Article about Education
Earlier I took my sister to Christmas Eve mass in a snow plow. It's not a snow plow like the ones that clear the public roads; it's a Chevy Suburban with a blade attached to the front so it can move snow. While driving that contraption was an adventure, something more noteworthy happened after mass.
I was talking to this third grade boy and asked him how school was going. His response, "terrible." When I asked him how he would make it more fun, he replied, "have a Wii." Looks like Nintendo is doing a great job. I wonder if he's sincere about school being terrible or if that's just a popular attitude to convey. If he is being genuine, what turned him off school? What made learning boring? If I remember correctly, Kindergartners are thrilled to go to school. When did this third grader lose interest? I know this isn't an isolated incident because the phrase "school sucks" is repeated so often it's cliche. What is the cause of this sentiment?
Many institutions, including the government, seem to put a lot of weight on standardized tests to see how well teachers and learning institutes are performing. This seems to miss the core issue altogether. It doesn't matter what the scores reflect, if the majority of students don't want to learn, they are going to learn less than if they wanted to learn. Our primary goal with educational reform should be about getting children excited about learning. They'll learn more, they'll be happier, and society will be better for it.