After reading through 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us, I thought about how I experienced each of those truths throughout grade school. I could remember a time that each of these 9 statements applied to my own schooling. I am a firm believer that each of these 9 elephants are a real concern in our schools today.
The first thing that really stood out to me was ‘We know that we’re not assessing many of the things that really matter for future success’. This is something that I had previously thought of before reading this article. While I was in grade school I was going though situations in my life that required me to grow up faster than normal kids at my age. It would have been nice to learn how to manage money and strategies for your everyday life. Things you have no clue about after you move out of your family home at 18. I wish that schools had covered some of that more.
The second thing that really stood out to me was ‘We know that grades, not learning, are the outcomes that students and parents are most interested in’. This is a major concern because just because a student might get an A on a project does not mean that they understand it. Another thing students worry about is remembering enough to get a good grade and then dumping all that information as soon as the test is over. We might need to stop putting such emphasis on grades and look more into how much a student can tell us about a subject.
It is crazy to think about how the education system is just winging what schools teach to the best of their ability. Schools teach a lot of information that a student may never use another day in their life. However, if they incorporated more life skills into their curriculum and not just making them electives, there may be more successful people out there. I think that the more real life situations you give to your students the more they will come to understand what type of career they would like to work towards when they graduate.