What problems are you aware of in today’s educational system?
I know that many of you have things that you complain about, and this is the essay in which you get to express those ideas. The problem, though, is that as you’re complaining about things you cannot sound whiny. Sounding whiny will take away all of your credibility – your ethos – and you want to be someone who is perceived as credible with a legitimate complaint. Several legitimate complaints, of course, since this is a multi-paragraph essay.
Your points are all valid. Whether your complaint is about the schedule, the socialization aspect, the teachers and the administration, other students, fire drills – it doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, then it is something worth writing about. Of course, you are going to explore your ideas in some depth in your paragraphs, so you’ll need to think of examples and anecdotes to support your points. It’s not just enough to say that you don’t like 50-minute classes. You have to give reasons why a 50-minute class is not enough time or is too much time per class.
One way to look at this is as if you were writing to the school board to professionally present them a problem in the educational system that they may not be aware of. Another way to think about this is this: What would you like to see changed before your children become students in 20 years? Whether your kids are kindergartners, middle schoolers, or high school students, there are changes all across the board that could be made in order to enhance their educational experiences.
I think the one thing you should keep in mind is, why do we insist students go to school anyhow? School was not mandatory 150 years ago, but now everybody is forced to go to school until they’re at least the age of 16. So there must be some reason that the government wants students in school. Thinking about that may help you focus your essay on what should be done to help students get a better education. School is SUPPOSED to be a beneficial service to make better citizens: What needs to change to make it the best possible experience?
Your essay is due Tuesday, January 22 – no late papers, no excuses. You may handwrite if you wish (print, blue or black ink, double-spacing, one side of the paper only), but in all sincerity typing is better.
See previous entries about proper format for typing as well as about proper paragraph construction and strategies for intros and conclusions.
Leave a comment if you have any questions you’d like answered. I am always here to help you 🙂