EDUCATION AND TRAINING

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

We all learn from a young age: We learn most readily in our first few years of life. Our early childhood,  especially the first 7 years and school years, are extremely important times and can have a major effect on who we become and how we manage our life, as we grow and develop.

I want to tighten up education training, increase the levels of the 3 R’s, include Arts skills as part of the basic school curriculum to encourage creativity and entrepreneurship and teach real life skills that students can take into the real world.

We don’t stop learning: Life experience can be as important, if not more so, than TAFE/college qualifications or university degrees. Learning can be accomplished by interaction with others or listening to teachers, but as we get older and our time becomes limited, we can also self-manage our life-long education.

“I want to tighten up education training, increase the levels of the 3 R’s, include Arts skills as part of the basic school curriculum…”

I believe that when we speak of education we should be considering our life-long learning needs and structuring training support so as to maximise opportunities for all to learn at any time in their lives.

Learning is far more important that receiving a piece of paper: Far too often we churn out people with qualifications but little learning.

The system must educate those willing to learn and not simply be a means by which they receive a certificate or avoid their obligations under Social Security, student visa, migration or other.

The price of education is also becoming far too expensive and although private providers are running a business, they should follow the example of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who offer substantial face-to-face time, blended learning and on-line options as a choice.

Being a teacher/trainer in all forms of education I know that you cannot beat a classroom situation for a full and sound education experience. Students interact with experienced trainers/teachers, other students and enjoy a culture of support and encouragement.

There is, of course, a place for on-line learning or a mix of face-to-face and on-line (blended), but this should not be the priority just to cut costs and churn out numbers.

If the training organisation’s priority is profit over education, go and start a business in a different industry! If a college is set up to educate, then education must be the priority, not profit.

“If the training organisation’s priority is profit over education, go and start a business in a different industry!”