Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
I'm not saying people should be going to Uni, just that if they can't even do the basics which are pretty much required for everyday tasks, then some "back to basics" needs to be reintroduced; I'm pretty sure most of us in the older generation would have had no issues with area calculations but these days they end up with "answers" that are so far off the mark, it's downright worrying. That was my point, the Uni thing was just a story I'd heard from a Uni course leader that highlights the problem of people not even being able to apply the most simplistic mathematics to an everyday problem.
It's the result of increasing specialisation Babs. On-the-spot training and job experience take the place of 'the basics', the idea being that if enough experience on the actual task happens we don't need to build the surrounding skills.
Look I'm not saying that's right, but there are real factors like money and time which do play into consideration here. You roll the clock back a couple hundred years and not everyone even got to go to school in the UK, As a country the economy has been doing well since then, now things are starting to tighten up. Some would say moving in this direction is inevitable.
So how do we resolve that, in the current over taxed education system which demands results for all? No matter what the ability and eventual outcome? With ever decreasing time, and ever increasing education outcomes? On top of that, an education system which is now asked to take on the social responsibility which was once upon time called decent parenting?
You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't in my opinion.