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What can we do to change education?

My name is Hunter. I am a senior in High School and my english class recently watched this video.
This question was asked to me by a teacher to me back in 9th grade. His take on this was that there should not be an A - F grading scale because all kids do is shoot for an A. That's all. Nothing past that. All they need is an A to make everyone happy. I agree with this statement 100%. The problem is, how do we fix this? What scale can we use in order to make schooling more beneficial to future students? How do we get students to reach their full potential?

Topics: education

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    Apr 11 2013: Hi, I am Thomas, I am in Year 10. I think education needs to be more flexible and interesting for the students to want to reach their full potential. Students are not going to be able to make a change to their education if all they do is sit in a class room with only one teacher with the experience and expertise of one person.

    At my school (Birdwood High, Google it!) we have an "Academy"called the "Academy of Innovative Learning". Students in this from year 8 to 10 have multiple teachers to access at anyone time, so if they need help with a particular subject they can go find a teacher that know english, not just any teacher. We also don't go to all traditional classes, so we have a "campus" area I guess you could call it. So we have 3-7 teachers walking around helping, while we sit on couches and in friendship groups...

    We still have issues that are being sorted out, but the results from the last three years (out of three) have been good. We have had a 97% reduction in Time Out, since AIL started in 2011.And academic scores are up too. We only have 2 year 10 traditional classes left, and all AIL in Years 8 and 9.

    Students are allowed to express themselves and work on projects that they decide. We ran a Adelaide Fringe venue for the first year and WON Best Venue out of the entire state. Students were involved in almost every facet of that project, including the brewery! (yes, we even have a brewery at school!).

    My second big project this year is ..running a TEDx event at our school exhibition centre...

    Did I mention we are a Public Education School?

    So, education can be change, but there is never any perfect solution.
    • Apr 11 2013: flexible i agree, but interesting? is that to say that anything that isn't interesting isn't worth learning?
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        Apr 11 2013: We have to still go by the Australian Curriculum with the topics, but our teachers present the work and we are allowed to present differently though other media means...
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        Apr 11 2013: Also something I forgot, Grades are not as important, as what Improvement is...
        • Apr 11 2013: ah i see. sorry for jumping on that but i've heard too often kids and parents who complain about boring material: "just what use is shakespeare in the modern world? let them read what they like!", "he wants to be a musician, why on earth should he have to take maths if it doesn't interest him?" etc. i'm all for flexibility within a framework though, it's frustrating to be forever pushed around by people who don't understand that it's not about the work, but what students gain through completing the work.

          by the way if you forget something in a comment, use the edit link.

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