Wow. After reading this article my mind was boggled. To be honest after a semester in this course I have learned so much and how our public schools systems are really not preparing our students for the real world. I just didn’t know exactly what it was or how to put my finger on the issues that were the driving force behind this feeling. I myself have gone through the public school system wondering when I am going to use the content I was being taught. I can tell you, I have not used it much, and I am even going to be a teacher.
I think that as learners we ALL can relate to the fact that we have learned useless information throughout our school careers. In 9 Elephants in the (Class)room That Should “Unsettle” Us, the first elephant really struck me. It addressed the fact that most of what students learn, they forget within the first year. I can personally say I know this is true because it’s happened to me! Our public school systems are obsessed with teaching curriculum that is measurable and that students truly aren’t learning and is not related to real life and the real world learning.
The second biggest elephant that stood out to me, that was also number two on this list, was: the fact that we know most of our students are bored and disengaged in school. Duh! I think that anybody that went into classrooms today could tell you that the actual content bores kids. Now, I have to give it to teachers, they have and do come up with fun ways to deliver it, but why should they? Learning should be fun and should interest students, as educators we shouldn’t have to tire ourselves out thinking about a million different ways to try to deliver the content in new and exciting ways. We need to open our eyes to this and realize that intuitive learning is where it is at, and the “learning” we are measuring for our students isn’t doing any favors for anyone.
The last big one that I had NO idea about was the fact that curriculum is just a guess. I cannot believe that it was “written” by around 10 middle aged white guys about 120 years ago. I think that the age of how long ago the curriculum standards were written tells us something. The world is definitely a completely different place then it was back then and education should be as well. If we are constantly updating state standards every 3-5 years depending on the state you reside in, how can the core requirements for the curriculum for all not have been updated for over 120 years?! That seems ludicrous and truly archaic.
I think that people think as educators it’s taboo to agree with the fact that education is not perfect. I think since we are the people in the classrooms witnessing these “elephants”, we need to voice them and explain the need for change. We know the way we are doing it is not working, so why not try for a way that will?