Forms of Education
There are many ways of acquiring new skills and knowledge, however, some of these ways are represented with a level of stigma in our society. I’m sure everyone knows that learning goes far beyond the scope of the classroom. Let’s take a look at the three different education options.T
When people think of the idea of “education” this is the type that comes to mind. Normal schooling followed by tertiary education that enables an individual to acquire a degree. This type of education will lead to a person learning basic academic and trade skills. A defining characteristic of this style is the inclusion of a qualified teacher who is skilled in the art of instruction. It also follows strict rules and discipline.
The advantages of this style are mainly focused on disciplined planning as everything is laid out in detail with dates for completion of tasks. Another advantage is the use of skilled educators who can ensure that students are getting to the right levels in the correct amount of time. The main goal of this style of education is to enable people to find jobs easily in their future.
The disadvantages of this style are that it can prove to be very costly and can sometimes be seen as a waste due to some learners being unwilling to learn despite the efforts of the educator.
A simple way of explaining this is that it is based on the knowledge as skills gained from experience. A typical example of this would be learning your mother tongue as a child, but knowledge can still be gained from books and traditional methods. This type does not require the expertise of a teacher/instructor but can still benefit from one.
This type of learning does not adhere to any type of a fixed timetable as it occurs continuously throughout one’s life.
Non-formal education refers to planned and structured programs for personal and social education. A typical example of this would be the use of online courses to learn a specific set of skills or knowledge. Defining characteristics of this type of education are that it has an adjustable timetable and that it takes place outside of the traditional schooling system.
Speaking from personal experience, I believe the reason for more people not taking on additional courses is due to most people not seeing their true value and over emphasize the importance of a university degree. I have had the privilege to take part in both educational styles and I believe that people who have the skills and drive to follow their dreams through university are incredibly lucky, especially if they have the ability to do so.
For others however, such as myself, the future is ambiguous as many have no true vision of their future and often find ourselves stuck in a degree that has no real prospects for the working world. This is where I say that courses are a better form of education, we are able to choose precise skills and knowledge that we are lacking to improve ourselves and enhance the contributions that we can make to a business in the future.
Unfortunately, there is still a stigma in the world where people believe that courses do not have the same level of importance and so these skills can often fall through the cracks and go unnoticed.
I believe there is change in the air however, more and more people are beginning to value the skills obtained through courses and their time frames. That’s the beauty of this type of learning, it allows for the rapid acquisition of skills that can be vital to businesses.