Students learn core/mandatory subjects in their normal school for 3 days and go to a specialised school for their chosen electives for 2 days. They will discover their passion at a young age. Diversification and specialisation at the same time!
Nobody can predict the world in the next 5 years, but we expect our education system to equip our children for the next 50 years!
We tend to ask our education system to change according to the current market trend. So when technology is hot, we ask the school to focus on STEM. What if something else takes over technology in the future?
Education should focus on fully realising the students' potential. It's about discovering their passion and letting their intelligence find expression and contribute to the society. It's not about marching our children to fit into the current economic trend.
As the world becomes increasingly complex, it is essential to restructure our education system in such as way that...
(A) Enable students to discover their passion early on through diversification of subjects via various elective courses.
(B) Enable students to excel in their area of passion through early specialisation via advanced elective courses.
That means diversification and specialisation at the same time! We can restructure our education system to achieve diversification & specialisation with minimal investment simply by rearranging our resources as follows.
1) Rearrange school timetable such that all core / mandatory subjects on certain days, say Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students will go to their normal school for foundation studies according to their local intake catchment area.
2) Arrange all elective on certain days, say Tuesday and Thursday. All schools will become a specialised school on the elective days. Students choose their elective according to their interest and go to the corresponding specialised school and join the corresponding beginner, intermediate or advanced class according to their ability.
3) Students change their electives in the following term to continue to explore their passion. This is the diversification stage. Students will progress to more advanced courses once they find their area of passion. This is the specialisation stage. The entire development pathway becomes passion and ability oriented, rather than age-group oriented.
4) The number of schools and teachers remains the same. It's only rearranging the purpose on certain days. Certain specialised schools may need to buy specific equipment or materials. Overall cost for implementation is minimal compared to the significant benefits.