The Mediocrity of High School

High School is mediocre, but it does not have to be.

Got to love those textbooks. Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

Hey, don’t you find it funny that we all learn the same stuff in high school? Me too…

I’ve started my 3rd year of high school a couple weeks back.

I’d like to share some thoughts about what I think makes high school mediocre most of the time.

Everybody learns the same stuff.

High school teaches every student the same knowledge with slight variations in complexity and workload. The issue you find is that your high school certificate is devalued in the process.

Whatever knowledge you gain, loses value in the workforce because almost every other person will have a high school certificate. What does it mean?

It means that high school is designed specifically so that you are mediocre enough to go to college and specialize.

The education has to be designed for everyone in mind.

This limits the teachers in

  • How they teach.
  • What they teach
  • The speed at which they teach
  • Making it practical

When you design an education where everyone comes out of it mediocre. You have to make it achievable for all the students involved. This leads to several compromises along the way.

It is easier to grade worksheets instead of practical projects

It is way easier give out worksheets that contain 20 math problems that have no significance than to make a student solve a real problem with the skills that he has acquired.

The funny thing is that when you give a student a practical project that requires a skill, they are more likely to learn it along the way.

But why not specialize during high school?

That sounds like a great idea! Well, some high schools offer students trade programs to join. It just so happens that I am in one of those experiential programs.

This makes where I learn my core classes, but soon after I go to the classes in my specialization off campus.

What should I do about this?

I don’t necessarily know a nonprofit group that pushes for new education or anything.

If you are a high school student, you can be happy that high school is free.

The second thing soon after is to begin specializing in a specific career.

You will have to do it eventually.

I hoped you enjoyed this education piece. If you did, please be sure to like/clap, follow, and share.

Michael Navazhylau is a Software Engineer in St.Louis who loves building cool and useful software. He is also the co-founder of Hammercircuit. You can check out his website at Mechasparrow.

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