A professor of surgery says students have spent so considerably time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they have lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up individuals.
Roger Kneebone, professor of surgical education at Imperial College, London, says young men and women have so little encounter of craft capabilities that they struggle with something practical.
“It is critical and an increasingly urgent problem,” says Prof Kneebone, who warns medical students may have high academic grades but cannot reduce or sew.
“It is a concern of mine and my scientific colleagues that whereas in the past you could make the assumption that students would leave school in a position to do particular practical things – cutting issues out, creating items – that is no longer the case,” says Prof Kneebone.
The professor, who teaches surgery to medical students, says young men and women need to have a more rounded education, such as creative and artistic subjects, where they find out to use their hands.
Prof Kneebone says he has observed a decline in the manual dexterity of students more than the previous decade – which he says is a difficulty for surgeons, who need craftsmanship as well as academic knowledge.
“An apparent example is of a surgeon needing some dexterity and talent in sewing or stitching,” he says.
“A lot of issues are decreased to swiping on a two-dimensional flat screen,” he says, which he argues requires away the encounter of handling components and building physical abilities.
Such expertise might after have been gained at school or at home, no matter whether in cutting textiles, measuring ingredients, repairing one thing that is broken, finding out woodwork or holding an instrument.
Students have become “less competent and much less confident” in utilizing their hands, he says.
“We have students who have extremely higher exam grades but lack tactile basic knowledge,” says the professor.
Prof Kneebone will be speaking on Tuesday at the V&A Museum of Childhood in east London, at the launch of a report, published by the Edge Foundation, calling for more creativity in the curriculum.
Stay ahead of the robots
Alice Barnard, chief executive of the education charity, says: “The government pays lip service by saying inventive subjects are essential, but its policies demonstrate otherwise.”
She says the way college overall performance is measured tends to push schools to concentrate on core academic subjects, to the detriment of arts and creative subjects.
The report warns that entries to creative subjects have fallen by 20% considering that 2010, including a 57% fall in design and technologies GCSE.
Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, will be speaking alongside Prof Kneebone.
“Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like design and style and technologies, music, art and drama are vitally essential for kids to create imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, difficulty-solving, group-working and technical skills,” says Mr Hunt.
“These are the capabilities which will allow young individuals to navigate the changing workplace of the future and keep ahead of the robots, not exam grades.”
Published at Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:34:43 +0000