I have survived 12 years of school (not including preschool and kindergarten) and honestly, I’m so ready to graduate, it’s not even funny.
There is so much about the school system that I can not stand. Dress code. Lunches. If I were to name them all it would take up a whole page. So let’s talk about it.
Disclaimer: Every thing stated here is a complete opinion.
For instance, I think schools being more of a career-oriented place is the best option for high schools in America. Other countries have found that it could lower the drop out rate drastically. Teens won’t have to worry about college (and even if they do, very little) because many of their credits can be achieved in high school. They would still be taking their core curriculum classes, like English and math. However, they would be learning topics that they are genuinely interested in.
The only downside to a career-oriented high school is that it would take longer to complete, because more classes would be required. Also, it would admittedly be difficult and costly to have a nearby school in every county that teaches that certain trade or career.
We do have career tech classes and trade school now, but for the majority of us, the field of study we plan to go into is not offered at public schools in America.
Also, the possibility of our credits from our career tech classes being transferred to a college? Ha! Nope.
In my opinion, there would be so many more success stories in America if teens knew there was a good chance they could actually go into their dream job straight from school. But because of college expenses, responsibilities at home, or simply no interest in school, people are settling for lower paying jobs rather than putting the time and money into pursuing what they actually want to do.
Let’s say someone wanted to be an engineer. They would probably need more math classes than someone who plans on going into game graphics; while the student that wants to go into graphics would need more art and media design classes. It’s not fair to have everyone learn the same material and judge them on how well they learn something they find difficult compared to someone else who is naturally good at a certain subject.
As Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Speaking of which, not everyone learns the same way. But many of us are expected to. Some people are visual learners, while others are auditory, or kinesthetic. Meaning, some people learn better watching than listening or doing hands-on activities.
Who do you believe will do better in a class with a teacher who spends the entire class giving a lecture on how gravity works? The auditory or the visual learner?
So my idea was at the beginning of every school year, the students should be tested to see which style of learning they are best at and divided into classes based on that style. That way people who are kinesthetic learners can take a class where they actually get to participate rather than sit down and listen or watch a PowerPoint for an hour.
In addition, I think it would benefit our country greatly to take a lesson from other countries every once in a while. Sweden does this thing called “Study Allowance,” meaning students 16-20 years of age are paid $187 dollars a month (sometimes more, depending on their situation) to go to school.
Hear me out.
Because of Study Allowance, there is a much lower drop out rate, because instead of people getting bored and uninterested in their studies, having family responsibilities to take care of, or having to work so much that they eventually drop out, people have a reason to stay in school. Also, they have a way of helping out their family with bills instead of being tired and exhausted all of the time from trying to balance out school, work, and home life.
With a lower drop out rate, more students are able to go to jobs that they are interested in, because they have the necessary skills after completing high school. So there is a higher success rate than what we would have here.
Not only is the drop out rate in other countries lower, the unemployment rate is too. Because all of the jobs that teens would be working are open, there are more jobs available for adults. Like just the little minimum wage jobs that we usually work can be given to adults who have families and bills to pay for.
America has a long way to go before we get our country’s education to be the best we can be and even then, there will still probably be many flaws. But simple things can make a difference, like increased educational funds, school lunch, and even the curriculum we are taught. I just want America to be the best it can be so my future children and grandchildren will have the greatest chance of being successful they can get.
Leave me a comment and let me know your opinion…