The Perils of Industrial Age Education
Patrick Feng, Division 1, 5th grade #ws18e-s3d1

A “ traditional model of education... a one-size-fits-all approach” (John Baker, Huffington Post author 2013) is industrial age teaching, making our education system 200 years behind and limits the mind. Children need to be placed in classes not according to age but according to skill as kids may become bored if they already understand everything that is taught. One simple way to fix this problem, while at the same time help those who are frustrated academically, is to reform the school system, placing students into the grade levels that they are academically fit for. This can be accomplished simply. At the beginning of the year, since everyone must take a MAP test, the score would determine which grade they go into. It’s that easy! If the child doesn't make it to the grade level he or she thinks they should be in, they can study over summer or get specialised help. If a child improves and thinks that the class is too easy during the middle of the school year, he or she can tell the teacher and the teacher will set up another test.

We must stop industrial age teaching. Instead of making students follow directions without asking questions, teachers and educators need to spark the creative mind. Imaginations need to be expanded; imagination is what makes us human beings. The STREAM program, a program that explores the ideas of mankind, is a good example of a great learning environment as it encourages the ability to use imagination, which the school system takes away. Furthermore, teachers must do a better job of listening to their students.

Students might have wonderful ideas that can improve the working environment or maybe even help the school become a better place. According to the vice president of learning at Quora, Adam Lupu, “Learning happens when we think things.” Thinking is what the school system is lacking. It’s cramming a lot of what knowledge into the student’s head like Sacramento is the capital of California. The system should be sparking the creative mind by asking why and how questions: Why are you not asking why and how questions? These questions engross kids in topics. And kids are learning as they think about these topics.

This placement system that sparks the creative mind is the most beneficial to students. It challenges some while making sure that the subject isn’t too hard for others, addressing the well being of all students. Placing students in the grade levels for which they are best suited academically treats all students equally, despite their differences.

Imagine the perfect classroom - A place where everyone is treated equally. A place where people young and old can make social connections. A place where everyone learns. A place where a river of imagination flows and walls are plastered with the words how and why. In conclusion, schools should use placement tests to reform the education system, ensuring a cheerful and challenging school environment.
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