It was towards the beginning of 12th grade and I didn’t have enough credits to pass. I didn’t want to do 12th grade again, so I just left. School sucks. School is the worst thing ever – Jeremy Leabres, skateboard champion.
Our kids are all packed up and ready to go back for another school year, and just like the last 150 years, the basic schooling model remains the same. Take 20 to 30 kids of the same age and cram them into a classroom and they all have one teacher.
It’s the centralized, bureaucratic institutionalization that’s been going on since forever.
Of course, the so-called educators will claim that the overall public education system has changed in many ways. Maybe, but the way we are taught has not. Some kids may be fine with this setup, but others struggle.
It makes sense that we came up with our public school system during the Industrial Revolution because it’s like everybody is a factory worker, eating their terrible food and going back to the room where you’re silent and listening to an idiot. That’s an epitomizing idea, getting called ‘Nothing’ for your whole high school experience.- Ezra Miller
Our current schools do not accommodate different learning styles– all they really care about is high test scores. Students are taught to test, not think critically.
SOLs rely on memorization, repetition, and regurgitation: they train students to know the answers, but not how to find and understand the answers. Research shows that public schools aim at facts and concepts at the lowest cognitive levels, rather than the development of intellect.
Kids are all different and need to learn in different ways.
The four learning styles are visual learners, auditory learners, reading/writing learners, and kinesthetic learners. Research from Hal Pashlernotes that learning styles are not hardcoded, can change over time, and can also overlap.
Kinaesthetic learners, students who learn best by being active, have it the worst. For them, the classroom is the worst place in the world. These learners are consistently struggling, bored and generally disengaged.
By continuing along with this standardized type of schooling, we are putting millions at a disadvantage.
Our public school system is our country’s biggest and most inefficient monopoly, yet it keeps demanding more and more money – Phyllis Schlafly
Literacy rates have stagnated since 1971, while there has been no progress in math since 1990.
The American mantra in education is that lack of money is the big issue. However, it is the stagnant educational system that relies on testing that is causing the problem.
While we teach to the test, the kids quickly forget it as soon as it’s over. According to research by neurobiologists Blake Richards and Paul Frankland the information leaves pretty quickly.
They note that the brain quickly disregards information that is no longer required and that forgetting is an evolutionary strategy to promote the survival of the species. Richards and Frankland : From this perspective, forgetting is not necessarily a failure of memory. Rather, it may represent an investment in a more optimal mnemonic strategy.
We need to get rid of the testing culture, it’s killing us.
Despite (or because of) a free public school system, millions of teenagers enter the workforce without marketable skills. So why would anyone expect them to be well paid? – Charles Platt
It’s about memorizing as much information as possible rather than learning how to think. It is putting undue stress on teachers and students and may also be the reason that many teachers are already leaving the profession.
Can’t school be a fun place for kids?
Maybe there’s not enough playtime, and we’re starting our kids too soon, not letting them be kids first. Research from the University of Cambridge concludes that there are benefits of later starts to formal education. This evidence relates to the contribution of playful experiences to children’s development as learners and the consequences of starting formal learning at the age of four to five years of age.
Data from Paul Boyce, Schools Are Outdated. It’s Time For Reform was used in this article.