My philosophy of learning hasn’t always been the same since I’ve been going to school. It’s safe to say that I’m a different learner now than I was in middle school. I remember finishing elementary school with such a positive mindset because school at the time was so fun and engaging. I started as the type of learner that would just take notes, do homework, and complete assignments. In other words, I was just doing the bare minimum for the class because I just wasn’t motivated. The things we learned at school seemed irrelevant and I don’t think I could name one class that I genuinely enjoyed learning the information in.
By the time I started high school I was completely burnt out because of all the busy work and information that was force-fed to us in previous years. At the time I was already mentally exhausted with life, school seemed like a burden. When reading the article What if We Radically Imagined the New School year? It states, “ What if we made space to acknowledge the fear, anxiety, frustration and confusion students, staff, and families are feeling? …What if we made space to acknowledge the anger and demands of students?”( McCall 1 ). School staff should acknowledge the difficult transition from middle school to high school. In my opinion, teachers should realize that some kids are tired of learning the same way that students did in middle school. Teachers should make high school a place where students wake up every morning and are excited to learn, not the opposite.
Currently, everyone around me is worried about grades or what college they will get into. This can be incredibly stressful for someone who has no idea what they want to do after high school. It feels as though we are all robots taking the same classes working towards the same goal, which was to be the “ideal worker”; rich and successful. From a young age, we didn’t have any say in what classes we could take which limits our ideas on what we could do in the future. A majority of high school students don’t know what they want to be when they’re older because they haven’t had the chance to explore any other classes other than what they learn in their standard English, Math, Social Studies, and Science classes. In the article, Why go To School? It says, “…giving students some control over what they study and how they show their learning. Children should have regular opportunities across the curriculum to initiate learning… and learn about their own interests.” (Stephen Wolk) Since I got to choose some of my courses for school this year based on what I find interesting, I see myself wanting to do the homework and learn. For example, this year for english I chose CST because I wanted to read relevant texts. This class motivates me to make a of change for the world in the future.