Wed 16 Mar, 2016 06:50 pm
As a 17 y/o student from Italy, this is one of the biggest issues I've encountered troughout my short life. It seems like that even if school systems vary from country to country, everyone of them has the same problems. But first, I just wanna clear out that I like school and I think that education is the most important thing in our lives, and consequently more effort and more money should be involved in this field. The main thing I wanna say is that most kids drop out of school or have a very difficult time going trough it because they are forced to learn things that not only they are not interested in, but also are not useful! With this I only mean that we students should have the possibility to choose from different secondary subjects, while still being forced or at least strongly encouraged to follow lessons about absolutely necessary subjects. I don't know the situation in other countries, but here in Italy we must choose between a technician school (architecture,geometry etc..), scientific (maths, chemistry etc...), classical(mine) (greek,latin etc), and linguistic (various languages etc). The thing I hate about these schools is that, even if they are so different, they still won't prepare properly kids for when they have to enter adulthood, and they also kill our creativity. For example, we are not thaught basic first aid techniques, we don't know ANYTHING about politics and economy, how to get a job, how to make ourselves a family. But still we are thaught every small detail of things we are not interested in and if we don't learn them we could have to study even during summer. This system is literally wasting years of our lives, just like a prison. We learn those basic things only thanks to our parents, but many kids are orphans or are in a troubled family situation. I think we should have the right to be thaught the basis of a subject, and later on choose wether to continue it or choose another we enjoy more.
I thought of this after watching on youtube "#don'tstayinschool" by boyinaband.
By the way I'm sorry if what I said has grammar errors or doesn't count in your country.
You should consult your school management.
As a 17 y/o I can relate to what you mean. Most schools don't focus on Passion Based Learning what I mean is they don't focus on encouraging the students to pursue a path of learning that is based on a subject that they're passionate about. For example, a kid might be interested in performing arts so there's no point forcing the kid to learn about politics.
I think these days we have a lot of options and we no longer need to stick to the curriculum that most schools follow. We have the liberty to learn whatever we want and shape our future based on our goals.
You may try enrolling in a school where you can choose subjects of your interest and make sure they are flexible and give your individual interest the utmost priority.
For example, a kid might be interested in performing arts so there's no point forcing the kid to learn about politics.
Because there’s no such thing as a political play. Stand up comics never spout politics and satire does not exist.
I GET YOUR SARCASM.
I was just trying to say kids who are goal oriented should be allowed to be on a career path which would be beneficial for them in future.
There are many options these days. I am preparing for SAT so I have taken up an online course for preparation.
The fact that now I study in an online school full time (that basically gives me the freedom to do school anytime and anywhere, I have a lot more time and energy to prepare for a good university and focus on a bright future.
I don’t know what you mean, I’m not an American.
Over here kids do SATS when they’re 11 and again at 14.
Exams in a broad range of subjects are taken as 16.
Specialisation comes after that.
I was in love with science and math in high school and the system we had then in the New Jersey public schools was that you could sign up for any course as long as you took the required core subjects and any prerequisites for the course you sign up for.
Of course I sign up for all the math and science courses being offer an in those subjects and in and in only those subjects I was at the very top of the class.
Now I found out later that this cause some upset as I was not and never had been an honor student yet my grades in those narrow subjects was distorting the standings of the honor group as a whole.
Hell in a meeting with my father the guidance counselor told him that I was not as bright as I think I am as I was an overachiever instead.
I did not care as I was enjoying those math and science courses an that was all that was important to me.