The School of Our Dreams Might Actually Exist

Working in the public school system has drastically changed the way I think about learning and education. In our current format, funding for schools is based largely on standardized tests which encourages memorization and test taking skills not the ability to think critically about our ever changing world.

I see a number of students who are very successful in high school but are not equipped to handle life outside of the controlled environment of high school. I don’t think schools will ever be able to teach kids everything they need to know before graduating high school; that can only be done through the effort of families and the community. I do, however, think there is a better way to educate the youth of our country. Our schools need to make a fundamental change from encouraging good test scores to encouraging good learning skills. People who actively seek knowledge and information and know how to educate themselves will in the long run be far more successful. Sir Ken Robinson has a number of Ted talks, articles and books on the topic of education that explore better ways of educating youth. Check out the all of Robinson’s resources and the article below to learn more about better ways of educating America.

The School of Our Dreams Might Actually Exist – Education – GOOD.


3 thoughts on “The School of Our Dreams Might Actually Exist

  1. I believe courses should be offered and required in high school that educate students on how day to say responsibilities work. I know it may sound too simple or something a lot of students will grasp in the future, but I would love to hear feedback from students and see how many of them actually understand how to pay bills, set up accounts, register a car, etc. I know these processes are usually taught by parents or guardians, but what about students who are less fortunate?

      • I think schools see a need for practical education (classes like personal finance are now required for graduation) but don’t have the ability to change curriculum because of legal and legislative issues. There are ways around those but they take a lot of time and funding. I agree with you Matt that kids need to learn day to day things in high school especially as more and more kids are seemingly starting to fall through the cracks.

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