I have just spent a wonderful week with an old colleague – we worked together for many years in an office based environment. We had both been at school under the old teacher led system and felt fairly well educated on most of the necessary subjects of our day. My mental arithmetic had not been great at school – I didn’t like one of the teachers when much younger – this sadly put me off the subject for the rest of my school days. If only I’d had access to the fantastic array of e-learning and online revision courses that are out there now. It would have boosted my confidence and taught me the logical way to look at all maths. I did like dealing with logarithms and was able to use the tables easily – but oh how I would have benefitted from e-training and online education courses that today’s student can revel in!
Remember Remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot . . . . we used to chant this regularly every autumn when the history lessons at our educational establishment had reached the part about the blowing up of the english parliament and the plot to change the workings of it. There are many different types of learning now adays – we can log on to all sorts of e-learning sites, that supply absolutely custom designed courses for very specific career choices or job focused training. There cannot be a single subject in the universe not covered by some means of online education or e-training of sorts. Knowing what to look for is of course another matter. You need to break down the areas of learning to know exactly what is required for your purposes. Topping up curent standard of subject learning is ideally suited to e-training and students can make tremendous progress that way.
I can remember a great deal about my school days. Some of these memories are brilliantly funny and keep me inspired. Others are very dark, sad and make my skin crawl with either retained embarrassment, or just fright that I was able to be coerced or manipulated by bullies in my class. There were not the e-education or online learning schemes of today – no means to make up for lost time by singing on to a brilliantly job or subject focused top up educationalk course. This would have made such a difference to someone who wanted to run away and miss maths lessons because of one difficult phase. Sometimes it is difficult to get past the problem of bullying children. In a large school atmosphere, there are of course many types of personality. I have always found e-learning to be very much my style throughout my working years. Worth every moment logged on!
There has been much about education in the press lately. Mostly at the upper end of the equation, if you’ll excuse the pun. The head teachers and management of academies are paying themselves fantastic salaries – treating their jobs the same as any other lucrative money making business. A far cry from the days when I was at school and the head teacher was stern, well learned and a stickler for discipline and good manners. In return our one was fair and a good guide to us all on how to do a job well if you took your educational opportunities seriously and tried your very best. The world was our oyster and we could expect to achieve much, but only if we buckled down and learned everything our tutors wanted to drum into us. this included doing homework and taking responsibility for ourselves and looking out for chums. You get out more when you put in more.