Education is important. It is what will shape our children’s future. Today, though, education has taken on a new meaning. With technology playing a significant part in everyone’s life, schools and universities adjusted their curriculum to address the need to embrace technology. However, this is not enough ensure effective education.
There are a lot of things that can be improved on about American education. If the goal is to encourage positive changes in the system, work should begin now so the goal can slowly be achieved beginning next year.
Here are five ideas that can help improve the American education system.
1. Teachers Should Be Trained to Become Coaches
The main role of a teacher is to serve as a coach to her students. More than anything else, she is to guide her students through all the lessons and activities. She needs to help her students explore and develop their interests and strengths. Likewise, she needs to help her students achieve self-confidence. Education is not just about telling students what’s right and what’s wrong; it is about working together to achieve goals. This is what teachers in the American education system should be taught; this is what they should be trained to do. If teachers learn how to work with their students, learning will be an easy and fun process, and more students will be encouraged to give their best.
2. Teacher Training Should Be Regularly Refreshed
While there are a lot of well-trained and highly qualified teachers, there are also others who are not. For this reason – and many others – it is essential for teachers to attend refresher training programs regularly. Teachers in the American education system should not only be equipped with traditional teaching methods, but they should also be trained to adapt to the changes in society. For example, a technologically equipped teacher can ask her students to interpret a poem using the Microsoft PowerPoint program. Or she can ask them to do research work online. Innovation is needed inside the classroom.
3. More Critical Thinking, Less Memorization
Teachers should encourage their students to think critically. Instead of coming up with activities and tests that force students to memorize, it will be better if teachers develop activities that train them to become critical thinkers. Students should be able to analyze situations, problems, and the like. Teachers should do away with multiple choice quizzes or tests. Education becomes more exciting if it is challenging, Teachers should know how to catch the interest and attention of her students.
4. Teachers Should Bring Their Students Outside the Classroom
Learning is not confined to the four corners of the classroom. Therefore, teachers should find time to bring their students out of the classroom. You can go out and have your class in the campus field, or you can go on a field trip. If your students are learning about Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and all the other master artists, you can bring your class to the museum, where they can get reliable information about the masters and their masterpieces.
5. Lower College Education Cost
If college education cost is lowered, parents (and students) will no longer need to worry or stress out about where they can find the money for college. Students will be able to concentrate on learning.