Some people say that in all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills. do you agree or disagree?
I agree with people who say that too much time is spent on learning facts and not enough on learning practical skills, in all levels of education. since I was a child, I have been studying in different sorts of an institution and I could realize mainly when I started to work that most of the time we spend more time in what or why do something than how to do it.
For sure I believe it is important to know the theory through what things work. this knowledge encourages the reflection, the research and so on. that’s why the education standard is: on one side there is a teacher explaining the subject and on another side, there are the students trying to learn everything.
Usually, there are a few practical classes, when we can really develop our skills, for example, laboratory classes and computer classes. even in my university course, industrial engineering, there are few practical tasks. that’s why I think the structure of education could be more balanced in terms of theory and practical skills. in this way, people would be more capable to cope with personal and professional problems.
I believe that some institutions have already realized the importance of this balanced education. some pieces of evidence to prove it, the increasing number of study cases and tasks which involve real problems like solving a market problem in a real company. other evidence is the increasing number of MBA’s offered around the world.
To conclude, therefore I agree that we need to promote more practical skills, but, as I see it, this change has been occurring.
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