By that I mean imparting knowledge and skills.
Now, I am having to read a load of complete tosh as I have no idea what my management expect me to be doing in the classroom. I thought I was there to teach physics...
But no, it seems that I have to teach the kids how to learn the stuff themselves. Independent learning, group learning, discovery learning. What total nonsense. It's 'game show' lessons.
And a lot of this really is nonsense as any neurologist (above the age of 40) will tell you. The brain does not stop developing and rearranging the neuronal networks until approximately the age of 25 or 26. A lot of this latter development involves planning, consequence and prioritizing.
Even beyond actually learning stuff, biologically speaking we should not devolve to children their own learning plans and all that garbage. Would you really ask a nine-month old baby to think about how he gets to be an olympic high-jumper?
But that's the fad.
So we spend out time teaching 'learning skills' and the children use it indeed (see previous post), but what have we actually got out of the last 20 years?
We have researchers who don't really know how to research because most of researching is KNOWING what you're looking for and KNOWING whether what you are looking at is credible or not, bugger the knowing how to cut and paste it into a document. But, bless them, they've been through an education system that does not actually value knowledge - in fact, knowledge is an awful thing to acquire if you read some documents. These researchers produce poor research (much of the time) which feeds back into an education system already overrun with fads.
Oh and of course entrepreneurs. Yes, we've seen them: Paint the wheel a different colour and call it new, or take Hattie's size effect for innovation (any change will be positive initially) and SELL, SELL, SELL.
But what have we got? What will we get?
The government wants 50% to go to Higher Education. That means BY DEFINITION you only need an IQ of 100 to get a degree.
You reap what you sow.