Education: Past, Present, and FutureEducation, without it we would all be mindless wonders wandering around theglobe. Education is an important factor in our lives, but the past, present, andfuture of education is changing. And change it will until our education systemis the best in the world.
In the past, Education in America was plain and simple. We’ve all heardthe stories of how our ancestors used to have to walk to school 5 miles in thesnow in the heat of summer. These shameless exagerations were meant for us tothink that school back in the “good ole days” was very dificult and surpassedthe level of difficulty students today have. In reality, school, although mostearly schools were combonation classes with a variety of age groups as students.
Almost each individual was given an equal amount of personal help from theteacher. Also, life wasn’t as complecated as they are now. One teacher wouldteach the whole class a limeted variety of subjects such as arithmatic andenglish. Education was just eaiser when it first became popular.
Nowadays, in the present, school not only is a place to learn, it’s aplace to stress out. As I walk through the halls all students seem to have thatacademic nervousness. If you listen to the conversations that go on in the hallit’s always, “Ohh my gosh, Becky! I’m going to have a fat cow! I think I’mgetting a B in my chemistry class, and that is going to ruin my record.”Pressure is constantly put upon students to get “straight A’s” It is very rarewhen a student will not shoot for an A on a quiz. It’s human nature to succeed,but with the pressure put on us by the teachers, parents, peers, and colleges,it’s a heavy load to handle.
Now, scientists recently did an expiriment. They placed a child in aroom with some brand new toys. They left him there for a couple of hours and hedid not play with them. The scientists puzzeled took the boy aside and asked himwhy he did not play with the toys. The boy replied that he did not want to breakthem. So, scientists then took another child and placed him in a room filledwith horse manure. The boy was having fun swimming around in it, having a blastwith the horse manure. When the scientists asked the boy why he played with thehorse manure, the boy replied, “Well, with all of this horse manure, there hasto be a pony somwhere.” This story best relates to our education system. Nowwhile students may think that school is a waste of time, it has been proven thatit is really the key to lead us to the pony at the end of the rainbow. While wemay not like school, it will always benifit us in the long run.
The furture of education is changing ever so rapidly. New classes arestarting to emerge from the midst of old traditional classes that many newstudents have failed. It may be hard for some of us to face, but some studentsjust can not learn the same why as our parents did. Today, students need morehands on projects. They need things they can relate to the real world. Otherthen just learning concepts, we should be able to learn how, when, and why weshould apply those concepts into everyday things. Now, i’m not saying we strayaway from traditional methods in the future. I am saying that what we all needto do as a group is find a way to import those traditional methods in tofuturistic teaching, and use the traditional way of educating as a building basefor new methods in education. It can relate to a table, the new methods ofeducating being the legs and the traditional way, the table top. You need boththe legs and the table top before you can have a complete table. If you take onepiece away you are left with a worthless pile of wood, but when you combine allof the pieces together, the table begins to have some use and worth to it.
Education is something that has the biggest value of anything in theworld. It is an ideal that without it, we would never be able to live the way wedo today. It has come from a small, simple school, to a key to the future inonly the span of years.