By Zoe Colsenet, Year 12
I don’t know if you’ve realised it yet, but students are robots. Robots that have no creativity or individuality, and that have been intellectually harassed for centuries.
Over the years, we have improved our way of living. Our TVs, phones, cars, houses, medical treatment – almost everything has changed for the better. Except for one thing: our schools. If you look at a picture of a school from 1890, it is the same picture of a class in 2018. Students sit in rows quietly, raise their hand to speak and aren’t allowed to go to the bathroom without permission. Students are taught to compete for 7s like grade A meat. In today’s modern world, we don’t need robots to help us fight climate change or ISIS; we need creativity, independence, and critical thinking. This is not what the schooling system teaches us.
Be aware though, I am not blaming the teachers for this catastrophe we are living in. I am blaming the government officials, who have never taught a day in their lives, and believe tests and exams are what show a person’s intelligence. Teachers are often seen as the villains, but in fact they do not have many options, which is quite sad. They must follow the rules in the same way we do.
Parents tell their kids to do well in school, in subjects like math and science. “That’s what will get you far in life”, they say. The truth is that those subjects aren’t any more important than art or dance. These subjects allow students to have some creativity and freedom, but even then they must follow the rules or be kicked out of class. The harsh truth is that rules are meant to be broken, so that we can be free, because in the end, we are all in the same sad place. The people sipping fancy wine on the top of the Titanic are the same as the people below deck. Students are the iceberg that is going to break the educational rules and help the world by having a voice.
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