According to education experts, the current education system is esteem in preparing students for the job market, as well as their integration and survival into the society. This view is shared among the teachers, lecturers, and professors who contend that this education system is the best in achieving these objectives. However, are students echoing this same ideology? Do they believe that these education systems serve to make them better intellectually, socially, technologically, economically, or culturally? Can we say that the rate of participation of students is a good analysis of the importance and success of the education systems in impacting the pertinent students in the students? These are some of the questions being reviewed in the video, ‘A vision of students today’, and some of its answers will be highlighted and discussed in this analysis.
A vision of students today shows an online form of a questionnaire that students were asked to review and edit based on their views and experiences within the education systems. Based on the outcomes, approximately 200 students made different edits to the page, which were in the form of answers to specifically structured questions to assess the learning environment, students’ participation, and its viability within the education system. Based on a statistical approach, the results were grouped using different independent and dependent variables with numbers, percentages, and short answers being used to give the results of the study.
One key aspect of the study was that class attendances were minimal, and were pegged at 115 out of a possible 200. Further, even when students did attend classes, the concentration spans for the students was minimal with most students attending the classes confessing that they are mostly checking out online content such as social media websites such as Facebook. In retrospect, this notion is alarming since it shows the poor use of lecturers according to students. If the lectures are so useless to them, why not forego attending them completely? This is the ideology being brought about by Harvard University that has embraced the use of the massive open online courses (MOOCs). According to this technique, the lecturers make short videos prior to the commencement of the lecturer, which students can download and view before or after the lecture period. According to this methodology, the student’s concentration span is increased tenfold since they attend the lecture when time and need most suit them. Therefore, is technology the answer?
The answer is no. this is because while the use of MOOCs is beneficial, it erodes the crucial skills being taught by the close student-lecturer interaction, where crucial skills can be learnt and acquired. This is the analogy according to experts. However, how does this analogy fair with the students? According to the ‘A vision of students today’ study, students surveyed indicated that only approximately 18% of the lecturers knew their names. This shows very poor interaction between the students and their lecturers and one wonders if the interaction is of any use to the students since in spite of this, the students still graduate and become jobholders. Further, the poor class attendance, poor concentration spans, and poor student-lecturer interaction is alarming and shows how problematic the education system has become in achieving its objective of impacting knowledge using traditional methodologies.
Another contentious issue that arises is the viability of the reading materials being offered by the school, and the students’ commitment to viewing them and purchasing. According to the ‘A vision of students today, study’, students contend that they only read approximately 49% of the assigned readings, and that only 26% of these readings are beneficial to their lives and careers. Further, the students spend hundreds of dollars purchasing books that they never open or read. The study also showed that students are not keen to read the books, as compared to other reading things that interest their lives. For instance, they contend that they read approximately 8 books yearly, and view 2300 web pages and 1281 Facebook profiles. These same students will write over 42 pages of class material in a semester, but over 500 pages of emails within the same semester.
Based on all these data, is the education system sufficient in providing quality learning for our students? The clear answer is no and instead better measures need to be employed and integrated into the current system to improve on their content, quality, and disbursement. The system being used today is closely similar to that in use two centuries ago, which is wrong considering the numerous changes that have occurred to society, especially due to globalization. Adaption of measures such as MOOCs can be beneficial since they are driving the education system towards a digital world. However, bringing online strategies to the classroom environment is proving unworthy since it simply diverts student’s attention to other things like social media websites, online gaming, among others. The ‘A vision of students today’ study has only highlighted the plight of students, and it is the prerogative of the institutions and lecturers to view these statistics and make policies, systems, and structures that would improve the current education standards.