A High School Sophomore Speaks Up

In a letter to The New York Times, a high school sophomore writes:

As a sophomore in high school, I can say that I have a genuine love for learning. But too often it becomes a thoughtless process with rote memorization where I simply cram for tests and then discard the information.

Instead of learning for the sake of the knowledge, I’m learning because I want to see A’s on my report card.

If America wants to foster an Einstein, as Thomas L. Friedman suggests, there needs to be less glorification of the perfect report card and SAT scores and a greater appreciation for the less obvious and more creative forms of intelligence that can’t be measured by filling in the bubbles of an answer sheet.

Emilie Parmlind
Florham Park, N.J., April 29, 2007

2 Comments on “A High School Sophomore Speaks Up”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I completly agree. My Algebra class just spent two months on graphing a line. I mastered the concept after a few weeks but because the majority of my classmates did’nt understand it I had to complete mindless repetative homework on the same stuff for a month when I wanted to read my Psychology book instead. The system is wasting my time.

    June 6th, 2007 at 4:23 pm
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  2. Lillian says:

    “But too often it becomes a thoughtless process with rote memorization where I simply cram for tests and then discard the information”

    I couldn’t agree more!
    But get this- Our entire HSc system (school leaving exams) are based aorund that kind of ‘learning’. Great, huh?

    March 19th, 2008 at 5:26 am
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