The concept of ‘education’ has changed considerably over the years, evolving from a one-sided knowledge sharing to a two-way knowledge exchange. This has impacted the role of teachers and students. We are seeing increasing student leadership, with students driving their own learning and, consequently, the role of the teacher has evolved from being the ‘sage on the stage to the guide on the side.’
The role of educators has evolved to become more dynamic and they are increasingly imparting knowledge and real-world skills to their wards. The talk of ‘life-lessons’ is very real and an increasing number of educators today have accepted that to create well-rounded, mature and responsible citizens of the 21st century, they need to adapt their education system without losing sight of the core values of education.
There is also an increased partnership between teachers and parents, with the latter understanding the significance of playing a more active role in their child’s development in the crucial early years. Despite the fact that most parents have increasingly come to rely on schools to educate and take care of their children for the most part of the day, there is a growing awareness of the fact that learning and child development do not stop when the school bell rings at the end of the day.