Vera Educatio – Real Education!

Vera Educatio – Real Education!

One of the greatest and longest lasting indicators of a civilized nation is the standard achieved in its education system. In The UK, it would seem that year on year, higher marks are obtained by school students who then proceed to university to study for a chosen degree. On the face of it, the political promise of ‘Education, Education, Education’ has indeed been born out.
Behind the scenes though there is a gripping cancer in the UK education system. For a number of years, professional bodies and industry have been trying to compensate for ever dropping real standards of education of graduates. They find that basic levels of mathematics, language and communication skills to be too low to add real value to their organisation in an highly competitive world.
 This has now reached  such critical level that some employers prefer to educate on the job, rather than take graduates and graduates themselves, increasingly find that their degrees mean very little when it comes to finding a well paid job or even a job at all!
The truth is that higher education has become a major economic industry in its own right, where numbers mean more than standards. Many cities and towns in The UK survive financially, only because they have a university(s).
The problem begins to show at advanced level within schools, where to meet targets, teachers over estimate achievement standards allowing students access to better universities. When results come in lower than estimated, universities drop entry standards to maintain numbers and therefore funding.
Teaching at universities has become all about how to pass exams and not about how to challenge boundaries. Teaching is by rote, with as few as 6 teaching hours per week for students, for which they, the students, have to amass large personal debt.
New generations of potential undergraduates are beginning to realise the failing of their country’s system and either move to a foreign university or decide to self educate within a career.
It would seem that The UK’s higher education system is built on very shifting sands!
Using Insight, we can say that a critical mass of opinion will be reached within the very near future against the current system. The focus will become entirely about real education to deal with the challenges of a very uncertain future. Far fewer undergraduate places will be made available as entry levels genuinely rise. Second tier universities will be closed. Funding for genuinely world class universities will come from a combination of government, industry and student funding.
 Some towns and cities will have economic hardship if they do not adapt before these changes take place.

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