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Hands on learning should be mandated in every school

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Started: 5/12/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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As a student, I believe that the current education system is not very effective. As of now, the education system seems to focus mostly on getting students to know the theories, not to get help them understand and apply it in real life situations. This has resulted to several problems such as unskilled college graduates and individuals who are not fond of learning which prevents optimal growth both to the individual and to the economy.

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.


First off, ........WHAT? I'm probably going to lose against you. You seem to take this very seriously.Anyways....

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.
Debate Round No. 1


I believe you should explain why you are taking that stand.


Which one? Me losing or schools hands on learning?LOL
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.
Debate Round No. 2


Jovison forfeited this round.


I do think it should be mandated in school, but only elementary school. Then, like I've stated, a student could chose what classes they want more of,according to their job/career, then get hands on learning in those classes. A student would still get other classes, but without hands on learning. Or even the other way around.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Jovison 7 years ago
I assume by "during their degree" you mean master's degree. If it is the case, true. But I am talking about earlier education, from elementary to high school. M(_not higher education.
Posted by DeletedUser 7 years ago
The problem with this debate is that usually students do have to do a LOT of hands on, real life practice during their degree, so the premise of the debate doesn't really make sense.
Posted by Jovison 7 years ago
Yes, I am aware of how hard it is to implement them. Time and financial wise, it is very inefficient, especially during the early stage of the implementation. While it is true that we can't create a perfect environment for all classes, it is possible to create a structure model. For example, if we want to teach students about economy structure and their dynamics, we can have a set of students to act as government officials, others as private businesses, some others as international companies, and others as officials from other countries. We can give them a set of goals and let them interact with each other. While this is imperfect, it will give students better understanding of how each part of the system interact with each other.

It is true that school's goal is to broaden our educational experiences. But my question is: why do schools want to broaden our educational experiences? I believe it is, in its purest form, because they want students to grow as individuals that will function well and improve our society. Hands on learning will work really well here because it allow students to experiment and understand how many things work; thus providing insights for future decisions. As of now, students are still learning; but their learning experiences can be further improved.

As for internships, it is very useful, but going for internship to get a taste of the real world when the goal of going to school is to be able to go and survive in the real world seems very absurd to me. Internships should be a complement for students to taste and prepare for the real world, not the main source of it.

it seems that there are differences in the ways we define hands on learning. Can you please elaborate yours?
Posted by sadolite 7 years ago
UH there used to be hands on learning. It was called shop class and home ec. But the world of academia deemed it wasteful and unneeded because all the kids growing up in the information age would be using computers. It's like the next generation thinks it's on to something that has been known for 1000 years.
Posted by socratits 7 years ago
You realize that hands-on activities are very hard to implement when one considers the environmental and economic aspects of education. For example, how will the school physically demonstrate to students the economic theories. In college, we have the ability to apply for internships, which is essentially a taste of the real world. School is to provide education to the masses and with the diversity of students, we can't cater to every single student. That is why schools teach theories so that what we learn in school can be applied to the real world. Additionally, school's purpose, at least from K-12th grade, is to broaden your educational experiences. Once you get to college, you'll realize that you can be more specific about what you want to do and not surprisingly, internships are also offered to college students.
Posted by Blade-of-Truth 7 years ago
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