By: Katie K.
How do you feel about your education? Do you think that what you’re being taught is really necessary and going to help you later in life? According to the New York Times, people are starting to wonder if students aren’t being taught the skills necessary to succeed in life. I feel as though we need to help students understand logic and more basic skills better, learning how to do basic tasks like money management and even mechanical knowledge such as oil changes or tire changes etc. We are learning valuable lessons but are we learning too much of it?
One student, Anna Marks thinks that in future grades we will learn more important things, however, she does believe that we are learning valuable information in our current classes. She feels that she is not only learning important social skills like empathy, which she needs for her chosen career field, but she needs to have an understanding of sciences. She also thinks that if kids don’t learn how to communicate it can become damaging or hectic. “I feel like I’m equipped with the necessary tools [to succeed], but some of the tools aren’t as useful.”
Other students, such as Maddy Dadswell, feel like they learn lots of necessary social skills, which are very beneficial with what they want to do. They feel like all subjects are important, social studies, English or even science, all teach how to write well, talk about current events and issues that teach students how to analyze them properly, not to mention critical thinking and processing “A lot of things I have learned about in Social Studies, I have become very passionate about, but that being said I find a lot of the criteria can be repetitive and is only put in there to fill in time.” One student also says that without school she feels she would not be as passionate about what she has decided to do. Another feels like they don’t learn enough about logic and the like but a lot of the things we do learn are important
Mark Knoll, a teacher at Westmount, thinks that the Alberta curriculum sets students up well for what they want to do but most of the classes are just basic concepts that go more in depth in university – if you chose those courses. The limitations, of course, are the options we have to choose from, for example, we have no opportunities to take courses like home economics or a foods class. Mr. Knoll told me that he thinks that we would not be satisfied anywhere, though, because all school level courses are, as aforementioned, stepping stones into more in depth university level courses.
In conclusion, I believe it is important for students to learn at least a basic amount of most skills, we do, however, not need to know as much as they teach us. I think that in some things we learn too in depth for what we want to do and that we could settle with a much more minimal curriculum, however, in other subjects I think we could use even more, we are not only repeating curriculums but not going as in depth as we should in new curriculums. Overall, I think we need to continue to learn the same things, just alter the quantities at which we learn it.