Hi guys!

This is my fist round of research for my new cycle. 

My topic is:

With this new generation, should we be changing how and what we are teaching in school?

This round I will be discussing 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.

I'm really interested to see what other kids think.  I could find out that other kids don't have any issues with the school system, or that everyone feels like changes need to be made.  (1)The real struggle is that all kids learn differently. Witch makes it nearly impossible to find a way that 100% of kids find works.

One of my questions in the survey I did was:

What classes do you think need to be added?

(2)The results were all quite similar.  Most students said they wanted a class of

  • current events
  • the actual job opportunities out there now a days
  • a clearer and more realistic class dedicated to finances
  • a class that educates you more about grad applications and preparation in general 

(3)(4)Taxes, finance and budgeting and general adulthood things such as sustainable living and buying a car are all part of what should be taught in school.  

(5)Taxes, finance and budgeting need do be taught.  Canadiens owe $1.568 trillion dollars.  As well as the average student graduating with around $25000 in debt.   when it isn't bein taught in school, how are kids supposed to know?  As a result the average kid doesn't comprehend how to save, spend and share.

(6)  Sustainable living "describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society’s use of the Earth's natural resources, and one's personal resources. Its practitioners often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.”

Should we not educate kids about how to keep the earth healthy?

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51.7% of students answering my survey said that they are happy with the classes we are taught.  Personally I find it really easy to say well the things we learn in school don't help me in life, why are we learning about the 1900 when we can focus on now? why do I need to learn this complicated math?  But those are important.

(7) For example, social studies teaches us about numerous things including: law, politics, economics, history and much more.  As we get older, it is necessary to know about our economy, even if we start with hundreds of years ago, it all connects back to now.

I knew for a fact that I was never going to use anything to do with math when I was in middle school, so I didn't understand why I had to learn it still.  Now I have realized that I want to be a teacher.  If I had stopped math, I would be unable to do what I want to do.

(8)  As well as the fact that math is everywhere and that you use it for everyday things, there are more reasons it is important to take.  Math stretches your mind.  It's is very very difficult.  Most people who don't naturally understand it on the first try (myself included) have come to the conclusion that they just aren't good at math.  When they need to understand that we need to put the work in.  Math teaches the skills to work through the difficulty to get to the other side. 

Those are just a few examples of the classes I have doubted myself before.  

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(9)It's no secret the world has evolved immensely in the past 210 or so years.  With these changes, new jobs are created.  This is a list of examples of jobs that didn't even exist 10 years ago.

  1. App developer
  2. social media manager
  3. uber driver
  4. driverless car engineer
  5. cloud computing specialist
  6. Big data analyst/data scientist
  7. Sustainability manager
  8. YouTube content creators
  9. Drone operators
  10. Millennial generational expert

It is predicted that 65% of jobs that kids In primary school will be doing haven't even been created yet.  The wold is changing quickly and the jobs with it.

So that being said shouldn't we be trying to keep up with the latest technology.  Shouldn't we be encouraging people's strengths instead of shutting them down?  Now a days people have careers playing video games.  that doesn't mean that we should encourage kids to neglect school, but maybe being able to educate kids about the real work world and all the possibilities out there. 

 (ps. sorry about the weird fonts and colour I can't figure ot how to change it

 (1)  https://educationcentral.co.nz...s-learn-differently/

(2)  https://www.pa-mojabutterfly.c.../the-changes-we-need

(3)  https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/...ould-teach_n_4576389

(4)  https://www.theodysseyonline.c...-be-taught-in-school

(5)  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada...nd-at-home-1.3212530

(6)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_living

(7)  https://sciencestruck.com/impo...ching-social-studies

(8)  https://medium.com/@gauravkulkarni/the-importance-of-learning-math-and-science-a62e220623f5

(9)  https://www.weforum.org/agenda...-exist-10-years-ago/

Original Post

Hello Catherine,

This is a very interesting topic you seem to be looking into! I have to say I agree with a lot of those points, we don't learn anything really in school taxes or finance or taking care of a car, things that we are practically 100% guaranteed to need to learn in the future yet we aren't taught them. I feel though that the teaching system has kinda been changing a lot from when we were little, cause for instance before in grades 1-8 just about all the work we did was on paper or written, rarely did we type things out. Now, I use a computer for all of my classes practically, programming for obvious reasons, but English, for example, we no longer write things down but rather type all our stuff. So I think there are changes happening just that they are more so to how we are learning rather then, what we are learning. I really do find this topic of yours interesting, I can't wait to see how your next round goes.

Hopefully, these sites may be of use to you:
https://www.goconqr.com/en/exa...teaching-techniques/
https://www.gettingsmart.com/2...improving-education/
https://www.thisisinsider.com/...ght-in-school-2018-8
https://thebestschools.org/mag...cts-mandatory-arent/

Hi Catherine! 

Interesting topic you're researching about! Fair enough, I've had these thoughts too. Why do we need to study about the past when we are just morphing to the future? What's the point, is a question all students have most probably asked a dozen times. I also really liked the list of 10 jobs that did not even exist 10 years ago! You're right, the world is evolving fast and students should have the opportunity to learn stuff that goes well along the speed of this "technology evolution." I am really excited to see what you have in store for us. 

Here are some sources that might be good use: 

https://globalnews.ca/news/371...n-school-but-should/ 
https://www.psychologytoday.co...dren-think-and-focus 

Best of luck!

Hi Catherine, 

I really like your research round! You brought up some great points, such as the job positions that exist now and didn't exist 10 years ago, as well as encouragement of the importance of education and supporting kids' different passions. About the former point, I find it very interesting that in the future so many new jobs will be created thanks to the development of technology, but there have been/will also be the abolishment of so many other jobs that existed due to the lack of technology. Some examples are lamplighters and ice cutters, people that had to do manual jobs because technology was not present to aid them (if you want to read more about these, I found a link: https://www.boredpanda.com/ext...utm_campaign=organic). There are countless careers that were available decades and are not now present because of the development technology. This can spark some debates, specifically that of the effect of technology and whether it is positive/negative in light of career availability. Just an idea if you're thinking of looking into this area of research. Hope this helps!

Hi Catherine!

I personally believe that the things that schools teach are getting worse, but that is just my own personal experience. You see, in elementary school I was part of a challenge class, and I really loved it. It taught me so much and I connected with so many of the people there, many of which are still my friends to this day. That class really taught me how to direct my overactive imagination and my energy to something good. My brother was in a similar situation, except by the time he was old enough to join the program, it had shut down. The school spent so much money on making "advancements" that they could no longer pay the teacher who taught the challenge class. My brother used to be very similar to me, but his personality was shaped differently because he lacked the proper resources to grow as a person. Schools have to give things away in order to make room for advancements, so I think that we should think more carefully about what these changes would cost us. That's just my opinion, and not everyone might have the same view on things as me.

Good luck on the rest of your project!

-Jasmine

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