Fair enough with the drums you are stuck, but they are a very specific instrument and schools do specific instrument lessons as part of a more general study of Music. The subjects we teach where people clamour for Mac's are DT, Art and Music. We don't run courses "iOS app building" we run "Programming", "Computing" or "ICT". We don't generally have courses "Mac Illustrator Design", we teach the concepts of design, that students can apply through a variety of technology - even <gasp> pen and paper.Quote:
Sorry, I disagree. You can't teach a student how to build an iOS app with a PC and a Nexus 7, you do it with a Mac and iOS (and vice versa). You don't teach a student to play the drums by teaching them how to read music and giving them piano lessons.
My point is that the ultimate aim is to teach the concepts. You might do that through specific skills but you should not subsume the teaching of concepts for the teaching of skills. Education is not about being a factory producing robots which businesses can then put to work. It is about giving people skills that will be useful through their whole life.Quote:
This idea that we only have to teach generic, one-size fits all skills philosophy is a crock in the actual real world we live in. Teaching real skills and not just concepts is what students crave and need. Teaching them "concepts" is what makes too many students disinterested, unfulfilled, aimless and without ambition for learning. Real learning motivates students for further learning, teaching concepts is dull and boring.