However, in the last decades the western functional approach has been borrowed: we do not teach to know, but to be able to use. This approach implies that fundamental education should only be for the elites, the rest should only have the necessary skills to serve the ruling class. It is about the lack of requirements for knowledge of the system, which led to the reduction of school subjects.
Today, for example, drawing is not taught in schools on a continuous basis. Meanwhile, according to many experts, drawing is the basis of engineering and design thinking. Consequently, the foundations for higher engineering and technical education are not being laid during the period of vocational guidance for schoolchildren. According to experts, this situation has already led to a significant decrease in the level of technical, spatial and creative thinking of schoolchildren, which teachers of universities, colleges and technical and pedagogical schools now face in the classroom with freshmen. The same destiny ran the drawing, the astronomy.
In his Address to the Federal Assembly, our president set the task of preparing 1 million labor professions within 5 years to ensure Russia’s security and competitiveness. They are precisely those specialists for whom drawing is a basic subject, but today it is absent as a compulsory subject in school.
You should not think that if we allocate enough funds, but do not radically change the approaches to training, educational programs, then we will have quick success, a breakthrough in the economy.
Thus, in recent years, the United Kingdom has increased spending on research and development, but the expected innovations have not appeared, and it has not been possible to achieve a recovery of the British industry and economy. Perhaps precisely because fundamental education is available only to a fairly small circle of the establishment.
The geopolitical situation in the world today is such that we need to rely on our strength, on our developments, on our innovations, to train our specialists and grow our elite, working in the interests of their country, and not oriented towards the West. collective. . And it is worth relying on this in all the best that we had, including the education system.