The education system has recently come under fire by a former head of the Australian Education Union. Angelo Gavrielatos, a current director of Education International, has observed that Education is undergoing “Uberfication” – a term coined from the rise of Uber, which has seen drivers who do not have a taxi license providing taxi services.
The primary observations stem from having seen something similar happening in the education sector, with teaching platforms in classrooms allowing almost anyone to simply enter a classroom and read off the tablets or computer screens. The contention is that young learners are at risk from the “commercialisation of education” and the rise of plug-and-play systems of “no-brainer” teaching by “educorporations”.
“Educorporations” are especially prevalent in third world countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Liberia. Through a system of high-tech teaching platforms, young learners are able to affordably gain access to education.
That said, there is a concern that facilitators of these programs do not need to be specialist-trained in particular fields of education. The worry is that these companies invested in simplistic teaching methods, and would eventually move their business elsewhere in the world, giving rise to potentially poorly instructed students, who may be unable to have their questions answered by teachers who themselves may not know the answers.
Cultivating curiosity, imagination and passion
STEMmates aims to cultivate curiosity, imagination and passion for STEM. And whilst there may be a temptation to classify us as an “Educorporation”, we strive to be different by ensuring our courses and workshops are delivered by qualified teachers who have training and experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
STEMmates programs are taught through hands-on, activity based, learning that encourages students to think critically and ask questions in order to learn, rather than just the wrote-learning programs and platforms that Gavrielatos warns against.
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