Students need direction. This means that they need to
be in the right place for learning to take place. Where is that right place?
Rationale: A student will not really begin to
make any real progress in their life until they make their OWN decision on
which way to go.
Students typically start off in general education
and as they progress though the system they (1) drift towards, or (2)
passively get pushed towards, or (3) actively focus on an objective. At some
point, a decision is made to move towards either sciences or arts. This
decision is often based on how well they do in a certain subject, a positive
experience with a certain teacher, or best of all, on figuring out what they
want to do and just getting on with it.
(1) DRIFTERS: They move ahead simply by avoiding
what they dislike. They have no idea what lies ahead and progress made is
based on avoidance. At worst, there is no objective and no direction.
(2) PASSIVES: They are pushed by a combination of
parents, teachers, peers, and trends. They need to discover 'decision' and
map out an objective.
(3) FOCUSED: These students stand out. Some will
have natural talent for something. Some will have good self-study skills.
Some will have a good sense of future direction and will be motivated to do
what is required to get there despite lacking abilities in certain areas.
A primary aim of modern education should be to
create focused students. These are the people that will make the most
contribution to society as adults. Knowledge remains important, but in
today's information society, the keen mind can find whatever it needs at the
click of a button and thus schools have lost their monopoly.