Kids Have Their Say: 11 Things We Need to Stop Pretending are True About Education


(This post is a follow up to 5 Ugly Truths About Education.)

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:

  1. Teachers need to stop thinking they’re under more pressure than us.
  2. That school and our education are the only important things in our lives.
  3. That the subject a teacher teaches is the most valuable/important subject to us.
  4. It would be nice to focus on the journey rather than the result.
  5. We need to stop pretending that all of our classes will actually help us in life.
  6. That all learning happens in the classroom.
  7. That STEM subjects are the most important. And that MADD* isn’t.
  8. That the teaching of our syllabus isn’t based on when the next test is.
  9. That people that do well in school (academically) will automatically be successful in the real world.
  10. That school doesn’t teach us much more than how to play the system.
  11. 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?)

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About Sean Hampton-Cole

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One Response to Kids Have Their Say: 11 Things We Need to Stop Pretending are True About Education

  1. Olivia says:

    Always good to hear from the kids!

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