seriously. what has our educational system become. i’ve tried to think of whether our generation is just too lazy, too dramatic, etc but i honestly think we are being over worked and have too high of expectations for our age and for how we are treated. we are told to eat 3 meals a day, get 8 hours of sleep, get to school on time, be in clubs, do sports, finish all of our homework etc. not to mention house work, jobs to pay for college (which is a complete other rant in itself) and still have time to spend unwinding. what many adults fail to understand is that when they were in school they didn’t have advanced placement classes (AP/college courses in high school), they didn’t have honors classes. these more advanced classes are undeniably required if you plan on getting into a good college. it all adds to the stress level of teenagers today. they always say that we have it easier because they didn’t have nearly as advanced technology as we do but it goes both ways. the more technology advances the more we are required to learn. and to be quite honest, the teenagers (with everything else that is going on in their lives) can only handle so much. they wonder why crime rates are going up, they wonder why more and more teenagers are depressed, committing suicide, etc. the problem is right under their nose.
for example: an athlete cannot be overworked by a coach, otherwise they crack under pressure and injuries are more and more common. the same goes for school. another thing i would like to point out is (where i live at least) many elementary schools have cut cursive writing out of the school curriculum. many people think this is outrageous since it has been something children were required to know and “would use for the rest of their lives” for SO long now but it just comes to prove how many things kids in just the 2nd grade must learn! you have youngsters learning long division 2 years earlier than i did when i was in elementary school. it’s crazy! now there’s nothing wrong with improvement, but there comes a time when it gets to be too much for people to handle.
i suppose what i am trying to say is that the human mind is a delicate thing, and people need to be reminded that memorizing all of this information can become unnecessary. there is a fine line between exposing students to certain material, and forcing them to memorize something they have no interest in majoring in. maybe there needs to be a few changes in our school systems today.
okay that’s my rant. sorry it’s soo long and sorry if it doesn’t make sense. it’s 12:30 am and i’m stressed out and i needed to get that off my mind so that i could continue to study for final exams tomorrow.
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Yes. Yes yes yes. I’ve been preaching this point for weeks, if not months, now. This is the life I’ve been subjected to, partially by the pressure of my family and my peers and partially by myself, for as long as I can remember. I love the challenge and I live for the competition; sometimes I get too worn down and I don’t acknowledge that, but it’s true. That being said, though, there really is only so much a person can take. The people who can survive in the current education system and meet unrealistically determined standards without having mental breakdowns or shirking some other area of responsibilities are not the norm—they are an extremely rare exception and deserve to be applauded, but not necessarily aspired to.
For the first time in twelve a half years of public education, I made the choice two weeks ago to drop a class because I felt that my mental health was more important than my GPA. I had teachers and guidance counselors urging me not to because “I would regret it”—meaning they would suffer for it because they get money for every AICE class I’m in and every AICE exam I take. And I respect that. I understand that it is partially their job to want to take care of their school, and I am all for money being allocated to areas of education that are in need; but the other part of that job is to take care of their students, and this is where we go so wrong far too often.
My state is 49th out of 50 in education in this country, and this country is 17th in education on the international stage. For the “leaders of the free world” that doesn’t exactly look good. So instead of putting our weight behind comprehensive and effective education reform, we’ve started playing this game of shortening time spans and expanding information bases without taking into account the practicality of this approach. The way education is handled in this country is a lot like how Communism is applied in the real world in the sense that what works in theory does not necessarily work so well in reality.
I’ve put my whole life into education and while I may be ahead of the curve in some respects of academia, I can’t say I’m all the better for it. My mental and physical health are precarious at best, my social life is non-existent, my diet is awful and my sleep schedule can scarcely be labeled as such. It’s a harder life than the people commanding it give it credit for, and they spend so much time swearing it’s worth it without actually doing much of anything to make it so.
Education has always been my pet issue and anyone who’s followed me for really any amount of time at all surely knows that, but this is what I’m talking about more than anything. Our system is so broken that it’s breaking our students, and we need to accept that making the system more intensive isn’t going to make it more effective.
There are a lot of problems in this nation that get inappropriately swept under the rug, and we cannot afford to make education one of them.