If you ever went to high school or are currently in one this article is for you. I share my opinions as an Australian high school student and what I believe to be the flaws and mistakes that I experienced so far in my schooling life. I may be wrong but here it goes.
In most schools it's Maths and English that dominate studies and rightly so. These subjects are needed in everyday life however it's what follows that causes the problem. In the first two years of Australian high school, students are unable to control what they want to learn and thus this makes me very angry. At least 40 minutes a day i'm wasting my time in a study that simply 'I do not care about'. And then whenever you try an give "constructive criticism" to a "co-curricular teacher", straight away us students get brushed away. Yes I know the teachers went to University and we didn't but whenever a student knows their right it's like a pocket rocket, they shoot up and then go down because of the teachers incompetence.
It's such a shame isn't it. There are barely any teachers now that can really connect too you emotionally. As a student I want a teacher that I can look up too, a teacher that I would share a few secrets with and a teacher than I can have a have a bit of a joke with. However also a teacher that will push us and give us good reasons for it and will put in effort for his/her children. How can I be motivated to work if my teacher just sits there and makes us copy off the board and hands out worksheets like their food samples.
Which Way Of Learning Is Better
Brute force like copying off the whiteboard or carefully planned lessons that gives us variety. Out of all my music lessons I only remember one clearly. Every lesson my music teacher would just spit out facts and names of instruments I never thought existed and it never sunk in. However there was this one really good lesson where she put her own time into making a great crossword and for the first time it looked like she actually cared and because she had invested her time into us kids, the class were well-behaved for the whole lesson. Now I'm not saying that teachers should always give us crosswords and free time however all I want is proof from the teachers that she/he actually cares about us and would spend her time to enrich our learning.
I'm sure its not very pleasing too be told that you're inferior to the top class. And I know last year I was at near rock bottom of the class placings and multiple times when my class wasn't on their best behavior straight away the teacher would be like "Why can't you be like the top class"?. And every time there was actually a good lesson the feel good vibe is wrecked when the teacher slips in that sneaky comment like "Today on your behavior I thought you guys were the top class".
Eventually I did work hard enough to get to the top class, and what a mistake that was! The difference was amazing compared to rock bottom all the way to the top of the food chain. Whenever I did a test fail or pass the teacher would always cheer me up. 80% very good job 55% not the best job but at least you passed :) 45% don't worry you got it next time. Then when you get to the top your always expected to be good at every subject and whenever you got your test results it was always the worst. Failed: No comment for the whole lesson the teacher would stay away from you. Around 50-75%: I was hoping you would get a bit higher. At the top: Just a quick mention then straight away the teacher starts reviewing the test.
Part 2 will be coming out later in the week. I go back to school this week :L. Hope this article gave you a good insight into my high school life and please share yours in the comment section down below. If you liked it please follow me or you can add me to your circle. If you have any special requests for my next post you can e-mail me and thanks for reading :).