It is all over. A 13-year journey of growth, obstacles and structure is finished.
It is a feeling which is almost impossible to formulate into words. How can you describe all of your living memories in a sentence or short paragraph?
There are many things that school is criticised for. Archaic examination procedures, not teaching enterprise skills and removing individual freedoms from students. These negative aspects are often highlighted when school is mentioned by the media, and although there are always things to improve, school is immensely valuable.
In fact, education is the most essential aspect of a functioning, prosperous society. Many politicians consistently pursue the belief that a strong economy is vital to the growth of a nation. Now, I am not disputing this fact, but I think it delves much more in-depth than ‘having a strong economy.’
Education lays the platform for each aspect of society. It enables useful and beneficial healthcare services for the community. It allows for the utilisation of creativity and innovation in business, agricultural and environmental sectors. Moreover, it significantly contributes and leads towards a strong economy. The education and training of citizens in different areas facilitate the growth of a nation’s economy.
Hanushek and Kimko (2000) found a remarkable increase in productivity and national growth rates depending on the quality of the education. Declaring that an educated society is a society which creates a strong economy.
So what is my response after 13 years of schooling?
We need to invest in and make education our primary focus as a nation. We also need to be teaching enterprise and cognitive skills as these are what contribute towards an increased economic growth rate.
Australia has been talking about the economy ever since the recent election. Now is the time to start talking about education. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Farewell school, let’s go see what’s next.