1. with the rise of agriculture. Independence


previously mentioned, the education system is assumed to be the single most
effective method for a child to learn and grow into an ideal member of society.
However, there is no other method for this system to be compared with. To gain a further
understanding of how the education system came to be it is important that we
delve into the history of modern education.

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of learning

At some point the education system did not exist,
the concept was man made and created. Although the education system did not
exist, education still did. Peter Gray (2008) suggests thousands of years ago
children naturally educated themselves through living their lives to survive
and become effective adults. This gives an indication that as humans we instinctively
learn new techniques to find solution to our problems independently allowing us
to gain knowledge whilst having fun. Moreover, we survived for thousands of
years without a strict education system.

methods of learning drastically changed with the rise of agriculture.
Independence was taken away from children and they were forced to be obedient
through working repetitive hours doing the same repetitive manual work.
Rebellious acts against the system would result in punishment. Many comparisons
can be made here against the current education system.

education system was created around the 16th century. Many parts of
the world started to believe childhood, “should be a time for learning and schools
for children were developed.” However, vast amounts of people had selfish
agendas for what they believed students should be taught. For example,
employers wanted the education system to teach students about “punctuality,
following directions, tolerances for long hours of tedious work and basic
reading and writing skills to create better workers.” Essentially, the
education system was built to manipulate a student through the early stages of
their life to create a specific model -citizen that was needed by the country.

Currently we
have the result of the on-going evolution of the education system. The subjects
taught are now vaster, and the methods of discipline and reward, fairer.
However, the model has not changed and has become outdated due to the vast
technological changes. Society currently promotes individuality and
independence however the education system does not help students to harness
these assets. E-learning can support education and help students achieve more
than they have been able to previously.


1.2  E-learning
is needed

E-learning is a computer based
education resource that allows the user to learn at the time and place best
suited to them. E-learning is most commonly accessed using the internet,
however many other forms of e-learning have existed in the past.

Unlike the previous method of
education provided through the history of learning, E-learning allows students
to have a choice and freedom. Having both prepares students more widely for
their future as many students struggle after education due to having no
experience in managing their own lives. (name) suggests being in control of
your life, makes an individual happier. In turn, E-learning has a similar
effect to when children educated themselves thousands of years ago because of
the fun in learning.

Also, E-learning caters to each students’ capabilities as
working independently through subjects allows a learner to fully comprehend
each topic at their own pace. Many students in a classroom can be left behind
as well as other students left waiting. This questions how productive an
in-class education is. Another aspect E-learning makes more productive is time
management. ”E-learning
provides the learners with the ability to fit learning around their
lifestyles”. This make E-learning ideal due to its flexibility of being used
whenever and wherever, instead of
being allocated a strict time schedule within a classroom.

As well as productivity and time, E-learning helps
save money. Education in general
is expensive in both cases due to textbooks and technology being priced highly.
However, in the long run E-learning is cost efficient because textbooks
eventually become obsolete and need replacing whereas E-learning can update
information into newer course content. E-learning
allows students and teachers to learn without having to deal with travel time,
travel costs and weather conditions. All these aspects help the student to save
money and increase productivity.

Ultimately E-learning fulfils the void the
education system currently has, independence and responsibility. Giving a
student the choice to learn in their own time through a method as efficient as
E-learning will benefit every student. The current problem is the lack of
awareness brought to E-learning.

From my independent questionnaire I found that most
students preferred to learn from an in-class environment. However once taking
out the students who had not used E-learning frequently enough to have an
opinion on the method, E-learning and in-class environments were both
equivalent in preference. This shows that there is potential for E-learning
however there must be more awareness raised towards this method of learning to
enable more students to use it.

The future of E-learning is
unforeseen as it is forever growing with continuous technological advancements.
However, I believe that E-learning must have a bigger influence on the
education system as the
advancement of technology has allowed newer resources to create a more
classroom orientated atmosphere through the usage of features such as videos,
slideshows, word documents, podcasts and PDF’s.