Level of Education what are your views on the level of education?

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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.

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If you are referring to how much education you need to be successful, that is a difficult question to answer now. On the one hand, there are so many people will basic 4 year college degrees that the degree has become somewhat devalued. Most careers require a higher degree. However, at the same time there are some fields where there are so many people with higher degrees thar they often cannot find a job. This is why in California we have people with MBA degrees working at fast food chains. Your best bet is to find your preferred field and specific job, and then talk to people in the industry to see what level of education is really needed.
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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.

 

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If you are referring to how well schools are doing in educating students these days, I'd say that we are beginning to struggle with how to approach education in terms of all the new electronic media that students have become so familiar with. Students are used to using cell phones and computers for everything, and the old paper and pencil based methods of educating aren't reaching them as well. This is really a new problem for society. Books were the basis of education for hundreds of years. It's going to take some time to figure this out.
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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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