October 22, 2007 5:22pm CST
Do you believe the teachers today are teaching our students what they need to learn to get them prepared for college and life? I don't think they are. I am a substitute at a high school in my area and have been in the same class since school began. I am basically teaching Carpentry. I have students that have taken this course two or three times. Unfortunately for the students, they weren't taught things that they needed to know. For example, they had no clue that math and carpentry go hand in hand. Nor did they know how to read a measuring tape. And the math that I gave them is something they should have known in 6th grade. And the high school students didn't know how to do it. I have students that don't know the majority of things they should know at their grade level. It makes me wonder what these teachers are teaching the students. It also makes me want to finish college quicker to become a student so that the students can learn what they need to know. What are your thoughts on the matter?
28 Oct 07
What you are teaching is truly great...that's really teaching for life...in fact that's what we need these days...students should be taught practical things which they could utilize at once...however, there is a mismatch between what is taught in schools vis-a-vis industry needs, so to answer your question as to whether teachers really teach students for college and for a vocation or occupation, I guess it's not much. Of course, students still learn a lot, but not in practical things. Education today emphasizes the intellectual or mental level, and very minimal training on the physical and the development of skills. Of course, this should be coupled with the teaching of proper moral values and/or character building...
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28 Oct 07
I agree with you. Students should learn practical things as well as intellectual things. I tried to tell the children that reading a tape measure is something they will actually use in life for different things. But, unfortunately, they didn't believe me. So, I had to explain what I meant. They did learn how to read a measuring tape! I am so proud of them. Thank you for your response!