Today I read an article on the Atlantic
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.