- James Stork
Simplify education and make higher demands on students.
I work as a teacher assistant in a Canadian school and see a very inefficient system frought with difficulties.I have seen international students who barely speak our language legitimately do better than many of our Canadian born students. Much of this frequently comes down to a poor work ethic or apathetic attitude from our pupils. I have seen teachers deliver perfect lessons that could not be any better. They use technology, various motivational and engagement techniques to little avail. The students are not succeediing because they are apathetic and plainly do not do the work or put in the effort.
Perhaps we have given students and adults too many rights without the responsibilities. Perhaps we have life a bit too easy and we have too many safety nets built into our society.
My stepdaughter is from an Asian country and has often commented about the laziness of our students here. Where she comes from, and education is often their only chance of success in life or way out of poverty. If they are not attentive in school, they are sent home where they may face a poor reception from the parents at best. Education is competetive and natural or logical results ensue from their actions or lack thereof. If they don't do it, they fail. Simple.
That is their motivation.
Not everything is perfect there, but education is often much more efficient and the students are more engaged.
Here in America, we often have a sense of entitlement, have many safety nets to save us. Many of us have gotten lazy as a result. I understand that things happen and we all have differing potential but we need to be realistic. Let us be rational and let common sense prevail.
I was and still am a slow learner and had to work hard for everything I have including a teaching degree. If I can do it, almost anyone can.