East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

What are you really learning at school?

Questions students have been asking their teachers for years are, what are we really learning in school? And what’s worth learning in school? Or why do we need to learn this?

Students are taught to listen and repeat what they are told. They do not let students value their own creativity and expression because it’s is mostly seen as “inappropriate” or “not allowed in school.” Students aren’t learning basic life necessities which means they will be book smart but not street smart.

Students should be taught subjects they will need in the outside world. They are being taught how to graph parabolas, how to find the atomic mass from an atomic structure, etc., but not how to pay their taxes, how to budget, how to take out a loan, how to write a résumé, how to change a tire or how to cook although other schools may have it as an elective but not all schools do.

I understand that there is not enough funds or time for another class but what if the students’ parents cannot explain to them how to pay their bills on their own, who do they run to ask these questions?

As stated in “What’s worth learning in schools” by Lory Hough, Professor David Perkins says, “The information in textbooks in not necessarily what you need or would like to have at your fingertips. Instead, even though most people would say that education should prepare you for life, much of what is offered in schools doesn’t work in that direction.”

Educators are preoccupied on building up students to gain knowledge but they often forget to inform them on the more useful subjects.

In the article, “Broken Education- What schools really teach our children” states, “Skills in mathematics and reading can be gained relatively quickly. It does not take… a child’s life to become ready for the world they were born into and constantly explore.” And that I agree with, which is why I believe they should have more life lesson type classes in our schools which teach us how to survive in the real world.

The writer says how mathematic and reading skills are gained quickly and maybe that’s because we are being taught those subjects since we begin school but life lessons? We should be learning those in high school so that when we are off to college we know how to handle our own situations.

1 Comment

  • Reply Douglas Campbell November 8, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I would not be so quick to embrace what you have learned from one book — a book which would replace the abstract world of mathematics (which I submit is not so quickly learned — or else we would not need to grade it) with things like changing tires or taking out a loan. You already know how to take out a loan — it’s exactly the same process you would used to buy your parents a Christmas gift, which school doesn’t teach either. Decide on what you need to buy, compare prices, and choose the lowest price that gets you the quality gift you need. Changing a tire is harder, but a quick read (that thing the book you read says students can quickly master) — mastering reading, followed by a quick read of the owners manual will tell you all you need to know about changing the tire on YOUR VEHICLE — for the instructions differ for nearly every vehicle. If you are concerned about not being able to properly change a tire, then the same thing you have done for everything else important you needed to learn will be sufficient — practice changing your tire. Practice washing and ironing your clothes. Practice being respectful. Practice disbelieving authority — such as the author of that book. You can even practice disbelieving me, but I’ve got about 50 years more accumulated knowledge since I was a teenager, and so you disbelieve at your peril.


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