Have you ever wondered why we spend around 3570 hours in secondary school? This an extremely lengthy amount of time, yet we leave without having the slightest idea of how to deal with basic problems in the outside world.
In secondary school we are required to study roughly 10+ different subjects, which are broken down into many different topics. We do not study for the sake of actually learning the information to use during our lives, but to cram knowledge and use our short-term memories to recite it all during exams. Once exams are over, the majority of us forget all of the content we have spent years revising. Although we may be able to just about remember enough to pass the exam, it does not benefit us in the outside world if we don’t actually remember everything over a long period of time.
Trapped by the exam boards:
As students sit their GCSEs, we are all tested on specific mark schemes such as AQA, Edexcel, OCR etc. Overall, we are tested on a selection of topics and are not encouraged to learn anything that is not on the exam boards. As a result, we are limited to a very slim amount of knowledge, which is not at all useful because we should not be put in a mind-set which prevents us from doing a wider variety of research and reading around subjects.
There are apparently 30 human rights: do you know what they are? No, you probably don’t. Why? Our education system decides that learning about old, irrelevant theories of how illnesses were caused, such as miasmas, are more important than knowing what rights that you, I, and we all have. Funny isn’t it? What about paying taxes? Most of us teenagers have no clue how our parents pay tax or even know why they pay specific amounts. We should be taught and prepared for leaving school, and we shouldn’t just be told to decide whether we want to go sixth form or university, but actually be educated on what goes on beyond the walls of our classrooms. We should be aware of basic things that will help us do well in our futures.
This may not seem like something important to many of us students, but knowing how to get out of life-threatening situations seems like a more logical thing to learn rather than how to play tennis, unless you aspire to be a professional tennis player. Our society is becoming increasingly dangerous, and parents worry their child may not come home after school, while there is an increase in terror attacks all over the world. The threat level for the UK is currently severe, but in 2017, it has twice become critical. Important skills we could learn include things like how to get out of sticky situations, or how to make a quick but efficient phone call to the police. Unfortunately, our society is more dangerous than it may seem and students must be aware and prepared for what they could possibly end up facing.