Education is more than the experience at school. Before each child lies a future rich in challenges and opportunities but also in dangers and deceptions. Education should prepare a child to recognise and evaluate things so they can embrace one and reject the other.
Education certainly must equip each child with knowledge and skills. These are the foundation on which they can continue to build and the tools for accessing that which they need from a world where knowledge is continually progressing and expanding. But education must do more than this. It must teach them to be discerning, to evaluate that which they encounter and to make judgments about worth and value. The ability to think for oneself, and firm values to guide that thinking, are among the most valuable assets an education can provide.
School teaching programmes include the teaching of thinking skills as well as ample opportunities for students to practise higher-level thinking and making judgments. This does not, however, come at the expense of basic skills in literacy and numeracy. Sufficient time is set aside to ensure a thorough development of these skills and there is on-going, college-wide evaluation of student development to ensure that any difficulties are identified and dealt with as soon as possible.