One of the reasons I chose to go into education was to make people passionate about learning again. Something our society seems to be diminishing in many of our students. When I was in high school all you would hear is complaints about a teacher, a subject, having to take tests, nothing but complaints. Just once I would have loved to hear about how great that lecture was or anything positive. I will admit however that I would sometimes be upset with a mark, unwilling to study for a final or did not do an assignment. Once we become older we loose our enthusiasm, this may be one of the reasons I want to teach grade one. The younger you are the more fun you seem to have, the more you retain and the more you participate. A seven-year-old isn’t too worried about embarrassing themselves, they just want to lean and have fun. They are at their prime. The older you get the less you want to learn, the less important education becomes because boys/girls, parties or even a job becomes the priority. This I can understand to some regard as there are not only hormonal changes but life experiences come into play. When your young your life is simple, the older you become the more aware you become and the harder your life becomes, however this is also the time where people learn who they are, what they want to do with their lives and where they want to see themselves in the future.
Past theorists believed that children were a product, you filled them with knowledge and sent them on their way to be productive members of society. This theory has since been debunked, however some teacher still unknowingly pushes a similar idea into their classrooms. Some people still believe that school is just to learn, while others believe that school is life, school is everything. For example, in my grade twelve year I was; yearbook editor, I directed a one act play, I was in a play, I helped paint the sets for the main production, I worked the sound board for all school events, I was treasurer for my student government, I was a blood donor clinic ambassador, I filmed and edited the pep rally videos, I was the only student to take the advanced placement french exam, I was an honor roll student and I had a job. School was my life. I grew so much in that one year alone. I believe that with the right people and the right environment education could light up so many lives. Sadly, this may also be a tad unrealistic. For some people school can be a great experience but some people are just not able to excel in school. For example, I had a conversation once with a man who now owns his own very successful car repair shop. He was a very knowledgeable man, he spoke very well, and he was just smart plain and simple. Surprisingly he didn’t graduate on time with his fellow classmates, he had to do an extra year just because he didn’t have the light for education ignited by his teachers and his courses. He struggled with things like history and english. This does not mean he is not smart, because as I have said he is. School doesn’t always work for every one sadly.
It is not only the responsibility of the teacher to ignite a passion for learning, the student must also put in the time and effort. But in my opinion if more people became passionate about learning can you imagine what we would be capable of? the obstacles we as a society could overcome? This leads me into how I feel about school and curriculum. I think school is an amazing, supportive environment for some, but others are not treated the same, I have the luxury of being a white girl in Canada. My experience isn’t even relatable to say that of a black female in Africa. I wish school could be as inspiring of an experience for her as it was for me, but sadly many countries all over the world are not working, in many countries girls don’t have the right to education, or even the way the teachers evaluate the students. How can we expect student to be inspired by learning and education if they don’t have the right to one? One day I hope someone light the fire under these students so they may grow and become the best that they can be. Education can inspire if the students have the chance to truly excel and appreciate it.