The saddest thing about high school education is that teachers spend so much time prepping students for standardized testing that they fail to actually teach and inspire students. In my honors English class, we watched the movies instead of reading the books. Doing this left us more time to prep for standardized testing. Although there is no rigorous monkey see, monkey do of standardized test prep in college, there is still a lack of substance in classrooms.
I’ve noticed that I’ve become less concerned about the content in my class, worrying instead about the amount of tests and homework assignments.
I need to make an A.
What can I do to make an A?
I will spend hours spitting words onto a paper analyzing a book or a dissertation, but don’t have any time to actually read the book or the dissertation. On tests, I’m only regurgitating the words of noble professors instead of applying thought of my understanding of the answers on my exam.
Many professors are stuck in this hamster wheel as well. They, too, are forced to adhere to regulations of an academic course.
What is a proper classroom? How can we make them all the same? What does a “good” student look like?
In the end, most classes are just addresses in collegiate suburbia with well- watered lawns and white, picket fences. God forbid a student walks down the street in anything less than a beehive hairdo and an argyle sweater. In other words, the degree at which a student can work hard to fake it determines whether they pass or fail.
Of course, there needs to be structure. There needs to be a line drawn. In all my ranting, I’ve failed to express appreciation for the thought- provoking classes I’ve been fortunate enough to attend. However, in all of our efforts to improve education, we’ve dumbed down our generation. Not all students learn the same or look the same. Sadly, most of them won’t realize their potential for higher education, because their scores on a test said they were too dumb.
Seeing education in this light, does this mean we’re sending robots into the work force who haven’t a clue how to solve real problems?
Or, is life just one big fake it until you make it?