What is the main aim of Education and how has LSST affected the Status Quo?
This is a question that has been asked by many people and many academics have given their take on what the aim of education is. Socrates once said ‘Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel’.
By this he meant education should be thought about and questioned for curiosity and understanding rather than memorizing facts and information.
Thus the analogy that we draw from his statement is that memorizing a text is not the same as understanding the text presented and fully comprehending the information given. Thus filling the vessel is not education. To be able to understand the information presented defines education and its purpose.
Many of the students at LSST have been given this opportunity to carry a more purposeful life by enhancing their status in the changing world and environment surrounding them. The program for the HND through its innovative style has given learners or students the opportunity to develop skills through the vocational set up. This evidently means that the skills that are learnt can be applied directly to any chosen business. The HND is a great stepping stone to higher education.
A lot of the students who come to LSST are asked during the interview stage as to the reasons why they want to do the H.N.D and more often than not the college is told that this course will enable the students to open up a business and have more understanding of industry and the techniques employed by the labor market.
Going back to the question pertaining to what is the aim of education we can see that students who came here with the purpose of just completing the HND have found confidence and have gone on to further progress their lives by continuing to do a top up degree. It appears the curiosity of Socrates has borne fruit.
We at LSST have seen great success with our student’s progression and long may it continue. The college as a whole has learnt from the student body and new courses have filtered through as a direct result of the achievements of the student population. The arrival of London Metropolitan University as our partner brings in new avenues to progress and new courses for learners to think about and expand their career paths.
Let’s see what the New Year brings and hopefully college staff and students can alight on a new journey of quality learning and shared experience.
Aqeel Syed: Associate Dean (Academic) for Satellite campuses