This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I am happy to have Rahul of Take-20.com write this post for Insight Writer today because it is a subject near and dear to his heart too. It is not that we have all the answers, but I think this is a good start. So please read on…
The quality of the schools in our society determines the quality of our society as a whole. Given this truth, we can agree that we should do everything in our power to ensure our schooling system is of the highest quality. However, it seems as though we have failed to live up to this responsibility, and as a result, the schooling system of today remains flawed in many ways.
The following list is a compilation of just a few of my suggestions of how we can improve today’s schooling system. Currently, it churns out underdeveloped individuals who are far from an expression of their true potential. This inefficiency must be fixed, and this list of changes is a good starting point to get that done.
- Teachers must meet more stringent criteria: Better teachers equate to a better system overall. The sanctity of the teaching role has greatly diminished over the years, and a major contributing factor to this trend is the decreasing quality of the teaching body as a whole. Whether it is their failure to understand the importance of their role in society, taking the job solely because of the great vacation time, or the feeling of being underappreciated by their students, administrators, friends, families, and the rest of the society, teachers are not living up to their responsibility of serving as the guides to “enlightenment” that they once used to do so well. One way to bring back sanctity to the teaching role is by requiring teachers to meet a much higher level of criteria before they are seriously considered for a position at the school. Teachers in the improved system would be required to have additional education, higher quality of character, and a greater sense of responsibility for their role.
- Tests and quizzes must be more conceptually evaluative: The tests and quizzes of today’s system rely excessively on evaluating students’ rote memory skills, rather than evaluating their conceptual understanding of subject material. This doesn’t facilitate the process of true learning. Instead, the current process forces students to focus on memorizing and regurgitating the minor unimportant details of subject material, rather than learning and understanding the conceptual framework behind it. As a result, students don’t develop a deeper understanding of the material they’re studying, and are left with a cursory understanding of it instead.
- A talent recognition course must be integrated into the system: Currently, there is not a course students are required to take that helps them discover their innate abilities and talents. Such a course should be integrated into the system at an early stage, and books like “Strengthsfinder 2.0”, and “Is Your Genius at Work?” should be made required reading for this course. Once students have discovered their innate abilities and talents, schools should then make available a variety of paths that foster the further development of these abilities and talents. The result would be a highly specialized pool of young adults looking to further explore the best application of their honed abilities and talents while in college.
- The disciplinary system must emphasize character development: The current disciplinary system relies on instilling fear in students to deter them from committing wrong acts while in school. Instead, the disciplinary system should serve as a means to improving students at a deeper level. In this enhanced system, students who exhibit certain character flaws will be taught how to proactively change these flaws into more empowering traits by means of a separate character development course. For example, a student who is caught cheating should be given a zero, as is done in the current system. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, in addition to being given a zero, the student should be required to attend a character development course where he or she can learn the value of honesty and integrity. Such a disciplinary system would help students become better people in and out of school, and consequently would lead to an improved society overall.
This list is far from comprehensive. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions on how we can further improve the current schooling system. Thank you for reading!