Inquiry question: with this new generation, should we be changing how and what we are teaching in school?
This is something I have always been interested in, and that i think more kids should be interested in too. Our schooling affects our entire lives for the good or bad. The fact is, this generation of kid’s, live in a completely different time then our parents. The world has changed immensely, introducing a completely new world online. The adults controlling what and how we learn were raised in a different time, even if you are only 25, the 10 year difference with the teenagers is significant. Kid’s these days face continuously more and more stress each year, schools are harder to get into, the cost of living gets higher and higher, and the world around us gets more and more interesting that learning about 100 years ago seems less and less important. In this topic I will be talking about old vs. new teaching methods, technology based school, introducing classes more related to this generation/being educated about all the new jobs out there, and addressing the stress and anxiety kids face every day from school.
The first round I want to start with a survey asking what kinds of things kids want to learn about. I find that in some of our classes here and there we talk about current events happening and controversial topics, but the lack of having a class that is dedicated to that is really disappointing for me. I was thinking that a class that was only dedicated to that might be a win with the students in high school. There are major things happening, climate change, our major use of plastic, the number of terrorist attacks etc. that kids aren’t educated about, but that’s our future, that’s the world that we are going into and in the end it is us that is going to be stuck with the problems. However that's not to say that all the classes we have now aren't equally or more important. So in this round I will look into the classes we should or shouldn’t have, the lack of education for the actual jobs out there and the results from the survey of what kids say they want, what is lacking and what they think needs to continue being taught.
This round I want to research the old vs. new teaching ways. I think it’s great that teachers are trying out new ways to teach, and I want to look into the different ways and new ways found of teaching. Something I learned recently which actually inspired me to do this topic, is that a few of the kids that i go to tutoring with, who are in middle school didn't have spelling tests and weren't properly taught their time tables in elementary school like we were. I do not know if this is part of the new curriculum in BC but that is something i want to find out. This round I want to also look into finding a healthy balance of old and new.
This round I want to research the pros and cons to technology based learning, what that would look like in classes, and overall how it would change learning. I think that right now schools are just kind of of in between where we still do a lot of work on paper and have some on computers. I think that there are obvious benefits like saving paper and the fact that kids are so accustomed to it, but that there are also things to worry about too.
For what I am pretty sure is the last round, I want to look into the extreme anxiety, stress and depression kids are facing. Obviously no one can say that school is the only factor contributing to it, but considering how much time kids spend at school, it being the main focus of our lives form the age of 4/5-18, and the fact that we have so much riding on our grades that it is a very big factor to consider. I want to look into ways we can help with this, I have so many people my own age suffer from this and it’s sad to watch knowing that no one seems to be doing anything to better the situation.