What students think about education

What students think about education

Mery Stansbury in the article, “Five things students say they want from education, reports how students say they want to work at school, what they think it doesn’t work and what the s school should change.

Mery supports her idea by listing them in order of importance and interviewing students that seem to have a clear idea about this topic that is one of the most discussed topics nowadays. Students want more interactive technology because students use them for math, writing, researching, and interactive math and word games. They especially want more hands-on science where they can experiment, discuss, and reflect on what they observed and then redo the activity.

They also want teacher mentors who respects and cares about them, a teacher who engages them in learning.

They want innovation and they want school to be more fun to do and also in creative ways.

They want to have a choice, freedom to participate in decision making. Students want choice in what they read and write, which math classes they take and more elective choises.

They want real-world application and relevancy, classes that relate with the real world, such as financial planning that provides practical information immediately prior to graduation. Students don’t want a school just made of lectures and homework.

Students truly desire educational experiences outside the classroom. They desire to see and experience, first-hand, how they can apply their learning with real-world experienced during the normal school day.

I totally agree with everything reported by this teacher. As a student I think school should provide more life skills and tips to do something outside. It is fine studying philosophy for example but relating it to the life experiences we will probably experience. Or history should be more focused on understanding the world today and each country history. 

 

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An American mother tells us about Italian schools

A school year abroad

The author Deirdre Straughan in the post, ” A school year abroad”, lists a series of difference between Italian and American schools.  She also highlights the sides that the Italian school should improve.

Straughan supports her idea by telling her own experience. She moved to Italy therefore she married an Italian husband from who had a daughter, Rossella.  Rossella frequented all her five years of high school in Italy even though she failed her 4th year because of math and her mother reported the pressure that teachers put on students over there.

The first thing that she says is that the Italian school system is not well balanced because:

  • There are no extra curricular activities after school such as sports, which are not provided by the school and end up to be expensive and to take a lot of time and this privates them opportunities for awards or recognition;
  • Italian kids simply don’t have time or opportunity to do much of anything outside of school but homework, which can be demotivating for those who don’t shine at school but still have skills that they never have the opportunity to use because of lack of time;
  • Kids have to study with their parents almost all the time because the school doesn’t provide a guidance counselor, and that’s maybe why many university students seem profoundly uninterested in the degrees for which their parents studied;
  • Even if you fail just one class, you have to repeat the entire year of high school (usually a quarter of every class fails the year);
  • Italian grading are supposed to be on a scale of 1-10, with 6 being a pass, but grades above 7 don’t seem to be assigned at all routinely and in a discussion on Expats, one Italian participant opined that some high school teachers grade punitively to enhance their own sense of power;
  • The Italian government encourages students to go on exchange programs during both high school and university, but their re-entry into the Italian system is difficult because you have to study (alone or just with you parents) all summer to make up the deficit, then trying to pass exams before the new school year, so that they can rejoin their classmates in the fifth year;
  • I would also add, but that’s not reported by the author, that Italian teachers don’t know how to use computers so Italian students can’t even bring their own, unless they have dyslexia, or they can’t even type essays on the computer because there might be the chance of parents doing their kids’ homework.

The author purpose is to show how bad-balanced the Italian school is and how much there is to do in order to make things better. She also shows really well where the things to work on are so that it is easier to understand that there is another way to concept school that can be not perfect but at least better.

The author answers the research question saying that the Italian school has to work on balance and look at other school system, like the American one for example, that seems better in many ways.

 

This article in my opinion express totally the pure truth and it is exactly what students what to change about that terrifying school. I hope that the Italian government will hear what Americans think about their school system and that they will be so ashamed that they will have to change it because that is the only way to let teenagers live their teens happily and not scared, unmotivated and with low self-esteem.

 

WHAT MOST SCHOOLS DON’T TEACH

WHAT MOST SCHOOLS DON’T TEACH

The authors Josh Lieberman and Lesley Chilcott in the video, “What most schools don’t teach”, give reasons why everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.

Lieberman and Chilcott support their idea by interviewing people that made a wealthy career using computers: Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ruchi Sanghi, Drew Houston, Elena Silenok, Gabe Newell and Mark Zuckerberg. They all explain how young they were when they first had access to a computer. They all say that you have to know how to use a computer even if you want to become a race car driver, baseball player, house builder, in agriculture, entertainment, manufacturing because all these things have been turned upside down by software.

The authors’ purpose is to make people realize how important for every kind of job the computer is. In 2013 all depends on technology but just a few people really know how to use it and it is a shame because it is easy and fun so that schools will add more coding classes to the schedule. One million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled because 1/10 schools teach students how to code.

This author answers the research question letting speaking international business men that share their thoughts and stories. They prove how important using computers is and the sooner you learn the better.

My Opinion:

I think this video is very inspiring because big international business men, like Bill Gates, try to explain the importance of having coding classes at school because if you are comfortable using it you will be able to find a job or choosing a different kind of college sooner. That’s why, especially Italian schools, have to provide coding classes and let students use computer for homework. In order to do that teachers need to be updated about new technologies and websites so that students can have the chance to try another way of learning.