Observer/Zinc headlines August 30
OUR education system, just like our health system, is a major part of any community's social infrastructure.
It is not just an investment in the here and now.
It is a measurable way of setting up our communities for the future.
We are educating our kids - these are the next generation of breadwinners, community leaders, tradies, and professionals - and preparing them for the future.
Consider how much has changed in the past 10, 20, 30 or even 50 years.
Consider how much has changed just in the past 12 to 18 months.
Yet still we are equipped with an educational system based on the same principles of decades ago - with only the most incremental amendments and shifts.
While somethings never go out of style - and in many respects, there is a lot to be said for going old school - there is also a comprehensive and very convincing body of evidence that shows we should be adapting our education system to meet the needs of those therein.
A one-size-fits-all, broad brush approach is no longer applicable.
It hasn't been for quite some time now.
There is not a business, institution or system in our society that hasn't had to go through the rigour of thorough change.
The needs of our communities are changing, and increasingly those charged with the responsibility of providing a service are seeing the need to get with the program.
In education there are some tremendous examples of innovators and those willing to take a new approach.
They are the ones doing great things for our kids and their respective futures.
But still, it is a small step opposed to the giant leap that's needed.
It's here the government needs to heed the advice of those who know best.