The question – are youngsters not as clever as the older generation – has been debated on several forums. Well of course they are intelligent. However, it appears that the education systems in several countries are now considering many of the old skills to be superfluous.
A professor from the US was telling me that the authorities in his state think handwriting skills are unimportant presumably because it is so much easier to use an iPad. Basic techniques are no longer taught in art lessons at schools and even at some universities. The professor presented his current students with the work he had saved from students in 2007. Everyone was amazed at the difference in quality and that was after a gap of only 7 years.
The education system is robbing young people of the chance to feel good about achievements made through creativity. A victory in a computer game surely exercises different parts of the brain than the skills required in handwriting or to produce a drawing.
Companies are complaining about the lack of skills school leavers have when applying for a job. The same companies are reluctant to train youngsters as cost cutting is the order of the day.
How long will it be before we stop experimenting with the education system and the future of the next generation? The money we are saving now will cost us dearly in the future.