Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. . . " - Noam Chomsky
Education standards in New Zealand continue to be a large focus as the results from international assessments are released, showing that New Zealand has dropped substantially in all core subjects; where New Zealand used to lead the world in literacy they have now slipped to lag 13th from 7th, in maths 13th to 22nd and science 7th to 16th.These results lead many in the profession and the parents of today’s children posing the question; what is the purpose of education for the average New Zealand teenager and what is the cause of the fall in rankings. To rethink what is the best way to change the curriculum for the better, the first step is to figure out what the point is to education; to socialise, to conform, to hold knowledge or create contributing economic members in society or something more?
As cited in discussions with those who have not gone on to university or finished high school, they believe that their lives might have possibly been better if they had. To teenagers, it’s constantly drilled that they should be grateful for the opportunities they have and that they should appreciate that some of the generations before never had the opportunity to get an education and have a successful life.
As times change and the developed world attempts to give an education to the new generation, we begin to rely more on technology and the ability to type into google.
In the case of technology becoming more prominent in todays use, the need to find facts and figures in books is no longer of much importance, instead being able to google is the necessary skill. The flaw being though is that everybody who has access to the internet now has the same knowledge but has the inability of how to use it effectively. Yes, copying and pasting and repeating the facts from a wikipedia page...