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?


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

  1. And yet the strange thing about this is the negative comments I hear from people about Growing Success is that it’s not helping kids understand the consequences in the “real world.” But in how you described it, maybe it lines up even more perfectly than we think (at least in regards to the deadline piece).


    P.S. I happen to really like Growing Success, but that’s another story.

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