Oct 5, 2014 Other 1985 Views
Changing what we've done for a long time won't be easy, but it needs to be done. Students are unhappy, and the violence, rebellion, and complaints will only get worse until something is done.
For our biggest problem, I think the most emphasis should be placed on learning English and history. They're not subjects many people enjoy, though personally, I do. But more than just personal preference is why we really need them. English is our language, yet it's being destroyed by text-talk and laziness. Looking through Facebook, I can hardly understand sometimes what my friends are saying. English is a beautiful, complex language, and the third most common language in the world. We use it every day.
History is important because, as my teachers have always told me, we need to learn these tragic events to keep them from happening again. Also, we shouldn't forget how we came about and how everything started. It may not seem important now, but in centuries, I think we'll want to remember.
Science is important, but I don't find that I'll ever use it in my life. Do I really care about how cells are created or how plants get their water? Not particularly, but a lot of people enjoy it. Certainly we should continue learning it, but we shouldn't place it above the first two.
I find that math is the least important subject of the four core subjects. Basic math, like adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing are useful and should definitely be taught, but farther than that is unnecessary. I have especially found Geometry unnecessary. I don't even remember most of what I've ever learned. Algebra might be useful, but Geometry, at the very least, should be an optional subject for those who want to learn.
We also need to lessen school hours, preferably by making school start later. It's been proven that students who sleep more get better grades, but how are students suppose to accomplish this when they're up late at night finishing homework and are forced to get up at six o'clock in the morning so they're not late? Not to mention that students need their time to socialize and enjoy hobbies.
For the learning difference, that will be difficult and for teachers to decide. One solution I can think of is a mini-test after a lecture to decide who needs the homework and to learn more. Nowadays, homework can make or break a grade. That is not a good thing. Only give it to those who need it, and don't give too much or it will never get done. On that line, only teach subjects that really need to be taught, and leave the enjoyable things to optional classes.
Just remember, treat every student differently. One person may need homework, another may not. One person may need repetition over the year, and another might just remember. Everyone's different. It may be hard, but we need to get rid of our laziness if we want to make our country a better place. Nothing is going to do it for us.
Also, if school is going to be compulsory, don't give students rules they don't want. It would be like somebody forcing you to live in their house and listen to their rules. Wouldn't your argument be, "But I don't want to be here!"? That's a student's argument!
I also believe that lunch should be free. Some people like my family find it hard to afford it. My brother has a friend at school that can't eat because of it. If anything, shouldn't that be illegal? But it's not. It doesn't matter to us how the school gets the money, but don't take it out on students and parents who never had the choice. While you're at it, better quality food would also be nice.
All of this is just a start to bettering the younger generations and increasing happiness. They'll live happier childhoods, which might also mean less stress, and maybe even less depression later on in life. Instead of feeling like we're wasting eighteen years of our lives, students will finally feel like they're truly accomplishing something.
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