Education is a significant topic of conversation in today’s society. But unfortunately, schools are teaching kids less and less about the world around them, teaching more about predetermined ideals. It’s not just about reading, writing, and arithmetic anymore; it’s about upholding the status quo.
But what if we redesigned education for this generation? What if we changed education, so it was more inclusive? More engaging? More relevant to our current social climate? Here are some ideas that might help us change education for the better.
Why Schools Are Failing
Schools are failing because they’re teaching outdated information and ideas. Schools teach children how to live a certain way, but many of this generation doesn’t want to live the way their parents did. For example, schools teach children about the importance of marriage. But what if someone doesn’t want to get married? What if they don’t believe in it?
Schools need to start teaching more relevant topics, like what people can do with their lives instead of just what they should do. For example, schools could teach kids about different careers and give them a chance to explore those careers before deciding on one they’ll have for the rest of their lives. This will help kids feel empowered and confident in themselves as opposed to being overwhelmed by all the decisions they have to make.
How Schools Could Be Better
The current educational system in America has been the same for decades. But this doesn’t mean it can’t change. However, schools could be better for students if they were more inclusive, engaging, and relevant to our current social climate.
First, schools should be more inclusive. There aren’t many opportunities to learn about other cultures or backgrounds in today’s society. Our country has so much diversity that our school system is not being acknowledged or appreciated. For example, the number of Native American teachers in public schools is at an all-time low of 1%. This means that most students are never taught by someone who shares their background or experience.
Second, schools should be more engaging. It’s no secret that kids these days are bored in school. They’re just sitting there watching PowerPoint presentations and listening to lectures – it’s not enthralling enough for them anymore! Why not incorporate new technology into the classroom? Students would find it far more interesting if they were engaged with interactive lessons and games on a tablet or laptop instead of staring at a PowerPoint presentation on a screen.
A study showed that when students used laptops to learn about the causes of World War II, they retained 65% more information than when they didn’t use laptops (Ryneveld).
Third, schools should be more relevant to our current social climate. This generation will inherit things like global warming,
The Changes We’ve Seen in the Past.
Schools have changed drastically in the past few decades. We can see this through the changes in education, the school environment, and students’ attitudes.
From our start, there have always been signs that things are not right in education:
- Teachers are constantly being overworked and under-compensated for their efforts.
- They are being asked to teach less material with more students per classroom.
- Most importantly, the idea of conformity is being pushed on students at a young age.
Smart Technology as a Form of Education
One of the reasons why schools are doing it wrong is that they’re not adapting to the world around them. Schools used to be about teaching kids how to read, write, and do the math, but now they’re teaching more about predetermined ideals.
It’s time for schools to utilize technology. Smart technology could serve as an engaging form of education for this generation. For example, schools could use smart technology by incorporating interactive whiteboards in classrooms. Interactive whiteboards can highlight reading with animations and videos, which creates a more engaging experience for students.
The point of this would be that students would learn with fun activities rather than sitting through lectures where they might tune out or daydream. Another way schools could use smart technology is by integrating iPads into their curriculum with learning apps like Study Island or Duolingo. This would allow students to practice their skills virtually and work independently at their own pace or time frame. It would provide a more personalized learning experience tailored to each student.
Tailoring Education to Fit Kids Today
One of the most important ways to change education is to tailor it to fit kids today. Unfortunately, the curriculum in many schools is outdated and doesn’t reflect the reality that kids live in today. For example, some schools don’t teach about LGBTQ realities or black history. These are just two examples where schools need to update what they’re teaching their students.
But how do we make this happen? What needs to happen for our culture to shift so that it’s more welcoming? One way would be to focus on changing the curriculum in school. For example, schools could offer different classes on different topics like LGBTQ history or African-American history. This way, children can learn about these cultures/realities while also learning other subjects like math and English.
Another way would be there to be more people of color in positions of power within our educational system, including teachers and administrators. This will help ensure that all students feel welcome at school, like at home. They will not have racist or homophobic thoughts perpetuated by educators since everyone has a similar race/sexuality as them.
Finally, teachers should try not to teach from a fixed perspective or a fixed ideology when teaching their students about certain topics. They should allow students room for questioning and debate without being shut down for doing so.
The Future of Education
We are at a very interesting point in history right now. Our world is changing rapidly, and the way it does so is heavily influenced by technology. The younger generation has never known anything but this reality, always adapting to new techniques. As the future of education comes to light, we have to take note of these changes and make sure that our current system can handle them.
The current state of education in America is failing to address the needs of its students. Schools are teaching kids less and less about the world around them, and they’re teaching more about predetermined ideals. It’s not just about reading, writing, and arithmetic anymore; schools are preparing kids for college without properly preparing them for life after graduation. They’re telling us “what” to learn but not giving us any direction on “how” to learn it or what to use it for after graduation.