40 More Things Students Don’t Say

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Things Students Don’t Say:

  • Standardized tests really allow me to demonstrate my learning in a personalized way.
  • The curriculum really is more important than I am. No really, it is!
  • School is definitely about how well I do in the exams.
  • My education is preparing me for life.
  • I don’t feel like I am just a number.
  • I agree that technology is too distracting to be used in lessons.
  • I love not having a say in what I learn.
  • Who needs to be taught how to think better when I get to learn facts by heart?
  • It’s incredible how relevant most of my learning is.
  • There is no need to establish connections between what I learn in different subjects.
  • I hate working independently.
  • School allows me to discover and develop my own interests.
  • I can see myself having a life-long love affair with learning.
  • The degree to which I can collaborate and exchange ideas with my classmates is awesome.
  • At school, I get to learn to solve problems creatively.
  • School makes me feel like I can change the world for the better.
  • Thinking critically about the information which comes my way is something I do every day at my school.
  • I know how meaningless it is to cut and paste information from the internet.
  • Homework really helps me to practice and apply the concepts I’ve learned in class meaningfully.
  • Struggling with homework has played a huge role in developing my character.
  • Yes, a ‘B’ symbol accurately summarizes who I am as a person.
  • My heavy school bag makes my back stronger.
  • I have ample time to think and reflect at school.
  • Being compared to others really motivates me.
  • I love my teacher’s decades-old notes and worksheets.
  • Who needs digital textbooks?
  • It’s good to learn from a young age not to question authority.
  • I will give my teachers respect even if they don’t give me any.
  • There really is only one way to learn.
  • I love it when my teacher writes on the board and we have to copy it down.
  • As a boy, I really feel that school is designed to capture my attention by making me sit still.
  • As a girl, being socialized into being compliant will stand me in good stead for an independent future.
  • I love that I get to learn something by failing.
  • As an introvert, I love hearing about how ‘coming out of my shell’ will be good for me one day.
  • Yes, I think the STEM subjects are more important than the arts and humanities.
  • There is absolutely no need for teachers to update their skills.
  • My teachers set the example by modeling curiosity and the ongoing quest for knowledge.
  • I would hate to have to see what kids in other classes around the world are doing.
  • I love having an input into the syllabus and how it is taught.
  • Words like ‘rigor’ and ‘academics’ and ‘tradition’ inspire me.
  • Wow! Academic awards ceremonies are the highlight of my year.
  • There is no need for any kind of enrichment which goes beyond the syllabus.
  • It’s wonderful how students who struggle are made to feel inferior at my school.
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