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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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    Dec 19 2011: Several thoughts:

    - It's important to have strong examples for students as to why graduating and moving on is important. I graduated from a high school with lots of minority students, too many of whom live with parents and other relatives that got "screwed" somehow and thus, don't serve as examples as to why doing well in school is important. Too many students felt like a diploma and post-secondary options were useless since they'd just end up in the same place anyways. A new principal took charge my freshman year who brought in an entirely new focus and served as a great role model for students. It's all about inspiration.

    - Students also need a reason to want to come to school. It's easy to slash money from budgets by cutting clubs, sports, and activities, but these are reasons students want to come to school. There were days when I came to class solely to attend a band function. There were other students that made sure they attended at least 80% of their classes so they could make it to rehearsals for the musical after school per school policy. Give students a reason to show up that's not connected to the classroom.

    - Either get rid of arbitrary standardized testing, or figure out a way to implement a nationwide testing system that actually works. I got sick of teachers trying to fulfill state-set goals and structuring their classes to merely "teach to the test." Education would be a lot more meaningful if teachers could focus on what they feel is relevant and important for their students to learn.

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