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I wanted to reblog this well-written post because it did not come from the United States. It didn’t even come from a teacher, but it is a topic that teachers grapple with on a daily basis.

Sue Ann's Balcony

Many adolescent boys are disengaged and unmotivated at school, and their results reflect this. Boys are not hard-wired to sit at a desk all day and learn in the way that they are now being taught. Changes to the curriculum, standardised testing and a lag time in the education system’s adoption of new methods of teaching are all to blame. Paradoxically, as adults our Generation Z boys will need to be creative, lateral thinkers that can problem-solve and think globally in order to be successful.

It all starts on the first day of school. We bid farewell to our beautiful, happy, enthusiastic little boys as they run to the school gate. Fast forward ten years and they are in Year 9. We haul them out of bed with a combination of bribes and threats while telling them no, they can’t have the day off school and no, they need to…

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  1. Thank you for reposting this article. I’m a firm believer in education and think that what ever the kids are learning these days isn’t working.

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    • I appreciate your comments. We need believers in education. There are lots of changes coming up in the future. I have confidence in our teachers that they will keep doing their best. Education is never going to be perfect. We have seen improvements on test scores over the last 4 years in our county which WAS the LOWEST in the state of CA. However, there’s always more to do. There are lots of challenges. Technology and the internet have made major changes that have actually changed the way people learn. Thanks again for commenting, Jim. You might also like Sue Anne’s Balcony.

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      • Marsha, I went night school for 51/2 for photography. The problem was it was 35mm film. The digital camera is kicking my a–. The Nikon F3 and several of the lens, digital meter, and many other items where stolen in Las Vegas. Every thing was in a back pack that I carried every were. What was really stolen was my passion for photography . It took several years before I purchased another camera, that is the present one. I took a few pictures now and then. It wasn’t until I started blogging that I started getting some of that passion back. With the help of people in the blogging community, I’m starting to get some of that passion back. Because of people like you I feel a lot of encouragement by hit the like button and the comments. I say Thank You Marsha and all of the other bloggers that has visited my site.

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  2. A couple of thoughts: In a society where boys (and girls) are increasingly able to instantly sate their need for entertainment through texting, the Internet, cellphones, etc., have we created an environment that is simply not conducive to classroom learning? If so, that’s unfortunate, because most students don’t have the maturity or discipline to learn except in a structured environment such as the classroom. Certainly we should be open to new and innovative ways of teaching, but the fact is much of what is integral to science, math, English, etc., is not something that can be prettied up and made entertaining. Simply put, it often takes work to learn.

    Second, the key focus of the educational system leaders – either actual or de facto – the politicians, administrators, community leaders, is often how can we prepare students to fit into the economy of the future. I’d love to hear one of the above talk about education for education’s sake. Perhaps students might get more enjoyment out of the curriculum if schooling focused more on acquiring and understanding knowledge, rather than simply the one-size-fits-all approach that seems geared toward ensuring we have enough skilled and semi-skilled workers to keep the corporate sector happy.

    Not everyone may be cut out for college, but everyone has something to offer society, and it seems to me that school should seek to bring out a student’s talents and gifts, rather than turning the teenage years into ones of drudgery. School should be for education, not for preparing automatons for the workplace.

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    • You make some very valid points. I want to follow up on this conversation because we are talking about PUBLIC education. Most of the time we have the media telling the public how education is going. Blogging allows the public to tell the public how it is going and why they think the way they do.

      Yes, classes are very different than they were when we adults were in school. Some things have become obsolete, but the skill of learning, and concentrating is still the same, there isn’t a magic pill we take to learn something to automaticity, but we are not putting as much into auto pilot as we used too. We have many more things to cover than we used to – especially in history!!!!

      Thanks for your well-thought answer. Always a pleasure.

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      • Much obliged. I do think it’s good folks are considering new ways to approach teaching. Too many kids slip through the cracks of the educational system and never come close to reaching their potential.

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        • Fortunately we are all life-time learners! I didn’t come close to my potential on graduation from high school either – did you? I suspect not because of your great interest in history that continues to evolve and teach you new things daily. What we DID learn was how to learn and better, how to think, reason, analyze, and synthesize. If we can give that to our kids, they can take it from there. Thanks always for commenting! 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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