Imagine a world without schools. All the children will be illiterate and wouldn’t know how to communicate with each other. Everyone will be unintelligent. What will happen to the world? How will people work if they don’t have knowledge? I believe that the purpose of education is to give us knowledge. There are basic subjects and life skills that everyone should know. Education is the fruit of our future. Without it, there won’t be a future for any of us.
As I mentioned before, the purpose of education is to give us knowledge. There are many things that students can learn in school. However, the most important thing that students should learn first is how to be a good citizen. To become a well-rounded and upstanding citizen, I believe that students must learn about character. Now what does it mean to have good character? From an early age, students should learn responsibility, respectfulness, honesty, and kindness. Responsibility can mean a lot of things, such as dealing with an assignment that you have to complete. However, I think that responsibility is following the rules. Students should learn how to follow the rules.
Not only should students follow the rules, but teachers and staff as well. This will help establish a disciplined community inside the school. I think that respectfulness is treating everyone equally. It is essential in life to have good manners if you want others to respect you. The golden rule is treat others how you want to be treated.
Honesty is telling the truth at all times. This would save you from getting in trouble. Kindness is the quality of being friendly. Helping others can be an example of kindness.
All these character traits are what makes you an upstanding citizen. Parents shouldn’t be the only ones teaching these values to their children. Schools should cooperate as well. Schools should reinforce lessons about these character traits. The curriculum for education has never changed.
It has remained the same for many years. “This new age of high technology and access to resources and information means we need to re-think our system. Our world has changed and the education children are receiving aren’t preparing them for the modern world” (Courtney 2). The curriculum should still include basic academic subjects; however, it should also include life skills that students can apply to the real world. According to the textbook, three questions must be addressed for each curriculum development initiative: What should be taught? Who should decide? How will it be taught? (335). I think the curriculum for elementary school and middle school should include the basic academic subjects such as mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts.
In mathematics, students will learn problem solving skills. Problem solving skills are useful in life because it can help students learn how to handle difficult situations and solve problems. In science, students will learn how the world works.
Science allows students to engage in creativity. This will expand their imagination. In social studies, students will learn about the past and relate it to the future. They’ll learn to make the right decisions in this world. In language arts, students will learn communication skills as well as reading, writing, and listening skills. Today, there are six-year old’s and seven-year old’s who already own a phone and/or tablet.
Isn’t that crazy? They learn how to communicate through the internet and not physically in the real world. Students need to learn how to connect with other people. Students also should learn critical thinking skills. It is important for students to learn these basic academic subjects and life skills. However, in high school, students should be taught a college ready and career ready curriculum. This will prepare them for the future. The current high school curriculum doesn’t focus on the key concepts of paying bills, managing money, or how to attend a job interview. The Association for Career and Technical Education involves three skills areas: core academic skills to apply to difficult situations, employable skills that are essential in any career area, and technical, job-specific skills (Johnson 338).
High school students should be taught time management skills as well. Life gets harder and harder with age. Students should know how to balance their school work, social life, family time, and time for themselves without going crazy. All schools should provide this general education on these topics for all students in high school. It is important that the curriculum has extra-curricular activities such as volunteer service, sports, art and music programs, student government, etc. Extra-curricular activities help students discover their interests. This can help them decide what career they want to pursue whether it’s becoming a musician or becoming the next president.
Likewise, it’ll look good on their college applications. From primary school to secondary school, I believe that students should be taught about cultural diversity and equality. This world is filled up with many people with different cultural backgrounds and experiences. A multicultural education creates an effective learning environment for every student. Students as well as teachers will learn to appreciate the multitudes of cultures and people. In every education system, it is important that there is a multitude of diverse groups in the classroom.
With this, teachers can avoid child unawareness. A multicultural education brings equality in the classroom. When students learn to appreciate the differences of everyone, they’ll learn about equality.
It is essential to promote equality in teaching and learning. Students and teachers will learn to respect each other regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.