School system needs change, Editorial


Dakota Watts, Editorial

Have you ever thought school was hard? Well, I have. Schools talk about preparing students for the future, yet they haven’t really changed with time. Albert Einstein once said, “If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Not only does the school system make it climb up but they make it climb down and do a ten-mile run.

Think about a car 100 years ago, now think about a car today. See the difference, the change, the adaptation of the car? Also, think of (or google) a classroom from a hundred years ago, now think of your classroom today. Not much change, right?

Now, I understand school can help us grow and get smarter…but at what cost. I talked to Mrs. McGinnis a teacher here at Greenwood High and she had this to say about the length of classes, “I think that we should have a block schedule for math because it works for math, not all classes”. I also talked to Mrs.Griffin I asked her about her opinion on what the most positive change the school could make “To have students be less self absorbed, and to become more self sacrificing”.

 I also asked her about her opinion on classes based on the kinds of jobs kids want as they get older, “I think there should be more vocational classes for kids who want more routes than college-bound; more classes like home economics and welding”.

Did you know that “factory model schools”, “factory-model education, or “industrial era schools” are terms used to describe educational organizations and facilities. What that is saying is that schools were based on factories. Just think about it. It’s true, they make kids sit in assigned seats in neat rows (like when u get a factory job you get an area assigned area for work), and they make students compete for a better grade (what factories do with better quality). In the words of Prince Ea, “We don’t need to make robot zombies. The WORLD has progressed. We need people that think creatively, innovatively, and independently”.


Stock photo. 1920’s classroom