Today’s students are the leaders of tomorrow. While California has many good public and private schools, significant reforms are needed to improve education and teaching conditions. Statistics say, only 30% of public school graduates meet the
requirements to pursue higher education. So, what happens to the other 70%? If this is the end of their public education, have we provided them the tools to succeed and flourish in this modern economy?
Appropriate Class sizes:
California presently has one of the highest student-teacher ratios in the country. Some studies have shown demonstrably better pupil teacher interactions with ratios below 20 per teacher in lower grades. Yet other countries are able to have significantly higher ratios Pupil teacher ratios and still have academic success. What do you think?
Drive away the monotony of regular curriculum:
To many students, school is boring with only academic study and no practical or realistic engagements. Academic book learning in an environment of internet immediate response videos just cannot “draw” students to do their best. Thus it is necessary to introduce more workshops, play-way methods, group works and extra-curricular activities to enable people to truly understand concepts and remember them in their heart. The 20% Project enables children to come up with their own year long project in an area that kids are passionate about. If they are passionate about the homeless- they can create a homeless project. If they are passionate about music – they can create a new music or share their music. These unique extra curriculars not only help in refreshing minds but can also instill a great sense of team building and togetherness. Later in life, when the children graduate school, these bonds continue. These types of activities MUST consider the context and the community mores. Optics are important – because perception can become an uncomfortable reality. What extent do you believe the Board should control academic freedom and/or enable people to pursue their passion vs. academic?
How much of high school sociology class or calculus do you use on a regular basis? I thought so. In order to ensure that students acquire proper professional skills, vocational training needs to be part of a school’s curriculum. But often in America we treat vocational education for those who failed the academic curriculum. This is shortsighted. The mechanic must know all sorts of computer codes and language to effectively do his job. The lowly construction worker must know geometry, math, and physics in terms of a compact dirt fill can take on a hill with a 1:1 ratio. Vocational is not second class education and we should not treat as such. Until we treat it as well as an academic pathway. We cannot succeed.
What do you think?
Workshops are a great way to impart vocational skills in young students. They will learn while they have fun!
The ever-inspiring man, Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and there’s perhaps no truth beyond this! If you too nurture such ideals within, it’s time you act upon it. Take out some hours each week to implement the above measures and bring about some positive changes in California Education!