Three Ways in Which Students are Let Down by the Educational System

Recently, I caught myself reflecting on the educational system, and how well it serves the various groups of stakeholders. It then occurred to me that the educational system does let down the students in significant ways. I identified at least three ways in which the educational system often lets down the students.

Firstly, I came to realize that the educational system lets down the students when it fails to impart onto them practical skills that they can subsequently use to earn a living. This is a major let down because, frankly, most people go to school in the hope that the skills they acquire there will help them earn a decent living.

Secondly, it occurred to me that the education system lets down the students when it fails to impart onto them the values they need to function properly as well-adjusted members of the society.

Thirdly, it occurred to me that the educational system lets down the students when it fails to instill into them the love for learning (which they need, if they are to become lifelong learners). The education system fails in this regard when it insists on rote-learning, which subsequently leads to a situation where the students only learn in order to pass examinations. So you end up with a situation where the students don’t have any motivation to keep on learning (for the sake of it) later on in life when there are no examinations to be prepared for.

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