Hands on learning should be mandated in every school
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For example, in psychology classes, students are taught positive reinforcement, a method to increase the rate of behavior by rewarding an individual every time they engage in that behavior. While many students do understand the concept, it seems that the majority of the students are incapable in applying such technique to improve their lives and relationship with other people.
Another example is business classes. While business students do know the theories of advertising and do really good in case studies, many of them are incapable of actually advertising products when they are told to.
As students spend most of their time listening to theories without any experiential learning in schools, it has caused the lack of skilled workers in the workplace:
the Business Intelligence Congress recently revealed that universities are not producing qualified graduates skilled in business intelligence. According to the 2012 IBM Technology Trends report, only one in 10 organizations has the skills needed to benefit from advanced technology such as social software, and nearly half of the educators and students surveyed indicated there are major gaps in their institutions' ability to meet current and future IT skill needs in such areas as social technology and practices. A third industry report indicates that, over the next seven years, the need for highly skilled business intelligence workers in the U.S. alone will dramatically exceed the available workforce--by as much as 60%.
Schools are said to be the institution that will broaden our knowledge and prepare us to face upcoming problems in the future. While it is doing a pretty good job in broadening knowledge, it is not preparing us well for the future. Hands-on learning will not only prepare students to cope with the future, as it allows them to apply the knowledge they have, but also to broaden their knowledge even further. David L. Haury and Peter Rillero asserts that the following are some benefits of hands-on learning in terms of education:
1. increased learning
2. increased motivation to learn
3. increased enjoyment of learning
4. increased skill proficiency, including communication skills
5. increased independent thinking and decision making based on direct evidence and experiences
6. increased perception and creativity
Under these reasons, I believe hands-on learning should be mandated in every school.
I don't think that hands on learning should be in every school, but at least make it required for middle school (7-8) and up.
I believe you should explain why you are taking that stand.
Well, I think there should be classes available in higher grades (7-12) and that a student would chose according to their plans for a job/career OR if they want the hands on learning. Whats the point of learning things if your never going to need them?In fact, I think SCHOOL all together should be based on what you are going to be when you grow up. This is something you'd decide after 6th grade.But what's the point of Learning science when you're going to be a cashier at a restaurant? It isn't needed.
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