seriously. what has our educational system become. i’ve tried to think of whether our generation is just too lazy, too dramatic, etc but i honestly think we are being over worked and have too high of expectations for our age and for how we are treated. we are told to eat 3 meals a day, get 8 hours of sleep, get to school on time, be in clubs, do sports, finish all of our homework etc. not to mention house work, jobs to pay for college (which is a complete other rant in itself) and still have time to spend unwinding. what many adults fail to understand is that when they were in school they didn’t have advanced placement classes (AP/college courses in high school), they didn’t have honors classes. these more advanced classes are undeniably required if you plan on getting into a good college. it all adds to the stress level of teenagers today. they always say that we have it easier because they didn’t have nearly as advanced technology as we do but it goes both ways. the more technology advances the more we are required to learn. and to be quite honest, the teenagers (with everything else that is going on in their lives) can only handle so much. they wonder why crime rates are going up, they wonder why more and more teenagers are depressed, committing suicide, etc. the problem is right under their nose.
for example: an athlete cannot be overworked by a coach, otherwise they crack under pressure and injuries are more and more common. the same goes for school. another thing i would like to point out is (where i live at least) many elementary schools have cut cursive writing out of the school curriculum. many people think this is outrageous since it has been something children were required to know and “would use for the rest of their lives” for SO long now but it just comes to prove how many things kids in just the 2nd grade must learn! you have youngsters learning long division 2 years earlier than i did when i was in elementary school. it’s crazy! now there’s nothing wrong with improvement, but there comes a time when it gets to be too much for people to handle.
i suppose what i am trying to say is that the human mind is a delicate thing, and people need to be reminded that memorizing all of this information can become unnecessary. there is a fine line between exposing students to certain material, and forcing them to memorize something they have no interest in majoring in. maybe there needs to be a few changes in our school systems today.
okay that’s my rant. sorry it’s soo long and sorry if it doesn’t make sense. it’s 12:30 am and i’m stressed out and i needed to get that off my mind so that i could continue to study for final exams tomorrow.
Thank you so much.
(i would put this under a read more cut but i frankly can’t figure out how)
i honestly believe that the real problem behind public education is not the AMOUNT students learn but the standardized way in which they are forced to learn it.
excuse me for a second while i say some stuff that will probably come across as bragging. i’m a really smart person. i graduated in the top 10% of my high school class as a result of my SAT scores. i’ve never had any trouble picking up difficult material quickly. i enjoy learning. i test really well. that being said, i graduated from high school with mostly C’s and D’s, nearly didn’t graduate at all because of my scores on my final project, and absolutely HATED my high school life.
i don’t know how much of this has to do with the depression i’d only recently started trying to work through or the apparently pretty severe case of ADD that went undiagnosed for two more years, but what i can say is this: despite all evidence telling me otherwise, SCHOOL MADE ME FEEL LAZY AND STUPID.
and that’s because i didn’t learn the same way or at the same pace as the “average student,” a mythical creature that i have yet to actually meet.
the way we learn, what we learn, and how much we learn is very different person to person, yet public schools insist that we all follow a standard model. students who are frankly pretty frightening with numbers are condemned for not doing well in english courses, students with an affinity for english are fucked over when it comes to math, and competent teachers are forced to fail them for it because they don’t reach the “right” standards.
but here’s the thing: making a “standard” doesn’t make teaching or learning easier. all it does is ensure that a handful of students capable of navigating the (frankly stupid) system achieve 4.0’s , regardless of what they actually learn (not to belittle the kind of work or talent this involves; this is very difficult and is its own kind of genius that i really respect and have never been capable of), and the rest are left to flounder and hate themselves for being unable to reach an unrealistic goal.
frankly, it teaches the same kinds of thing to students that magazines like cosmo teach to girls: here’s an unrealistic goal that determines your value and success in life, and the fact that you aren’t reaching it just means you aren’t trying hard enough. if you don’t get your act together, you’re worthless.
IT’S. EXACTLY. THE SAME.
only, instead of making you feel ashamed of your body, it makes you ashamed of your mind.
that’s fucked up.