I've spoken at length about the importance of contextualised learning. As parents, we have a clear role to play in helping our children put theory into practice. It shouldn't fall solely on the shoulders of teachers. However, it still makes me question whether schools are doing enough on their side to prepare children for their futures.
Since graduating, I have followed my parents in working exclusively within state education, although unlike them I don't do the really difficult and important job of teaching. Every day I believe more and more (and from a high start-point) in the tremendous value of what the college I work at does, and of the wider system.
The afternoon sun is beating down on the mountain town of Copan Ruinas in central Honduras. We are a short drive away from San Pedro Sula, a city with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. Gang warfare has divided the city for years, but the violence has steadily increased since the 2009 military coup when the Honduran Army overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.
The UK produces fantastic yearly GCSE results and I don't believe, the Pisa study reflects our students' ability. It's the system that needs to change (and connect with ordinary enterprise communities, who could give a diverse view), and exactly how, we could improve and prepare our next generation of 15-year-olds educational achievements.
The two traditional reasons for the destruction of the academic job market are attributed to the marketisation of education and to the government cuts in the Humanities and in the Social Sciences. Although these are the causes of the crisis, the structural damage is done by the reaction of the departments to the new status quo.
In October, the former Conservative Education Secretary Lord Baker put forward plans to build 'career colleges'. These will be started by FE Colleges that will granted the right to recruit at 14 from last September and will, aside from what is, unfortunately, called 'core academic work', prepare youngsters for a variety of identified careers from hospitality to health care.
It is important to understand that productive tech integration should be transpired in a way that can boost the teaching and learning process of teachers and students, respectively. However, to realize the objectives teachers have to identify the constructive ways through which technology can be employed effectively in the classrooms.
From this year, there is an expectation that young people will continue in education or training up to the age of 17. This goes up to 18 in 2015. There is so much mis-information about the rise of the education participation age, some of it unfortunately making its way in to some of the media coverage, that I feel I need to do something about.
In a nutshell - I failed to get a 2:1 so I became the most pointless person ever to walk the planet - this includes a certain level of contempt from my then group of friends and a certain level of disappointment from my parents, leading to the tentative job offers I'd had disappearing into the ether.
The problem with Gove's kind of thinking is that it is narrow-minded and places students into a system that is far too restrictive and compartmentalised. The assumption that examinations are always the fairest and most representative way of assessing a student's abilities at any one topic is laughable.
Maybe I'm just ticked off or worried that when my college president hands me a degree next June, I won't be able to appreciate it with my college debt staring me menacingly in the face. The labor market and American mentality will still be cutthroat, limited and crowded with other students fresh from their expensive four-year colleges.