What's wrong with our education system
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sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
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The recent happenings have gotten me thinking....

What's wrong with our education system

Today I read an article on the Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/12/the-silicon-valley-suicides/413140/

It's everything that's wrong about our education system

I was at a loss for words.....I believed it. Even when going through high school, I knew things like this happened. The pressure was high. But it's disgusting.

Our education fails on one key factor:

Students lose the love for learning.

When I was in high school, I learned for grades

Not for myself. I felt like I hated learning. All I felt was this huge mountain of pressure and tasks. While I did learn the information, it felt terrible.

But it wasn't always that way.....

I remember a time when I loved school

I loved learning. Trying new things. Singing songs. School was my favorite thing. Learning was FUN

But one day I lost it.

I don't remember when. Maybe it was late elementary school or middle school. One day it became about the grades. I associated learning with school and school with stress

The Love for Learning

I think this should be the GOAL for every school. School should preserve the love for learning. A student who wants to learn, learns a lot more and for a lot longer

The most valuable thing: learn how to learn

We live in a world where information is everywhere. If you know how to learn, you can pick up any skill. It is FAR more valuable to learn how to learn than to pass math

Yet schools are terrible at this.

Most students will never learn a single thing in school about how to learn. They just go through the motions.

As a result......

We have an education system where the "best schools" are places where students would rather kill themselves than learn more.

I don't know the solution.....

But I do know we're measuring success incorrectly

Test scores and awards are not the best way

When schools are judged by "average scores" and "number of math olympiads" there are, we get the problem we have now. The system gets optimized to cram achievements

We need a way to measure inspiration

The best school in my mind is one where students want to learn. They feel an intrinsic motivation. Those schools will deliver the best education over the long term

I don't know how.

I just know it's a problem.

Somebody please fix it.

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2 years agoReply
@vivooshkagmailcom I know all the high schools in my area had counselors that would talk to you if you had issues emotionally. Not sure if everybody knew about them, but didn't seem like many people used them or even knew they existed. I think we had some sort of system to report if we were worried about people, but the fact that I don't remember nor ever used it says a lot.....Identifying mental illness symptoms is hard. Definitely not a simple thing to solve. Dealing with kids around you, bullies, etc. is always hard, but it seems like Gunn's mental health issues are stemming a lot from the pressure of school itself. I'm sure the students are dealing with other things outside the workload, but the way the students treat school seem pretty indicative of the pressures they deal with. This video in particular: https://www.youtube.com/w...

2 years agoReply
There is a lot going on beyond just the school. Students go to school with the burden of familial issues, emotional issues, and behavioral issues that become exacerbated in school settings where they are with peers. There for sure should be someone on campus who can identify mental illness symptoms, but that costs money...

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@vivooshkagmailcom I know you think a lot about the education system.....would love to hear your thoughts on this. I was SO frustrated when I read the atlantic article this morning