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, Iâ€™m learning because I want to see Aâ€™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 canâ€™t be measured by filling in the bubbles of an answer sheet.
Florham Park, N.J., April 29, 2007
2 thoughts on “A High School Sophomore Speaks Up”
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.
“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?