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Ask Students How to Reform the Education System

To many people it is evident that the education system is in need of reform, so why not ask students what would help them learn better, and what they would like in the future curriculum. I know adults might think we are unable to think for ourselves, or make such decisions at young ages, but I disagree.

I want a school:

-with reasonable hours: If teachers complain about the amount of tardies and absences, wouldn't it just make sense to start school a little later so we will be well rested?

-with teachers who understand the subject and can effectively communicate it: My parents don't care that my teacher is terrible at teaching the subject, and frankly telling them that everyone has failed for this reason is nothing more than an excuse.

- where people care enough to give you all the help they can: because it seems like no one cares whether you pass or fail sometimes, and if no one believes in you why should you yourself.

- that is a little more organized: so we can get through our entire textbook in the first semester with a well enough understanding to pass the state tests.

- with a suggestion box: so I can give feedback on anything that I think might help me pass.

If you are a student, how would you like to reform the education system?


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    Nov 30 2011: I believe students are more acute than teachers at spotting flaws in the education system, since they are the direct subjects of it. On one hand, teachers, however passionate, are increasingly burdened by the need to deliver results, and simply do not have the capacity to fully place themselves in the shoes of students. On the other hand, while students know deep down some specific issues that need to be addressed, they lack the experience to understand the full context of major systemic flaws in the education system. The best analogy I can think of to such a situation is the newly employed worker and his/her boss: the former is groping in the dark trying to figure out the organisational structure and political hierarchies, while the latter is preoccupied with short-term productivity rather than introducing long term reforms.

    I think reform has to start with raising students' awareness about how they feel about the way lessons are taught, the way educational materials are designed etc. etc.

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