Posts Tagged ‘ineffective’

For the last month or so I’ve been working on this Capstone project. I was looking at how we as a nation could improve our school system. I looked up various Ted Talks, a dozen or so articles, and just looked for what we could do. I found out that we could use some ideas from Finland, that Japan is moving away from the old way of intense training and homework. I learned that some schools use video games in class, and that video games (Or games in general) can improve your life in more ways than just killing time. After looking at all of this, I came to the conclusion that there’s a lot we could do. I learned that our method of teaching and education is decades old, going all the way back to WWII and the Cold War. We’re still just pounding students with knowledge, pumping them through school, and merely manufacturing citizens, rather than thoughtfully constructing human beings. We have no need for the “manufacturing plants” that we have now. There’s a lot we can do to fix this: Introducing various technologies into the classroom to make learning more efficient, adding multiple learning styles into curriculums, and having a larger number of better teachers. This has changed how I think of school a lot. Not just because I’m a student and I don’t like school, but it showed me that our methods are truly ineffective and unnecessarily brutal. I now feel a need to just talk to people about this kind of thing. Spread the word. Show the people in power that something needs to change. There’s a organization called LearnDoEarn, and the whole idea behind that is to take difficult courses in order to get to college, students aren’t prepared, college students drop out too often, etc. They don’t get that that’s the kind of thing that’s causing incompetent students. Hard classes aren’t necessary, good teachers are. More strict discipline isn’t needed, a loving and compassionate community to learn in is needed to prevent the problems.

 

What I’m trying to get at is that it’s going to take some of our students now, both college and high school, to come in and tell them what we need. Tell them how it needs to be done from our perspective, and not just have all of these horrible ideas and rules forced upon on us. We need to get together and work this out, or this country will collapse on itself.

 

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