Are We Learning Enough?
Chloe Wang, Division 1, 6th grade #ws18e-s3d1

In elementary school, one instructor usually teaches most of the subjects, which means many students are in the same class learning the same instructional materials for the entire 180 days of each school year. Given that most elementary schools use this educational system, it is significant that the curriculum is appropriate but strong. There are many ways to make a school better but one of the most important features is making sure students actually learn something each day. To make this happen, their minds have to be challenged by what they are doing. However, are our children’s minds being motivated academically?

On average, kids learn for about five hours each school day and there is a total of 180 days in a school year. If we, students, were to learn a total of eight hours per day, we would learn all the curriculum from first through twelfth grade in approximately 3.7 years. Well, does that sound incredibly shocking? Since this is a valid calculation for educating our kids in most public schools in the United States, there is an absolute necessity for a strong curriculum that will prepare our children for advanced studies in college. Yet many children are bored in class because teachers are not teaching to the academic abilities of their students. Differentiation to meet the needs of each student is not practiced in most classrooms.

By differentiating the curriculum, teachers will meet the needs of all the students in their classroom. Those who should be challenged will be and those who need remedial lessons will receive necessary support. Students should be split into three groups: the students that struggle, the students that are in the middle of the learning curve, and the students that are not challenged. Teachers instruct to the kids’ abilities and the gap between learners will not be so far apart. Kids will get to learn at their pace.

Another way to help make education better is to provide healthier and more nutritional food in school cafeteria. Many students are suffering from obesity, which will lead to adult diabetes and other heart diseases. One of the problems is that school provides foods that are high in fat and sugar content. Cafeteria should provide leaner meat and lower sugar content food items in hot lunches by including all the food categories in a meal with around 500 calories. Also, the option of a vegetarian meal should be considered.

Overall, schools should teach students new knowledge by arranging students with the same academic abilities into groups, bridging the gap of learning. Educational institutions should be aware of the increase in children’s obesity and decrease the fat and calories intake by providing more nutritional lunches. After all, the purpose of going to school is learning, preparing students for advanced education, developing a better life-long eating habit, and being a responsible and productive citizens. The progress of humanity depends on our future generations and it is society’s duty to lead them to the right path.
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