Please forgive me, but if you are reading this entry I ask you to prepare yourself for content that is slightly nerdy. Be prepared!!! J (Sung like the Lion King song) Alright, I am here today to ramble on to you about the English program in secondary schools, that should be applied to a variety of subjects therein the entire education program in general. Do not misunderstand my statements; this post is not to complain about school, homework, work, etc. I am actually a huge fan of it; I love school. I absolutely do. School is my real home, just like Harry Potter. Just like Harry. I could spend my whole life in it. This sensation could be so extremely strong due to the fact that I am forever surrounded by a group of amazing students, but I am also intrigued by learning. I love to learn and be creative.
My favourite subjects (thus far) include drama, math and science. Personally, however, I adore the components that should be associated with Art and English. Art allows you to be creative through drawings and visual creations. However, the Art program within the secondary system is so regulated and time consuming that it is hard to enjoy. Art, however, still has a bit of room for its creativity allowance to remain.
I find, however, that the English program has been suffocated to too strong of an amount. I love writing stories. Yet, in English, whenever we do writing assignments I am found unhappy because they are normally about a particular topic the teacher has chosen that is difficult to interest oneself in. The English program also forces students to read literature that, in my opinion, could cause anyone to dislike reading. In this subject, I also find myself intrigued by learning a high vocabulary and better grammar. In secondary school, however, we find ourselves with a lack of teaching on either of these subjects. How are we to improve our skills if all we do is write essays and read books, not to mention the profound lack of any feedback besides a percentage?
Our school system needs to be changed to encourage the love and desire to learn. We should have a system that allows us to learn the components of each subject of our choice, because we know best what we our struggles are in most subjects, and we will be more likely to maintain the information learned if we were to choose a branch of that subject that is to our liking. (I believe this should start in secondary school because elementary school should be used to expose students to the different options without choice because they may find themselves enjoying a branch they never thought they would.)
I love education, and always will, but I think we need to help our students in a different way as to encourage the desire to learn new things and increase their knowledge in the subjects they will use in their future or that they realize they lack skill in.