So I was in somewhat of a brooding mood today.
Subject? The North American high school education system...or Canada's HS education system...or even just my own district's education system. and itsbeneficiaries.
See, the thing is, I always hear a lot of complaining about boring curriculum, crappy facilities, teaching, etc. from kids in multiple of my classes. In the news, you see investigative reports about how low the standards in North American education systems have become. But I say, the education system's only as good as those who benefit from it.
Kids skip class, do drugs, disrespect teachers...all for what?!?
Most of the time, they are not badass revolutionaries who are fighting the system for justice; they are angsty, spoiled, lazy kids who would rather live in the thrill of a moment to satisfy their desire to escape from boredom, than take advantage of a free education that would enable them to contribute to society--a privilege kids in Third-World countries would kill for (not literally, but then again...?). I'm ashamed to say that, from the looks of it, my generation is defined not by foolish ambition, daunting passion, or fierce determination, but by apathy, naive cynicism, convenience, and boredom.
NOTE: Granted, this definitely does not apply to EVERY North American teenager. And I'm not trying to say that every single kid who doesn't take advantage of the system is spoiled rotten...because I know there are definitely exceptions, especially kids with dysfunctional families.
But if subconsciously, those are the values of the youth instilled in the North American education system, what choice does the system have but to lower standards? After all, the system is put into place to benefit the youth of North American society. And if teenagers so often complain about school, why don't they DO SOMETHING to change it? What use would it be for high standards to be put in place if only an increasingly small minority actually accomplishes them? Youth today have lost the drive and ambition they had 50 years ago.
And it really sucks, because we live in a society and era where so much information can be easily accessed. Combine that with passionate youth who want to change the world, and you have a Technological Renaissance in the 21st century!
Instead, the closest thing to changing the world that a lot of teenagers do is like a picture of a sick child on Facebook to "save their life".
*sigh* Well, I hope I didn't insult whoever reads this rant o' mine...but if I did, I apologize. Not taking advantage of free education is just something that irks me.
So what are your thoughts on the education system, teenagers, etc.? Do you disagree, agree, not care? Comment please!