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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?

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  • Apr 29 2013: One of the things that I think can be done is providing more options to the student. As of now, most students progress on a fixed track. Schools require that certain classes be taken in certain grades, in a certain order. This gets a little better in high school with the ability to choose some of the courses that you would like to take, but still lacks flexibility and options. This lack of options ends up holding students back. Pacing of the courses also hinders students, by preventing the bright students from taking more advanced courses, and overwhelming other students who find learning more difficult.
    Sure, you can enroll in courses outside of school, or in summer school. But that also requires money, and students may not be interested in committing that extra time towards studying those topics.

    Decreasing the amount of required courses, and increasing the amount of more specialized courses, would definitely help students follow their interests. This can also help schools and teachers tailor a student's course load to their academic capabilities and interests. "Intro to Aerospace Engineering" or "Microeconomics" would be two good examples of a specialized course, things that you would not normally find in pretty much any high school.

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