Our Schools Need..

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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.

 

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Our Schools Need..

2 thoughts on “Our Schools Need..

  1. izzymirmerced says:

    Jayne I think you make a great point that High Schools are not teaching kids skills or concepts but instead they are teaching them to just learn what they need to know to pass a test. This is hurting a lot of American youth because not only are students not learning skills that should be helping them like balancing a check book or doing tax returns. They are learning math equations that they will use on a home work assignment, a quiz and, maybe a test and then most likely never use that type of math again.

    Personally in high school I was not focused on computer classes. I was more into history and photography classes. However I feel as if their was not enough advertisement of computer science classes at my High School. I don’t remember ever seeing posters in the hallway about learning how to code in a class. When i transferred to Rutgers I did see more computer classes, I even took one last semester. To be honest the class was super hard and when the mid term came around I had to withdraw from the class so because at that point a W would have been better then an F. I tried to understand but I just could not figure out the different types of coding and the math that went with it. I also believe that the class could have been taught better and the professor could have been a little more helpful but thats not the point. The point is I was lost because I had never taken computer science classes in High School i was never exposed to that type of material before. The class kept advancing and I was just falling farther and farther behind.

    In conclusion I agree with you schools in this country need to start adding more classes to their curriculum keep the science math and english whatever they need to meet the national standards. But the elective class should have more of a variety including computer science, Public speaking as you mentioned, and finical fitness for there futures. learning these skills will be helpful and will help students in college by giving them a leg up and maybe even helping them find a passion that they will be pursuing in their college career.

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  2. carolinasouza says:

    Using coding to expand on how high schools limit our education to mindless memorization was an interesting take on this article. Our future will be shaped by the minds in those classrooms, and they are not being tested and pushed to their full potential. Instead, they are being programmed to reiterate the same information taught to them by the generation prior, to the next generation. If continued, progress of human race will be stunted by this cycle of outdated (and possibly false) information. Schools should be focusing on preparing students for a future best fit for them; they need to begin focusing on the individual students instead of attempting to form a mass culture cloned minds. However, coding is a future that can easily benefit any student if taught early enough.

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