Education should reflect the needs of Canada’s economy. We are no longer a manufacturing economy so we should no longer have this assembly line education system. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12, BOOM. Go forth and contribute to the economy… wait, there’s no jobs for high school grads anymore… not good ones anyway. Subsidizing post-secondary is a band-aid. I think revolutionary-level overhauls are required.
I want to eliminate K-12 and university altogether.
Imagine a world in which a child goes to school at 5 and emerges at 25 with a doctorate in whatever field they were found to excel most at.
Imagine the same teacher, over 20 years, completely dedicated to your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Imagine a teacher with access to unlimited lessons on unlimited subjects and with the capacity to teach it visually, orally, or written-word–depending on what’s best for your child.
Imagine a system in which there is no such thing as failure because the teacher never lets a single wrong answer go un-corrected or re-tested. Something your child gets wrong today becomes a lesson for tomorrow.
Impossible! Right? No teacher is that good.
No human teacher is that good.
It’s time for the information age to reflect itself in our education system. Each child having an evolving digital education profile. A profile that follows them throughout their entire education.
I’m not trying to get rid of teachers. Not by any stretch of the imagination. This new system would augment a teacher’s abilities and power. A teacher would still be required to step in when the computer system inevitably cannot teach a child a lesson. But this would vastly increase the amount of students a single teacher could educate, eliminate arduous and redundant tasks like marking, and allow for tweaking curriculums individually for every student in Canada. I suspect that this computerized education system would work exceptionally well for STEM subjects; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Obviously hands on trades would not be feasible. Carpenters still need wood and tools, mechanics need engines. Music, drama, writing, and art would need continual practice with the tools of the trade. Computers simply aren’t there yet.
There’d still be recess, and play time, and lunch time. No one expects the child to sit at the computer for 8 hours a day. I don’t have it all figured out. All I see are possibilities.
It’s just an idea. The investment required for the hardware, software and infrastructure would be enormous. Someone has to design the database, AI, and millions of lessons. It’s not a small idea. It’s a monstrous idea but I think it’s a good one.