I wanted to talk to you all about something that’s been on my mind. How do you think America’s schools are doing? Like do you think they put students first, or do you think they care more about getting a higher world ranking? I feel like the latter is what is happening. Do you know that a lot of schools don’t even teach cursive anymore? How does that one even work out? When these kids grow up and are asked to sign something are they just going to print their name on everything? And standardized tests? You know those are ridiculous right? I mean, I know that we have to have some way to measure whether or not students are learning, but to give everyone the exact same test is just plain ridiculous. Not everyone learns the same way. There are visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. How can one test accurately tell us what each child is learning? The best way I can explain it is through this picture:
Another thing that bothers me is student teaching. I’m not saying that student teaching is a bad thing, in fact I think it is a great way for those going into the teaching field to get experience for when they start teaching. I’m going to tell you right now. Teaching is not the cakewalk everyone thinks it is. I love my job, I think I have the best job in the world, but we don’t play all the time, we don’t do crafts all the time, and sometimes I think my students want to mutiny. Going straight into teaching with little to no experience can be scary. I did observations and had to teach some lessons before I started teaching, so I knew a little of what I was getting into, but I cannot even imagine what it would be like to start teaching without having done any of that. Back to my original point, when someone student teaches, they are basically working full time for a period of a few months, but they don’t get paid for it, in fact, they are paying their school to let them work. That makes a lot of sense doesn’t it? Another thing about student teaching is that they basically want you to only student teach and not have any other jobs, so next year at this time, I might be completely unemployed. I feel really frustrated by this, because just because I quit my jobs doesn’t mean my bills go away, and also, I know that I need to do some student teaching with older kids, but couldn’t my last year of teaching count for anything?
I feel like colleges more than any other type of school are out to make a profit, not help those who want to better themselves. We pay so much money just to attend school, and they can’t even provide our books. That is the one thing I miss about high school; the free books. In high school you were provided books and only had to pay for them if you lost or damaged them. I’m not saying we should be getting handouts, but the whole point of college is to better yourself, not get yourself in an insane amount of debt.