I totally agree with this article. Our education system is prioritising the wrong things.
It is no coincidence that as a whole, British people are rubbish at languages, don't understand politics, don't prioritise the environment and put each other in awful stereotypes subconsciously.
While our children are perfecting their hand writing and spelling, the world around them is changing and evolving. It's no wonder that the fastest rate of increase in depression is among young people. They have no understanding of themselves or the world around them.
I think that subjects such as phycology, sociology, politics, environmental sciences and languages should all be mandatory in school. I also think there should be more of a focus on creativity and idea generation over knowledge, as Tom Goodwin suggests in this Linkedin post.
The concept of Free Schools seemed so outrageous a few years go, but now they should definitely be seen as an opportunity to really educate our kids.
Businesses have complained about the poor skills of school-leavers, and we’ve assumed the way forward is to ensure that more people study for longer. I think that the changing world means that we need to prepare kids in a totally different way. A 5-year-old today will enter a working world in 2030 that is so incomprehensible that we need an existential re-imagination of the very foundation of education. Many thinking teaching kids to code is the solution, but won’t soon software be written by software? Our vision for the future needs to include more imagination. It’s staggering to me as to how much the world has changed, and how little education has. The digital age means a different world.