Born to Learn
Above is a picture of my new Sunday plans.
Go to the website and look around a bit. It’s basically a university that offers classes for absolutely free and it is a gorgeous idea. I really hope I get to go to this class, I’m beyond excited for it. If you live in San Francisco you should check out the schedule and see if there are any that interest you! You can also join a mailing list or follow on twitter and facebook, links are at the website.
I’m not looking to rock the boat, but I’m studying to be a Spanish teacher. I had been toying with the idea of teaching somewhere other than America and after this lesson I had, I’m certain that I don’t want to teach in America.
I’m in a class called Adolescent Psychology and most of the people…
Reblogging instead of replying so that I can talk all I want about this subject!
I totally agree with you. The education system in America is so fucked up it hurts. We actually need a complete paradigm shift, but I won’t get into that because it’s way too complicated and I get SO angry that I fear I have more rage than Martin Freeman when I talk about it.
I’m all for being compassionate to a student who is struggling, especially because I don’t even believe grades should be administered in the first place. However, if we’re going to assume that grades are the way to evaluate a student’s achievement, effort, and progress, then if at the end of a term a student hasn’t met the requirements to advance, it would be more cruel to pass the student with insufficient knowledge.
The problem with America’s system is that we think that we can have one kind of “standard” and if we imprint that into every single student and be try to mold them into what we think is a good student, they’ll go out and be ready for whatever is next in life. But it doesn’t work like that. Education should be molded to fit the student. I’m not even talking about subjects, either, because science and english are not completely different disciplines, all learning is connected. Some kids aren’t even the kind of people that a traditional school setting works for. Even those students should be catered to. Even they should be able to come out of school without having their creativity and curiosity mauled and destroyed, which is effectively what our system does.
Every human is innately curious and therefore a candidate to be a lifetime learner. But our system crushes that spirit from day one. In all kinds of ways. I’m getting too ranty, though. So I’ll just end it here with my overall feelings of contemporary education: