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How has Education Changed over the Past Decade?

When we hear that education is changing, some may think of it as how teachers approach learning, the content of what they teach and the levels of discipline involved, but education is changing in ways of technology and how it has rapidly been introduced into schools across the country.

Back when computers were just getting into the swing of things, you had to wait your turn before playing low-resolution learning games on the school’s singular PC. Now, students are relished with second-hand iPads that sync their homework tasks, which is producing a generation of square-eyed pupils.

Generation-iPad means that people are growing up having already learned how to use various kinds of software. This means that we no longer have to teach new employees the basics of Microsoft Office as the youngest generation in full-time employment grew up with the technologies at their fingertips. 

 Earlier in the millennium 2000, interactive whiteboards and IT suites were becoming a desired and growing investment for schools. A decade later, the art of handwriting is dying, along with more traditional library research skills, in replacement for tablet-based learning.

Children and even adolescents no longer know a world where there was an alternative to the internet when completing a school project; going to the local library and picking up an Encyclopaedia. The millennial generation are more aware of the commonly used mantra, ‘Google-it’. Does this then mean that generation Y are becoming lazier and have less initiative than ever before?

Education has also changed in terms of punishment. Maybe not quite so dramatically, but there are now schools that offer a no rules, no punishment policy to help more troubled children learn more coherently from their own mistakes.

The younger generation also have more diversity when it comes to their choice in subjects. Not too long ago, a language was compulsory to be studied at GCSE level. Now, most schools give you the option to drop languages all together, which could have devastating consequences for businesses and their international growth.

Exam success has also changed, and debatably, for the better.  There is an increased pressure to do well in exams, with one requiring at least a C in Maths, English and Science in order to be employed in a minimum wage job. Similarly, University admission requirements are becoming more competitive. With the more expensive University fees in place, those studying higher education are determined to get on the course they desire.

Ten short years have seen all sorts of changes in the educational system, from getting the best out of your pre-school education to getting a place at the top University, laptop-in-hand. The way we learn will, of course, continue to develop at a rapid rate just as technology does; as much as it benefits employers for the skillset future employees have already grasped, traditional and more reliable abilities, such as basic handwriting skills, may one day be just another fable for the history books. 

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