What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? A police officer, a chef, a musician, a scientist? Or was it a ‘regurgitator’? A machine that takes information, retains it until it is redundant, and hurls it back out when prompted?
Bizarre as this concept may seem, this is what our school system is doing today creating people that can regurgitate. 65% of tomorrow’s workers will be in jobs that do not exist today, so why are we teaching them to simply recall information that is very likely to be redundant at that time, without them gaining any inherent value.
The current curriculum favours those who can simply retain information. Amanda Spielman, the Ofsted Chief Inspector, has claimed that too many schools in England are guilty of avoiding a curriculum of study with teaching to the test. So what about those not those who are free thinkers, manually talented, those who are witty and quick, and much, much more.
According to CBI/Pearson research, the majority of primary school children will be ‘turned off’ to key subjects like maths and science by the age of 10 and crucially this is leading to a skills gap. This is why change is needed, children need a place to be intuitive, to learn, to discover, to ask questions about the world they live in. Wonder rules.
This is the reason we created the Wonder Why Society, so young learners can do exactly this. They can create, debate and innovate, all whilst learning about ever evolving industries, straight from professionals, to set them up for a job that may not exist now.
Visit www.thewonderwhysociety.co.uk/sign-me-up/ free to state schools.