I havenâ€™t taken a science or maths class since I was fifteen years old. What happened to those aspirations of becoming a vet or a marine biologist? Why did I make the choices to study English, politics, and history at Aâ€™Level? In retrospect, having to make those decisions at such a young age is crazy. In a world where people are encouraged to embrace opportunity, and a single career is no longer a thirty-year commitment; our education system should not hold our children back.
Providing our kids with a broad education will make for better-rounded young adults who can make (better) educated and thoughtful decisions about their future. I want my mine to have the opportunity to open their horizons through education, not be limited by it. We need a middle ground between a system that is too general to be meaningful and one that focuses children at too young an age.
Having to make narrow choices at sixteen forces many out of engaging with education. Equally, for those who decide against further education a broader scope would provide a more complete set of resources. Our modern and complicated world requires individuals to be adaptive, resourceful, and imaginative. Allowing our children the time they need to develop an understanding of the world around them will foster change and opportunity.
So where do we start?