Education does not necessarily mean qualifications, and yet the two have become interchangeable. Education can be aquired by observation and practising a skill; a piece of paper is no match for demonstating that skill, though it is a shorthand way of recognising that a skill should be present. I get frustrated as a teacher when new appointments are made in school without the applicants being required to practically demonstrate that they can operate in a classroom. In some areas, being 'qualified' does not make you 'able' - just as being 'educated' does not mean you are intelligent.
Post #3 makes a compelling point regarding the advanced subjects now routinely taught in high schools in America. And post #4 makes a nice point about how the context of education is changing along with cultural shifts.
There is some disconnect between these two points and that, to me, is a good description of the education situation today. There is a confusion about how to measure success, which leads to obvious difficulties in creating opportunities to succeed.
With more and more people gaining college degrees today, the purpose of high school education (its goals, its necessity even) has been somewhat confused. Despite a growing insistence on "standards" and uniformity in classrooms at all grade levels, the idea of the Big Picture is not widely shared or widely understood, in my opinion.
This confusion can lead to a perception of decline in quality, but it seems to me that the decline comes down to a shaky sense of context for lower education, its purpose and its role in society.
This will vary from country to country, but I would argue that education in the United States is as good as it ever was. Just as one example, when I was in high school in the early 1980s, very few students at my high school were taking calculus while in HS. Now many students do. It may seem like educational levels have fallen, but I think it's mainly because we tend to look at the "good old days" through rose-colored glasses.
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the level of education is definatley going down! if you compare the level of education in the past with the level of education now adays, the level of education in the past is of higher standards and better quality than today. the education of the past has highlighted many important aspects such as;respect, discipline and daily ettiquettes.
unfortunatley education today places high importance on other such issues and seem to forget the daily ettiquettes and respect!
that is why many youth of today excell in many sercular subjects and graduate with exellent results but dont posses the main key and that is ettiquettes and respect. they take adults to be friends, when in the past adults held a great amount of respect which is lost in todays times...