The Herald reports:
If we have any hope of preparing our children for a rapidly changing future, the way we educate them needs radical transformation.
Andreas Schleicher, one of the most respected education experts in the world, put it succinctly at the recent Global Education and Skills Forum: "If we want our children to be smarter than smartphones, we have to think harder about how we do education."
Schleicher, the OECD's education director, singled out Australia for direct criticism at the forum, saying the decline in Australian students' performance could be blamed in part on a teaching approach that restricts creativity and treats teachers as "interchangeable widgets on the frontline".
I'm 50/50 on the presence of specialised sports-orientated schools or specific arts-related ones. Yes, some students thrive in these environments and go on to a career in their specific field but such students are in a minority. Most students no matter how gifted they are in say Football ever make it as a professional. I'm all for boosting opportunity for students to develop creativity in schools, I'm just not sure that this can't be done in traditional schools.