After watching the video “What Most Schools Don’t Teach”, it brought me back to the days in high school where teachers would explain to the students how much education has changed. Instead of teaching skills and concepts students need to succeed, the school curriculum has changed to “teach to the test” and teachers’ jobs were at risk if overall performance declined. Therefore, teachers began to cover only the material needed for whatever state exam or quarterly that was coming up. Students began to fall into the pattern of absorbing everything for the exam and then immediately forgetting it all when the exam was over. Education was no longer accumulative; it was learning how to be a sponge.
I strongly believe that instead of teaching to get better test scores or to increase the ranking of the school, schools should require students to take skill based classes that would prepare them for any career. Coding is a skill that I wish I had, and in a world that’s full of technology I feel handicapped. Just knowing the basics can make you more desirable as a job prospect because you’re more likely to learn faster and already interested.
Lately, there have been PSAs for girls in schools to pursue their interests in the science and math field (watch one here). The belief that girls should’t be interested in science or math and that they should leave it to the boys is absolutely ridiculous. This push for girls are just as smart and should be inspired to pursue their interests, despite being outnumbered, is setting education to head in the right direction. Check out this video of girls teaching a couple of guys how to code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5Vzo-iPGCo
No matter what profession students want to pursue, coding is going to be vital to know, like the video said. If you want to start your own business, you should know coding yourself to make your own website instead of hiring an outside party to do it. It’s not enough nowadays to market through radio/tv commercials, flyers, signs, etc. There’s an entire world online that can reach a much bigger audience and coding can create programs or apps that can help you further succeed. Just like knowing how to use Microsoft became a requirement for jobs, coding will soon become mandatory in all fields.
In addition to coding, I think public speaking is another skill schools should include as a requirement. Giving presentations or any type of speech in front of an audience is frightening, and it’s not a skill most students easily gain after doing it once or twice in class. It’s only with more practice and learning different techniques that students will gain the confidence and charisma they need to persuade a group of people. Another basic skill that my school actually required a course in was financial fitness. Knowing how to balance a checkbook or investing your money is vital for life after college. I believe these skills are a handful of the necessary skills students need nowadays to be successful and schools should most definitely implement them in their curriculum.