The best thing taught in schools that doesn’t translate to “real life”


OK, this may be a rant.  Not in the same class as Rick Mercer but a rant just the same.

When I think of the good things that we teach in school, I’m reminded of:

  • the bus stops and picks you up at 7:47
  • attendance is taken at 9:05 and the National Anthem is played at 9:07
  • classes start at the appointed times and there is an allocated time to travel to the next class
  • lunch is at 12:00 and ends at 12:30
  • buses depart for home at 3:00
  • after school sports start at 3:30
  • homework needs to be done at the beginning of class for the next day
  • blah, blah, blah

I could go on forever it seems.

The educational system works like clockwork because of the clock!  There’s no flexibility in things.  There are consequences for missing a time or a deadline.

Imagine school in the “real world”

  • We’ll get your work returned to you between the hours of 9 – 5 on Monday.  Can you arrange for someone to be there?  Phone call Tuesday after lunch; we’ll return after 5 today.  Will someone be there?
  • We’ll schedule everyone for 8am and then take you on a first come, first served basis
  • We’ll give you the bits and pieces of things; you assemble it
  • You can get help by going on the internet and reading – just Google it
  • We don’t need to apologize; you need us
  • blah, blah, blah

Whatever happened to getting things done according to schedule?  Or on time?  Or consequences for not getting it right the first time?

Sigh.

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