When it comes to deciding if practical learning or academic learning is better, it really comes down to the individual. Academic learning that is comprised of the standard public school into community college or universities may be the more common approach, but it’s certainly not for everyone. That said, it still serves many people well. That type of standardized learning may be too generalized in many instances. However, in some cases, specialized workshops might be more effective than lectures. It does not mean that one is better than the other, but that different industries and skills warrant a different kind of training and instruction.
Academic learning, while it does include the likes of private schools, is often incredibly general and broad in its scope. Most people enter public schools and learn the same thing as every other student. Many perfectly successful people arise from this sort of school system, but the fact that not everyone learns at the same pace has lead to criticism over the basic approach. It also harbors a style of learning where students cram as much of what they need in at the time for the next upcoming test only to forget it soon after. Of course, an example of where this kind of training is ideal is in the sciences such as engineering or medicine. These fields often require the students to learn a vast amount of theoretical knowledge which is only possible in this form of training or education.
Private education providers also have been being aware of these distinctions and provide the kind of the courses that their students want. They also have a responsibility to be aware of the skill demands of the state or city they live in and encourage students to enroll in these courses as they provide more opportunities. There are private institutions that provide facilities for academic learning such as private colleges and then there are businesses that provide education to earn extra income. Local businesses have the opportunity to provide practical education courses (that must be accredited by the regulatory body) in the field that they specialize in. An example of this is a local Australian beekeeping business Bec’s Bee Hive that sells beekeeping supplies but also holds a local beginner beekeeping course for hobby beekeepers.
Here’s a map with directions to find their workshop location:
The social skills learned alongside the typical academic approach are also invaluable. Introductions to much of the material such as the maths and sciences also lead to lifelong passions for many students. While academic learning is not for everyone, it does have many positives despite some of the glaring flaws in the likes of the public school systems.
Practical learning is a lot more focused of course, and can more easily allow someone to focus on their passion and what they have a natural aptitude from the start. If you focus on honing your craft rather than spreading your education over a wide spectrum of topics, you may find yourself better prepared to excel in the job market since it’s all so narrowed down. The earnings of workers that specialize in trades are also much higher than many people may assume. This is the kind of training that has a direct impact on the students’ job opportunities and prospects. In fact, several academic-heavy courses such as nursing and physiotherapy now include practical job placements where students have to shadow actual professionals in that particular field so they can learn how to apply the theory that they have been learning in college. This video explains a bit more:
Without a strong basis in “general” education, though, certain key elements of fitting into the current social structure may not be as strong. It’s an unfortunate downside, but only a potential one rather than something guaranteed. Ultimately, the practical approach can still turn out perfectly well-rounded individuals. Ultimately, it all comes down to a clear divide; the practical study is best for some, while the academic study is best for others.