Sunday, October 21, 2012
Is The Way Schools Teach Harming Our Futures?
After watching the video the other day by Sir Ken Robinson and then reading Roger Schank's articles, I have begun to question our school system more and more. Roger Schank gives reasons why each mandatory class in school shouldn't be mandatory. Like chemistry. I took chemistry last year and I didn't like it at all. It didn't interest me. Schank said that most students won't take chemistry again because they'll never use it again. I am one of those students. I'm not going to become a doctor or anything that deals with chemicals. He also gave really good reasons why teaching foreign languages is bad. I am now in my fourth year of taking Spanish and honestly I still can't understand spanish speaking people that well. The problem, like Schank said, is that the way people talk and how books say people talk are completely different. None of us speak perfect English, following all of the grammer rules, and neither does anyone else in other countries. I do kind of disagree with how Schank presents his information. I agree with a lot of what he says, but he says it in a kind of unprofessional way. He states that several of the subjects are "silly" and "a complete waste of time." While I do agree with these statements, many people will see these and see Roger Schank as not very professional and deem his informational not trustworthy. Overall I agree with Roger Schank and Sir Ken Robinson and that something needs to be done about the way students learn.
Posted by T-Down at 11:59 AM