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We always see the ads of the children in third world countries who don't get to school. These ads are supposed to show us that "school is a privilege" and that "others aren't fortunate enough to have schooling." But is it really worth it? In thriving, first world countries do the results justify the means when it comes to the education system? Many think that they do, but even more would disagree.
Mental Illness and Stress in Schools
An article posted in The Atlantic states that, "49 percent of students reported feeling 'a great deal of stress' on a daily basis." Another article posted by CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) states, "34% of Ontario high-school students indicate a moderate-to-serious level of psychological distress (symptoms of anxiety and depression). 14% indicate a serious level of psychological distress." These are serious problems facing the next generation that aren't being handled very well. Too many students being crushed under the stress pushing down on them caused by our society. We value grades over real intelligence, test scores over social interaction, and discipline over actual learning. Our education system isn't shaping adolescents into functioning citizens, they are mass producing "robots." Hordes of people completely unprepared for the world they have been tossed into. For many it is even more difficult, as they have gained anxiety or other mental illnesses from their experiences in school.
(References: Today's High Schoolers Are Way Too Stressed.(n.d.). https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/409735/
Mental Illness and Addiction: Facts and Statistics. (n.d.). https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/the-crisis-is-real/mental-health-statistics )
Post Secondary School
Another problem of our school system resides in the post secondary school system. This is just another way that secondary schools horribly under-prepare their students. Granted, secondary school prepares students pretty well for post secondary school. You learn how to take notes, study, and memorize information. But post secondary school doesn't effect students the same way high school does. High school can damage student mentally and emotionally through work based stress. Post secondary schools slap student with the harsh reality of financial stress. An article posted on "neuvoo.ca" says that an average part time wage is somewhere between $26,000 and $36,472 a year. Some of the most popular courses in university are engineering and technology (97,205 applicants) and computer sciences (67,885 applicants). The average total cost for an engineering or computer sciences degree is $46,950. That is just under double what the average student makes in a year. There are certainly cheaper options in post secondary education. But with these being the most popular options, it seems that the majority of students are going to suffer. They're going to suffer from financial problems and financial stress for, probably, the rest of their lives. Paying off countless student loans and credit cards. This is how our school system treats students. They are not preparing students with skills for the future, they are destroying their lives.
(References: The least and most popular undergraduate courses in the UK. (2018, April 20). https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/least-and-most-popular-undergraduate-courses-uk)
Can it be fixed?
Can it be fixed? The system hasn't changed much really ever. So why would it change now. People know that the system is flawed, yet it still stands unopposed. In my opinion, I don't think so. I think that the system has had "too much success" according to their standards to really change. The only way I can see the system changing is small changes to combat the problems caused. The school system won't work to stop these problems from happening. They will just put systems in place to deal with them once they have already occurred. The internet and parents worldwide are in uproar over the damaging effects of the system on their friends and families. But the message still isn't getting through to the people in charge. The people who decide how schools run are sitting too comfortably right now to change anything.
In conclusion, I hope that this article has shed some light on how the school system, in its current state, effects students. After you have read this I just want you to think about your schooling. Think if any of these things happened or are happening to you. If so, I am sorry that you have been or are currently a victim of the flawed school system. Thank you for reading this article.