Schools, the Curriculum, Teachers, and our peers, shape the adults we become. School, despite all of its importance, is deeply flawed.
The classroom is where we spend most of our youth. The setting sets us up for most of our university life and even our adulthood. The methods that the teachers use to interact with us can change our perception of school which can change our attitude to it. This can affect us for the rest of our lives, because not putting enough effort into school can affect your career and your ATAR.
As a Year 8 boy in school, I have experienced a lot of things. And in the nine years that I’ve been at school, my friends (who are boys) and I, have come to the realization, that the way teachers treat the boys and the girls is completely different. For example, teachers expect the boys to be perfectly mannered all the time like most of the girls. However, boys mature much slower than girls leading them to act rowdy and loud in the classroom. Yes, boys most definitely must be behaved, but in some situations, especially when ADHD is more present in boys than it is in girls. My friends and I have also noticed that teachers are much softer to girls in the sense that if they speak, they do not get in trouble, whilst on the other hand, when a boy so much as moves a muscle, they are yelled at. An example I can give is in our year 7 Arabic class. My friend and I were sitting next to each other doing our work, and the girls were on their laptops. In this Arabic class, going on our laptops was strictly forbidden unless a task was assigned. So my friend and I pointed out to the teacher that they were on their laptop and she did nothing. Later that same lesson my friend and I brought up a conversation. We were both threatened to be sent to the vice principal. Another instance was all the girls were allowed to sit next to each other when they wanted but the boys had a strict seating plan, which started before the teacher had some experience with us, suggesting she was wary that the boys would talk and split us up before giving us a chance, whilst the girls without fail, almost every lesson engaged in conversation.
The schooling system in which we are being taught information is also wrong in many ways. Because when you have a set of A different types of students, with B different types of mindsets, and C different types of knowledge, and you put them all into the same room in which they learn the same lessons, their knowledge is bound to be restricted. For example, in our school, you get to choose your own subjects for HSC in Year 11 and 12, which gives you only two years to get proper amounts of information on the subject that you are going to be studying in, which is hardly enough. Students should start in primary school to learn the subjects all together, but once in high school, they should be able to pick their subjects so they get ample amounts of time to learn for HSC. Also, what if a student one hundred percent knows what they want to be during high school. If they know what they want to do, then why should they be filled with useless information.
Another also big part of the negatives is the ATAR system. It doesn’t accurately take your mark. For example, scaling is a big issue. This is when your marks get lowered or higher depending on the overall average of your class. Imagine I get a 92.45, and the rest of my class get around the 80 mark. My mark will then be lowered to keep the class average
In conclusion, in my opinion, our schooling system is flawed in many ways that include the gender equality treatment, the time you get to choose your subjects, and ATAR system.
The School Curriculum by Noor Elkadomi,