Maegan Womble

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Maegan Womble
Posted almost 2 years ago
How are students educated in schools in YOUR country, where you came from?
Hello Judy, What I have to say is very short, but I hope it will help some in giving you a perspective on what the educational system in my region is like. I graduated from a high school in central America in 2009, and what I can tell you of the experience is this: 1) More emphasis is placed on math and science than the humanities and arts. This is a common trend, but what it means for those inclined to the latter subjects is less opportunity to cultivate their own potential in the areas most suited for them. Also there is the inevitable stigma that what they excel in is the "lesser" field, creating in perfectly talented individuals the very same shame that is stunting so many creative students today. 2) Increasingly more time is spent tailoring students toward scoring high on exams rather than on understanding the purpose and application of the curriculum. It's a bit like showing a beaver the ten most efficient ways to chew off tree limbs without explaining why he's chewing through them. Over the last ten years, the number of state exams and tests has increased dramatically. CRTs, EOIs, 9 weeks tests, 6 weeks tests, 3 weeks tests... And these not including the tests already schedule on a weekly basis by the classes themselves. There are classes now that are focused entirely on helping prepare for testing itself (I was in one of them). Not only does it place stress on the teachers, it stresses the students. 3) Schools praise "leadership" and give priority to those who exhibit it. While acknowledging leadership is in no way a bad thing, giving credence to only one type of person will have a negative effect no matter what society we relate with. "Leaders" are only a very small part of the population and while they may "lead," they cannot lead themselves. In my last years of high school what I saw was an increasing number of classes tailored toward cultivating leadership potential and none towards group cohesion.