February 1st, 2015

By Austin B. Hahn

Dear Journal:

Here’s food for thought: If a single teacher can’t teach all the subjects, then how could you expect a single student to learn all the subjects?

I love the Internet! I find all kinds of great, intellectually stimulating quotes that challenge institutions and norms.

Speaking of which, I’ve been thinking a lot about my 17 years as a student in the education system. (I’ve been going to school since 1998!) I just can’t shake something: how is it that although prominent psychologists, such as Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg, have argued that people possess different types of intelligence, and despite that “we all possess different intellectual strengths and weaknesses,” we’re all taught the same way and expected to learn every subject (Lilienfeld et al. 326-28)?

We all have different abilities. For example, some people are quick on their feet such as Serena Williams. Others are quick on their knees like Monica Lewinsky.

Furthermore, why do we still sit down in a classroom to listen to someone talk for 2 to 4 hours, be quiet, then go home or to work and pretend that we absorbed everything that the instructor talked about? While this method of teaching may work for auditory learners, not everyone processes information the same way.

I’ve said it once before, and I’ll say it again: the education system needs to be revamped! It’s about as old as Betty White’s vagina. The only change I have  seen is that students can take courses online. Come on, though. You didn’t see Elizabeth Taylor at 75 wearing a bikini with her tits hanging out. She knew that after so many years it was time to put them away, so why can’t we do the same with our outdated education practices?

Source

Lilienfeld, Scott O., et al. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2014. Print.

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