Here's a Weird Question...

United States
April 7, 2008 4:35pm CST
I was surfing around here looking for some discussions to answer. I keep seeing discussions about high school and what people were like in high school and how some hated it and some loved it. High School was good for me, I was content there and I went to a good one. I had friends, learned what I was supposed and was impacted by a teacher who nurtured my writing abilities. To this day, I'm grateful for her and all that she taught me. That teacher was probably the best part of high school for me. She was amazing and taught me so much. As I was thinking about some of these high school discussions, the fact that American school are out of whack which leads me to this question. Look at this from your own high school perspective or maybe you have kids in high school. If you had your chance to build a perfect high school what would you include and what would you leave out?? It could be anything that you would change about a current high school that you went to or one that your kids go to now. This was just a random thought. So how would you build a "perfect", in your opinion, high school?? For me, I would have every teacher that was like my high school writing teacher. Teachers who actually get involved and nurture one's ability to take it as far as they can while making you a better person in that subject. Basically, teachers that don't give up on their kids. Thanks for reading.
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11 responses
• United States
7 Apr 08
I have issues with institutionalized learning. If I had more patience I would home school my kids. I hated high school and couldn't wait to get out and work for a living in a job where I wouldn't need to know who the 17th president of the US was, or the Pythagorean theorem. This is exactly why I never went to college. I didn't want a well rounded education. I didn't see the need to learn linear algebra to be a journalist, or to take a political science class to study to be a marine biologist. Not to mention the requirements of becoming an attorney. So I would like to respond to your question but I simply can't. Burn them all down and home school your kids just doesn't seem like what you were looking for as a comment :)
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• United States
7 Apr 08
It wasn't babes...but it is your opinion and that I look for. :) As I'm sitting here struggling in a math book as writing people do..I see your side. Math who needs this crap? Not I...LOL! Have a great day!
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@ebsharer (5519)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Having a well rounded education bring much more then just a career. It give you the abilty to think, to be parts of every discussion, to understand why things work the way they do. To use your example - why know algebra to be a journalist? What if you get an offer from a decorating magizine? That algebra that you hated so much might come in handy. I didn't finish college and I am sorry for that. I take classes here and there when I have time during my hectic schedule of working full time, raising 3 kids, and being a wife. You can never learn enough, even if it is political science.
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• United States
8 Apr 08
You have a point there eb... Good thinking!
@jhl930 (3607)
• United States
7 Apr 08
i really didn't dislike or like my highschool i was like in the middle to be honest with you because i really didn't like having to go everyday and not having the time ot do much else...and if it were me i would build a hs that included the best things and not make the kids go so long and i would have a policy against bullying and all of that because i saw a lot of that in my old high school and i really didn't like it then.. jhl930
• United States
7 Apr 08
Bullying should be done away with- absolutely!
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@anniepa (27123)
• United States
9 Apr 08
That's not a weird question, it's an excellent one. For my perfect school I'd want the same as you said, for every teacher to be like the one you remember so well and like a few I remember also - teachers who don't give up on their kids, teachers who can make their subject fun and interesting. Another thing, in these days of school violence, we need schools where our kids are better protected and where troubled students are dealt with before they turn to violence. Bullies must be dealt with immediately and not tolerated. I'm all for - sorry, kids! - a reasonable dress code that's actually enforced or school uniforms which would do away with the "class warfare" that exists in many schools. A school in my area switched to school uniforms a few years ago causing many parents and kids alike to be up in arms but now it's working out quite nicely. I'd also like the see the curricula become more flexible. All students need to know how to read and write well, obviously, and to have at least basic math skills but let's face it, how many of some of the other crap we learned in school have we ever actually used? There should be some kind of a "real life skills" course taught, possibly instead of making all students take biology, chemistry or ancient history. Annie
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• United States
9 Apr 08
I think Biology is a great thing but the rest can go away!! :) But I like your ideas as well. Real life skills and uniforms would make a mom's job easier for sure! Thanks for the response!
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@anniepa (27123)
• United States
10 Apr 08
I know, biology is necessary for some students depending on what they're planning on doing in the future. However, that frog I had to dissect didn't benefit neither me nor the frog one bit...lol! Annie
@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
8 Apr 08
Along with dedicated teachers the perfect school for me would also have standards which would have to be adhered to by both staudents and their parents. Too often this parent and that parent think that they should step in and force the schools to conform to their way of life so that it suits them and their children. I believe that plays a huge part in the break down of discipline that is so prevalent in schools today. The hands of the schools are literally tied while students have the run of the mill. So many parents refuse to take responsibility for the action of their children and will go around finding fault and correcting everyone but their own child. There is the parent who thinks its ok for their child to bully another child because to them its just part of life and should their child suffer the fate they rant and rave about the school doing nothing about it. Bullied and being constantly ridiculed and feeling like an out cast seems to lie at the heart of the major school shootings which have taken place. I would see to it that that was a number one enforced Do Not rule. Both rich and poor should feel at home in a school and no parent should be allowed to ditate otherwise for their own selfish means. Our society does not fare well from poeple trying to step on each other and the same is true for the schools. My one problem at high school was boisterous boys. I hated it so much I went to an all girls college just to escape them for awhile. (lol)_
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• United States
8 Apr 08
LOL...about the boys! You made a great point about parents. What's so sad is that it is completely true for many though not all. Bullying is a huge one for me as well, it just isn't right and needs to be made a no tolerance policy absolutely!! Thanks for the thoughtful response!
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
8 Apr 08
My old high school was like a large run down place when i went there to study... but nowadays... everytime i pass by there... i see a lot of improvements... new buildings... state of the art laboratories... and great teachers... just like the teachers that i had before... so the only thing that i would want for my school is for it to remain affordable for all those who cannot afford to study in expensive exclusive schools...
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• United States
8 Apr 08
That would be great a nice affordable school with higher standards for teachers. Thanks for the response!
• United States
7 Apr 08
SkinnyC, I agree with you here that good teachers make all of the difference in the world to a good education and great school experience. Much of my bad times came from the division of the HAVES and the HAVE nots. I spent an extraordinary amount of time, defending friends who were so poor they barely had shoes on their feet. Its one of the reasons I am an advocate for school uniforms. So many teachers turned a blind eye to the plight of the lesser advantaged children. I was somewhat in the middle, we were far from even being middle class but my mother did a good job with second hand stores and k-mart with clothing us. I guess for me I would have to endeavor to break down those class walls. Class as in social classes.
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• United States
7 Apr 08
Great answer!! Very nice and uniforms would be easier and better for those with less. It would also keep kids from wearing skanky clothing that they shouldn't be wearing at that age but their parents let them do it anyway. Thanks so much for the thoughtful response! :)
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• United States
8 Apr 08
I attended three different high schools and then dropped out my junior year, because the classes were boring and I would have to stay in school an extra year to graduate. If I could build my perfect high school, it would be like none other. I've actually thought about this often. First, I wouldn't hire any teacher with credentials. A top priority would be a degree in social sciences. Teachers need to understand human development, learning styles, and teaching styles. It has to be about more than simply cramming facts into a student's brain. Second, there would be very few mandatory classes. Also, lots of alternative education options, like dual enrollment in community college for college bound students, apprenticeship programs for trade bound students, and life skills programs for everyone. Third, I would expand the hours of operation, not requiring students or faculty be in attendance the entire duration. Say 6 am to 6 pm. This would allow early birds their peak performance times as well as late risers. Half of our ADD/ADHD problem isn't going to be solved with medication, a better course of action is to allow people to focus when they are best able to. This would also cut class times, provide more job opportunities, and possibly decrease some costs. Fourth, I would bring religion back into the schools. I special set of classes that are taught by non-biased, well educated, religious scholars. An offering of all the major religions in the world, so students can get the education and make their own decisions based on facts and wisdom instead of what their relatives or peers have to say. Lastly, I would not have an expulsion or suspension policy. Kicking "bad kids" out of school does not solve anything, it only teaches them that they are not loved and don't deserve it. Instead I would have well trained and experience counselors to work with these hard to reach kids. And Would also provide outlets for them to express themselves, via newspaper, contact sports(boxing,wrestling), creative arts programs(including drama and writing),and mediation. What do you think???
• United States
8 Apr 08
Awesome answer...Now if we could put it into play! That was great! I agree with you 100 percent, even on the religion. Religions should all be taught and kids should decide. As far as going to school at peak learning times, again your right on the money there but we would have to make sure that parents were proactive in that respect! I think this is my favorite answer so far! Thanks so much for the thoughtful response!
• United States
9 Apr 08
Where's my best response then? hehe(smiling) You made a good point, parents participation and involvement would have to be a must. However, the open hours could provide some type of before/after care programs where students could get hands on training in mechanics, childcare, food service, you name it the opportunities are endless. These would also provide an added income for the schools programs, decreasing the need for federal and state funding.
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• United States
12 Apr 08
Here you go Edgy...The BR is yours...I was torn between you and someone else but you got me with the religion. :)
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@ebsharer (5519)
• United States
8 Apr 08
I would have to say that I enjoyed most of high school. There were definatly those teachers that still stand out in my mind. If I had to build the perfect school, it would start on the beach. On the beach where you could take classes outside in the sun with the fresh, clean, crisp, salty, air. The school would be totally hands on. Instead of reading a book and taking a test on it. It would be read a book and do a project. We would actually measure the class room to figure out the square footage of it. The school would have a cafiteria of good foods not just junk. There would be a work out room for the kids to ENJOY after school. There would be classes about parenting, housekeeping, being a spouse, how to manage a checkbook, what a credit card REALLY is, public speaking. Things that actually pertain to life. Things that kids should be taught at home but some aren't. You would also have to learn how to add 3 + 3 with OUT a calculator. Kids would acutally have to read instead of going to get the book on DVD. I would want the school to be more fun. Learning can be fun if you get the right teacher. Thanks I think I'll open a school now lol!
• United States
8 Apr 08
I love it! Thanks for the response! How great would that school be if you were to open one like it! It would be a blast while actually learning life skills.
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@cmofi123 (344)
• United States
8 Apr 08
I hated High School mainly because my mom will not allowed my dad, to buy me clothes. So every week I will wear the same thing by the 5th day I had to repeat clothe. I hated it because of that, now academically I loved it, as much as I had great teachers I had bad ones. The perfect High School for me will be: 1. Less student's in a classroom 2. 1 teacher and 1 teacher assistant 3. Teachers salary should be based on academic achievement of his students. Why ( When I was in school many teachers will said, "I don't care if you don't learn this stuff I still get paid.") This way they will care about their student's learning. 4.Enhance high security level at all times. This will prevent fights and vandalism. 5.Don't kick student's out from school when they have committed an offense. Instead keep them in one classroom (as it was detention) as if he was taking home studies so he will complete his assignments. Why? (when students know that they will get kick out from school they tend to do this things on purpose, so they don't have to come to school anymore, now having this kind of program I can assure they won't want to go down this route. It's kind of reverse psychology.
• United States
9 Apr 08
I loved the reverse psychology aspect of your response. That would be something. I never knew what good suspension did when they kid purposefully tried to do something to get kicked out of school. Make them sit there, that's what I say! Thanks for the response!
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
8 Apr 08
Aperfect high school, an affordable one where everyone can enroll, full of activities to develop students abilities, skills and talents,great teacher force, motivated enough in theri respective field, small class size so there is an individual attention given to the kids,conducive classroom, green environment! I was in public high school before so didn't like the environment much!
• United States
9 Apr 08
Thanks so much for the response!
@Esoteric1 (866)
• Canada
8 Apr 08
me personally i didn't like high school well except for on a few occasions mostly i guess coz i was shy i didn;t like to participate in class i had friends but i had friends out of school too i really enjoyed gym like i guess most guys did but i found it to be lame never getting to play the good sports we all liked, but got stuck doing exercise and badminton grr oh and climbing the darn rope easy as pie but where is the fun? i don't know how i'd make the perfect school i'm sure i couldn't even make a good one but the teachers would have to be of the caring sort activities would be a must. speaking of high school my son starts at my old high school next year, i can hear the admins now oh boy ... not another one!
• United States
8 Apr 08
Thanks for the response!