high worldwide, it is seriously time to question all education systems and practices. Unfortunately too many education systems are based on what Sir Ken calls a “production line” mentality. Where we enter a system that should produce educated, enlightened and employable young people. We can see that these production line systems are failing to achieve this: a significant increase in early school leavers, low-skilled and under-educated young people, and high youth unemployment.
Why is this production line education system failing?
I completely agree with Sir Ken, education systems are built for a particular purpose and for period of history when society was a lot less complicated and homogenous.There are thousands of new job positions today that did not exist three years ago and Millions more compared to 50-60 years ago, our schools, curriculum and standardised teaching methods evidently cannot not keep up.
We are in desperate need of an education system that both educates individuals holistically for life and in preparation for the labour market.We need radical but effective education reforms that challenges pre-conceptions of education.