To What Extent Do Our Schools Provide A True Education?

I believe that our schools don’t prepare us for life in the adult world. The curriculum is outdated and teaching style doesn’t cater to everyone’s needs.

In school, we don’t learn what we need to know, or anything that is applicable to modern day life. Students these days aren’t taught how to pay taxes, register to vote, serve jury duty, take out a loan, or apply for a job. I believe that it is more important to know how to take care of myself than it is to know the quadratic formula. We spend hours memorizing dates and names of people and things that we don’t even need to know. Kids these day need to learn how to effectively function in the adult world, and school isn’t teaching us how to do that.

Public school teaching is very “one size fits all.” Every student is treated equal, and graded on the way the interpret the information. Every student is different, so one teaching style for all students in all subjects is not a good idea at all. Some people are visual learners, some auditory, hands on, and other different ways. Dealing with an unfamiliar teaching style gets worse as you progress through school. The speed of classes as well as the difficulty level increases, leaving kids behind. It’s important for teachers to understand that everyone is different. The number of successful students would increase greatly if curriculum was catered to every student’s personal needs. This discrimination creates a negative cloud around school, causing kids to resent it if they don’t understand the material. It’s not fair that kids in this day and age are expected to sit still and listen for 8 hours a day. It’s also not practical.

The modern world is very different now then it was ten years ago. Work environments now are much more collaborative, flexible, and moving in a technological direction. School is an extremely rigid, close minded establishment. Students are told exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Most teachers try to ignore the existence of the internet instead of utilizing it. Students these days need to learn how to effectively navigate the web, and use it to their advantage. The world is not based off of memorization, and it’s important that students not get too used to it. The world is more progressive, and people have freedom within their work, so students need to be able to call the shots on theirs.

Don’t get me wrong, I love learning. However, school has such a negative atmosphere. Students are forced to take classes that they have zero interest in, and they’re graded based on how similar their thinking process is to the teacher. I don’t think that it’s fair to make students who know their interests or career choice take classes they dislike. I’ve hated math since the dawn of time, but here I am, 11 years into math, struggling more than ever. I have no intentions of going into a career in math, so why am I spending so much time learning it? Teachers have always taught us that good grades= success in life. However, that is so far from the truth. There are trillions of successful people who have gotten terrible grades throughout school, so this logic is clearly flawed. Teachers should be talking to us about how skills like perseverance, integrity, and determination will take us farther than any 100 on a math test. School should be a positive place, but instead it’s a high stress environment that teaches us that our intelligence is defined by a number.

Overall, schools these days don’t serve the goals of a true education. They don’t prepare students for the adult world, cause stress and depend on memorization rather than true learning, and keep us in an environment that does not mimic our future. A true education consist of life skills, character building, and problem solving. The best way to ensure student success is to prepare us for the adult world, and put us in an environment that mimics it.