Jeff Bliss a high school student goes on a rant that has taken the internet and the education system by storm. If you don’t believe what he says, you obviously haven’t experienced our public education system here in the good ole’ USA.
I 100% agree with what Jeff here says. Now I was lucky enough to attend a pretty decent high school. Yes, it was public. My class size was small compared to others (~150).
The teachers at my high school were amazing. They loved what they taught. Lets face it, students dread going to school in genre. We would rather be out causing havoc and hanging with friends. But when you have teachers that genuinely care about your life both in and out of the classroom, you want to come to school.
Teachers involving their students in activities and discussions gets their rains motivated. Handing out worksheets that you probably just copied from whatever textbook you are reading from is ridiculous. What in the hell do you think this is going to do? I don’t recall one student who enjoyed worksheets or were motivated by them.
Teachers have to be up and bouncing off the walls. Finding new and creative ways to not only teach but entertain. Some people don’t believe teachers also need to be entertainers but they really do. Keeping your students entertained will make the learning experience sooooo much easier. With all this technology today, our attention spans are very slim. Capturing it will allow students to perform better.
Many educators (in my opinion) are stuck in the old ways of teaching. But no one had cell phones and Ipods and I-whatever ten, twenty, thirty years ago. Incorporating technology into the teaching everyday will capture so many minds you will love it.
As I said earlier, you have to care about your students not only in the classroom but outside. I was lucky to have so many of these teachers. They would strike up a conversation out of the blue that had nothing to do with learning. It might have been sports. Showing that a teacher can relate to the student is so important. Allow him/her to see that you were in their shoes once.
I had a principal, unfortunately he was terminated at the end of my junior year, that would stop you in the hall to ask how your day was going. That small thing would brighten a student’s day like that. He would make you late to class just to talk with you. If you were sick, he would ask how you were doing the next day. He knew everyone’s name by heart. He was even willing to come pick you up at 1am if you found yourself out somewhere with no ride (I understand this is sketchy to some but he didn’t want students to take a ride with some random stranger). If you came to school one day with no lunch or money to buy it, he would gladly give you a few bucks. He would go home later that night with no cash on him at all. Every single day.
Teachers and principals like this make high school so much smoother. It can be a scary time in a young pupil’s life entering high school for the first time. Media today portrays high school as this crazy, hellish time where bullies are rampant. I will talk about bullies in a future blog. Luckily, my school, thanks to these wonderful educators, had zero bullies. There were the cliques here and there but for the most part, everyone was friendly to everyone.
In a world where our every move is criticized by the media and things can be posted on the internet in a blink of an eye for the world to see, we have to change how our education system is run. You can’t just sit there and tell students what to do. Ask their opinions and involve students in debates with one another and the teacher. Listen to the students. They are the one receiving this education, not you. Take what they have to say to heart. Just because they are the ones sitting down learning doesn’t mean they know nothing. Trust me, as a 2012 high school graduate I like to think I and my fellow classmates know how to teach better than half the teachers in this country.
Don’t take that last comment as arrogant or cocky. Students want to learn. Discover how they want to learn and you will see more students graduating and heading off to college.