- John Locke
- New York, NY
- United States
Education: Starting Early
As a student, I understand the inefficiencies of public school much better than possibly anyone else as I currently spend every day in these time-wasting buildings. Now, I am not a lazy student, nor am I afraid of hard work or learning. In fact, I enjoy a challenge, enjoy learning, and embrace hard work as a necessary step to success.
So why am I calling school a waste of time? Well, despite the millions of dollars that the government pumps into our education each year, the U.S. is still lagging in education internationally.
Why is this? Is it because of social media, a lack of interest, bad teachers, a bad curriculum, or some other crazy reason that has yet to be identified?
No! The answer, to me, is quite simple. During the time when children are in their peak age of learning, from age 3-10, they sit in front of a TV watching some silly show or they sit in a classroom coloring inside the lines because learning other things is "too difficult". We are WASTING away the small window of time when children's potential to learn is practically limitless! And we do it all under the pretense that they are not able to comprehend concepts like multiplication or physics.
But, this detrimental flaw in our logic is having catastrophic effects on the education of the country as a whole. Our country sees bad test results and instead of fixing the root of the problem, elementary schooling, they pour their money into upper levels of education. This makes no sense!
By increasing the demand and difficulty of the curriculum in elementary schooling when students are extremely open to new, difficult concepts, the level of education that can be achieved during high school will be much much greater than it currently is.
Why do we attempt to teach high schoolers a new language when they could learn it twice as fast in elementary school? Why don't we teach 1st greaders multiplication? We have a clear path towards educational improvement and yet we refuse to act!