by Breanna Monson
Why is hypocrisy becoming more and more accepted? We see it in our everyday lives and conversations, but now, we see it being unintentionally taught in schools. For over eleven years, I have seen the developments changing the public school system; however, these developments have also changed the school’s focus. We no longer go to school to learn, but merely to accept a grade. We are not treated as equals, but fall hard into a feeling of dependency and are learning as inferiors. This system has no proof of working, and quite frankly, is not teaching us how to change the world.
That is the purpose of school, right? To aid the rising generation in changing the world, making it a better place for all. I’m sorry to say, the school system is not necessarily helping with this. In the 1980s, a psychiatric test was conducted on schoolchildren. The results prove that these students had higher stress levels than mental institute patients in the 1950s. This trend is unhealthily increasing. Stress levels of our teenagers are off the charts, and have no sign of stopping.
This stress not only harms the body of students, but prevents them from truly excelling and reaching their potential. Stress blocks the brain from thinking clearly, and does not allow for accurate processing of information. When these two critical factors to learning are taken away, they are twisted into a hindrance for the child. The majority of this stress comes from school itself. The system pressures you to take all the classes you can, to prepare for college, and if you aren’t, or you are not ready, you are treated like an idiot with no potential. These courses all demand so much of each student, but it is not one class, it is multiple. How ironic that schoolwork is preventing each person from truly excelling at their schooling…
Not only is the homework stressing the students out, but the classes themselves. Missing one class can ruin your test score; missing multiple classes makes it nearly impossible to make up what you have missed, and save your grade. So, we have sick students trudging to school, infecting other students, because you just can’t miss one class.
This entire system is centered around grades. Your grades get you into college, your grades get you into college. This phrase is pounded into our brains from a young age. However, getting a decent grade is hard to come by. A 94% is an A grade. In other countries around the world, a 75% is an A. Speaking from my own experience, when the grade is challenging, but slightly easier to come by, you genuinely learn. My sports psychology course was unique in the fact that my instructor did not care about the assignment. If you did not approve of an essay topic, she would explain why she wants an essay, then ask you to write about that, not necessarily in the same format, but more applicable to the individual. If you were struggling, you could go talk to her, and she would sporadically count that as your assignment. As long as you understood the message, meaning, and lesson being taught, you got the grade you deserved. I have not yet seen such an effective class.
This way of teaching also keeps the student feeling as an equal. The majority of teachers are condescending and demand that they feel superior to the students they are teaching. There are teachers out there that state, “I will do no grading over the weekend. I am not your teacher over the weekend. I have a family of my own.” In that case, am I not your student over the weekend? I have siblings, parents, and friends that require my attention, but never receive it due to schooling. Teachers also take off time for vacations in the middle of the year. However, as previously stated, students cannot miss one single day of school without having severe consequences. We see this from our superiors and what are we being taught? We rely on instructors as examples, we are being forced to learn to feel inferior. This will not fly in the real world, for school is nothing like administration makes it out to be. When we are supposed to rise in the real world, we will not be taught as inferiors. We will not be doing work after we are released. We will not be changing the world through the learning of this hypocrisy so easily, and I acknowledge, unintentionally taught in our schools.