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As someone who just barely started high school, what would I know about the educational system? Well, after all, I have been attending school for nine years, which is enough for me to understand the flaws of the system. In this story, I will be talking about the scheduling of school, the way that teachers teach, and the overall affect of school.
Schools all over the world have a wide gap of scheduling. Some schools start the year in the middle of the summer, while some start later in the year. Some schools start the day as early as seven in the morning, while some start as late as 12 in the afternoon.
There are many proven points on why starting the school day too early may be damaging for a student. First off, an average human's brain does not begin to function properly for three to four hours after waking up. You can definitely train your brain to start functioning before, but this will end up with you needing to wake up as early as four in the morning. Not only that, but students will be groggy and tired in class and have weaker participation.
The solution to this problem is to start the day no earlier than nine, or even ten, in the morning. Have you seen how many students complain online that they have to wake up when sometimes it's not even sunrise yet, when it's still night?
Another scheduling problem is ending too late; both the day and the year. Is a two-month break really enough comparing to the ratio of a ten month year? I wouldn't say so. A great time to end the year would definitely be around the beginning of spring. A day of school should not end too late. I have left school when the sun was beginning to set. I end school at 4:30 sharp.
Most schools end around 3:00 in the afternoon. Some schools end even earlier, which I think is great. I believe a school day should not end later than two in the afternoon.
The last scheduling problem that I have looked down upon was break, including lunch. I don't know about other schools, but I have a 45-minute lunch, with 15 minutes break time total. This to me isn't enough. I want to have time to eat and still have an hour to do whatever I please.
A simple solution is to take one to three minutes off from each period and put it into lunch. Students need to cool off during the day.
Next, is how teachers teach, or more respectfully; how the curriculum is built. Textbooks are too expensive, too much of a waste of time, and too boring. Textbooks should be completely removed from school as they can easily be outdated in a matter of months.
Most schools have Chromebooks or laptops for students to use, so nothing you find is outdated. Mine both has laptops and textbooks, yet I really do not want to use the textbooks. Teachers should also put effort into teaching their students in a way where the students will be the most happy and entertained, yet still be educated.
For example, use Kahoot!; a very much loved game, more often. We should also try to use less paper and start using technology more. I really think it will get the students to be more productive.
Lastly, students are (sometimes) responsible enough to choose their seating, so why not let them choose? If they want to get a good grade, they would seat themselves with someone they trust. At least that's something I would do. If a teacher sees a student has got into trouble too many times because of their seating partner, the teacher should, with no problem, move the student.
Lastly, how much does school affect my life? When in life will I need to know the Pythagorean theorem? Probably never. Also, how come my parents don't remember most of the things they were taught? I had consecutive talks with my father, asking him questions, and he mentioned how school strengthens my knowledge.
So, I go to school for eight hours a day, five days a week, ten months a year, and 16 years, just so I can strengthen my knowledge. Why not end school after the eighth grade? Don't I know enough?
Or, maybe once you reach middle school, you should be able to choose your classes. I knew in grade six, I would never like science, and this still is in effect, three years later! The effect of school is not strong enough for how much I have and will have gone there.
In conclusion, school is pretty tough and takes up a big part of our life. Once again, I am in high school. So I have yet to know how much it will change me.