Monday, October 15, 2012

The (not so) Perfect Education System

The videos we watched were surprising in some ways, but I'm not so sure that I was completely blown away by the whole concept of the education system being a bit messed up. I mean, there is never going to be a "utopian" education system, but it does seem like the one we have now is not doing anyone much good. I think the main reason the education system will never be perfect is because of the differences in learning styles and intelligence in the students. You cannot tailor specifically to one group of students, because then you are shutting down and smothering the other groups. Probably the thing that stood out to me the most from this video was the section about the increasing percentages of ADHD, and how this could be our current education system's fault. It was also interesting to me that some of the medications that are regularly prescribed to students are almost deadening them to the education they are supposed to be receiving, and basically worsening these children's capacity to learn. As the video said, "Rather than shutting children down with medication, we should be making them feel awake and alive." Overall, I believe that the current education system is in need of some huge changes, though it is going to take the majority of the population to realize this before it will actually become a plausible possibility.

4 comments:

  1. I agree that teaching in one particular manner to one particular audience doesn't benefit the class as a whole-only certain individuals.

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  2. I agree with both you and Anna that if we focus too much on one group of kids for teaching that we will neglect another assortment of children who learn a different way.

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  3. I also was taken back by the cause of ADHD. The medicines for the 'condition' need a serious look at. If the current school systems are causing this, they need to change.

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  4. I didn't consider the option of a "utopian" school system. It would be awesome if we could have a perfect learning experience for everyone, but that's not physically possible. Like you said, the problem is that everyone learns differently and has a different level of intelligence than the person next to them. Because of this, schools have to do their best to create the best learning experience for the general school population, not just the smart kids.

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