Teaching students specific technical skills

In my last blog I went on a minor diatribe about what I perceive to be a lack of technical, and specific, skills development across school curricula. We briefly explored the UK’s recent announcement of T Levels, which will stream the technically minded-student into an “A-Level Standard” of technical enrollment.

Streaming in schools is a contentious subject, and there are studies to show that streaming prior to upper secondary school can have a negative effect on both social and academic outcomes, particularly for underprivileged students. Streaming should really only be considered in a high school setting.

One of the reasons education systems consider academic/technical streaming is because of the concept of “future proofed work”. This essentially means preparing students for a changed world of work, one where computers/ robots/ AI are increasingly able to perform human functions: the top functions likely to be taken over by data crunching learning machines are in the legal and accounting professions, as well as rote and repetitive manual tasks.

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