My Thoughts

How Blogging Shaped my Ideas

Before EDU 106, I had interest in the problems with Education, and how to fix them, but never had a place to express this. Blogging has made it easy for me to express my ideas publically and share my ideas for improvements with the world. These are my three favorite posts that I wrote as part of EDU 106:

I'm Sorry If I Ever Prevented You from Learning

I am deeply and sincerely apologetic if I ever prevented you from learning. I am deeply and sincerely apologetic that society has taught you that women need to wear “proper” clothing in school and in the workplace. I, even more so, am extremely apologetic that in the country of the “free”, our education system has taught you that women are distracting when showing skin: a part of them that men also share. What am I most apologetic for? The fact that from kindergarten all the way to my senior year of high school I was subject to my outfits and what i wore that day instead of the knowledge in my head. That I would be taken out of class just to discuss my apparel instead of letting me LEARN. Instead of letting me do the thing that we are meant to do in school. If someone is distracted that I wore a tank top because it’s 95 degrees out, then that is their issue to fix, not mine. They should be taught the values of their education and redirected to anything besides my human shoulders. I’m sorry that young men have been taught by the education system that they can wear what they’d like but I, their female counterpart, must be conscious because I may be a distraction. They, not a distraction on me, though. The day I become a teacher is the day there is one less teacher restricting what students may or may not wear in my classroom.

Greg McVerry

A Lack of Individualized Learning

t took me until Junior year of high school for a teacher to finally give a shit about me. To be quite honest that is an embarrassment for the education system. No student should have to admit that they felt like just a number, but unfortunately that is the truth. My U.S. History teacher my junior year in high school taught me so much about the future teacher I hope to be, by individualizing tests and projects to individual preferences and needs to improve learning statistics, making the class valuable and memorable for students. Since his class, I have come about very few teachers or professors who share this same method in order to improve learning. For example, I was forced to drop a class this semester because of a professor who refused to help or change his way of teaching because he was defensive and arrogant. He truly believed that there was one way to learn and it was off of the one way he taught, and this was unconventional for most. The biggest flaw in my eyes that the current education system has, both secondary and college, is that there is no individualized learning or room for growth. I personally believe the best way for growth is to read and understand material, and be given an open response or way to show an understanding for that material in any way a student pleases to maintain a group of students who learn the best way they feel they can.

Greg McVerry

A Testing Epidemic

Unfortunately, in disregards to my old soul that loves writing essays and reading for fun, I grew up as a millennial taught to take tests rather than learning. This in my perspective is by far the single worst characteristic of today’s learning. For those who have adapted well to test taking and are now at prestigious schools due to their ability to guess the right multiple choice answer, hooray for you. For the rest of us that are not programmed robots and actually have souls and creative minds of our own, we have been failed by this new system in which ranks up by a number from our SAT’s or ACT’s. Somehow the most important and personal part of a college application, the college essay, has become practically irrelevant, making almost every student a number in the eyes of higher education. No longer is it important to understand the minds and experiences of a person and their goals for their lives; we have all become SAT scores, waiting for one lucky college to pick us out of a group in which we are practically all the same. And the biggest issue I have is this: Tests do not teach us information, knowledge, the ability to read, write, or speak. Tests teach us to memorize a series of data over and over and over again in order to spit it back out and receive an A, only to forget it 10 minutes after the test. Tests do not present personal opinions, room to form opinions, or growth for the mind. Tests are a world where one answer is the right answer, and everything else is partial to no credit. And for this is why tests have forced our incoming citizens and upbringing students to be mindless and unopinionated. To be followers amongst the adults because they haven’t formed their own thoughts or opinions. Individuals who cannot elaborate or speak clearly because they were not used to writing or reading; they were just taught to spit out memorized information and pick out the correct sentence in a group of four options. THIS among other issues is what needs to be changed most in our society.