What has it become?
It seems like it’s become nothing more than a competition.
Between me and my friends.
Between me and the rest of the school.
Between me and the world.
It seems as if in this competition, we’ve lost sight of what school really is about.
Colleges say they look at grades. They look at numbers that an individual attains.
But what is the REAL point of school?
So, in this mad scramble to achieve what we can, to get as close as possible to that 4.0, we study and study.
But 90% of this knowledge we gain is forgotten right when the test is over.
Let me ask you this:
We see videos of Americans being “stupid” like
Who do you think is to blame?
Okay, maybe not the second video.
But I blame the schools, man. Schools put too much emphasis on the competitive part of schooling.
They don’t even bother to bring up the fact that we’re supposed to be learning.
I don’t know. Maybe they think it’s a given.
But think about it. Does your school do anything that shows that you haven’t been learning?
YES. It’s called a beginning-of-the-year-review!
Why do you need a review if you’ve made sure you’ve learnt it already?
What you’ve done now is relearn what you had learned all last year, but in a fraction of the time.
But it’s a serious waste of time. We could be learning new concepts during that time.
Either way, this competitiveness of school is stressing kids out, man.
Some of them are driven to their limits. Some bully others. Some commit suicide.
All this for what–to have the child’s family spend more money to learn more stuff that he’ll forget right as the test is over?
Think about it.