Again following Scott McLeod’s lead, here’s what a few of my bright sparks think we need to stop pretending is true about schooling:
- Teachers need to stop thinking they’re under more pressure than us.
- That school and our education are the only important things in our lives.
- That the subject a teacher teaches is the most valuable/important subject to us.
- It would be nice to focus on the journey rather than the result.
- We need to stop pretending that all of our classes will actually help us in life.
- That all learning happens in the classroom.
- That STEM subjects are the most important. And that MADD* isn’t.
- That the teaching of our syllabus isn’t based on when the next test is.
- That people that do well in school (academically) will automatically be successful in the real world.
- That school doesn’t teach us much more than how to play the system.
- That standard normal education is something for everyone.
*MADD: An acronym my school uses for Music, Art, Drama and Design (I’d like to add the Humanities, but it doesn’t quite fit. DAHMD seems too ominous. MAHDD perhaps?)