Education in the Czech Republic
I absolutely refuse this system of learning - all these things can be found very easily in libraries or on the internet, there is just a small reason why it is good to carry them in the head: you have a better overview of the world (I am happy for it, but the effort to get it is too big). Moreover: in present-day world, we simply can't even touch the whole knowledge of all people in such a short time: e.g. in chemistry, physics and other technical subjects. The knowledge here is so advanced that we know almost nothing after graduating the grammar school.
I think we should more focus on abilities, that are really important in our world:
- working with information (searching, writing),
I envy when on of our teachers, which is American, talks about American educational system and one of the basic principles of it: that the teacher should talk for just a minority of time in a lesson and he should empower the discussion. Oh my god, I would love this!
In international competitions, Czech students always win in theoretical knowledge (or they are on the first places). But when it comes to communication, discussion in the team or presentation in front of many people, Czech students and people are very bad (I see it often in the work). I don't think we should stop learning and just talk in the school, but i think we should find a compromise. Otherwise, we will lag.