(Pic just reminds me of UNPLEASANTNESS…haha! Anyone? Anyone?)
Our boss gave us an article to read today which was about the effects of traditional school methodologies when applied to today’s students. There were several points the author made, but in one paragraph, he referred to our society and how as a society, most are not surprised that learning is unpleasant to students. It’s almost like that is the way it’s SUPPOSED TO BE.
Here’s a line quoted from the article:
“ Some people even think that the very unpleasantness of school is good for children, so they will learn to tolerate unpleasantness, because life after school is unpleasant.”
WHAT KIND OF STATEMENT IS THIS?!!
Don’t students already have enough UNPLEASANTNESS…broken homes, parents who neglect or even beat them OR WORSE…children starved for attention OR FOOD…at the very least, HORMONAL changes that confuse them along with peers who make the confusion even worse… I MEAN, COME ON! Those who think like that quote, are very sad people and I’m MOST certain, very unpleasant ones. (AND THEY FOR REAL NEED JESUS!…JUST SAYIN!)
There’s no doubt, it’s been proven that most all students don’t enjoy school. We all know that when we enjoy or want to learn something, the experience of learning IS enjoyable and we will even work harder and do more to learn the task. Like he refers to in the article, we have all witnessed this. I mean, we learned to walk and talk and move around in our society. Think about a teenager learning to drive. They may flunk that algebra test a million times, but they will ACE that driving test on the first try! It’s because they WANTED IT! They want the reward, the freedom of being a driver and all that comes with it. What is the reward of passing that algebra test, but a pat on the back (MAYBE) and a nice grade on the report card? Some students just don’t care about that! And what makes it even easier for them to not care, is the fact that they have no one in their life that cares either. All this goes right back to what I said before, DON’T STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH UNPLEASANTNESS?!
A lot of teachers look at what I teach (fine arts and leadership) and think (and I’ve had some of them verbalize it as well) that my subject matter really doesn’t matter. I don’t have a state test to teach to. I don’t get weighed on the percentage of students who make commended or whatever the term is now. I get it. I’m not a “CORE” teacher, but that is mainly because I was that student who disliked algebra. Why would I have a job where I use algebra? If I did like algebra and I became an algebra teacher—my main classroom goals would still, I believe whole hearted-ly, be the exact same: MAKE LEARNING FUN and HELP STUDENTS FEEL CONFIDENT AND IMPORTANT. I know those are broad, but no matter what we teach, if we can do those things, our students will retain SOMETHING–maybe even more than you expected.
DON’T STUDENTS ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH UNPLEASANTNESS?!