Here at Learning Performance’s headquarters we are slightly obsessed with the endless thought – provoking goodies on Brain Pickings. For those who don’t know or have yet to discover Brain Pickings, it is a wonderful site full of curiosities; a treasure trove of interesting articles on art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, and more!
Don’t worry, I’m not being paid to plug them. I simply love it.
I stumbled across Ainissa Ramirez‘s Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, which advocates the value of science education. I hated science at school, so lacking any personal interest I was ready to move onto the next page when this quote stopped me.
“The 21st century requires a new kind of learner — not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully.”
Amen to that. We expect so much more from students now. A recent survey from Association of Graduate Recruiters on skills shortages in graduates revealed 67% of employers believed students lacked commercial awareness, 64% said students had poor communication skills, and 32% considered pupils lacked problem solving skills.
This survey is quite damning of our education system & curriculum. It suggests the focus is on results, perhaps even general knowledge, rather than creating rounded individuals who are business savvy, can communicate effectively, and are analytical.
What do you think? Do you think education should focus more on creativity, critical thinking, and hands – on learning? Please feel free to leave comments below or tweet us @LPerformance using the hashtag #21stcenturylearner