I believe the main focus of high schools should be to help students individually in the journey of finding a career, helping each develop an interest in a field that could lead to a career, and become a successful adult in whatever way they should choose. High schools apply too much focus on getting high-test scores and high grades, and universal curriculums.
Teachers need to have the capability of easily relating to and understanding the students. They must be caring and kind, and care more about the students than they do about high grades or test scores. In order to create and achieve an effective classroom experience, teachers must promote interaction between students and create many hands on activities. Assigning busy work only bores students, causes them to lose interest in the subject and therefore perform poorly academically. The work must captivate the student and keep him or her focused.
A universal curriculum does not work in all cases, or at all. All students have different styles of learning and teachers need to be aware of them. An effective teacher can adapt his or her teaching style to the different learning and apply different methods in the classroom. If the teacher constantly uses one type of teaching, those who do not understand will easily be lost and in turn perform poorly.
When an effective classroom experience has been achieved, students will appreciate the teacher and want to learn, therefore the students will do well on tests and receive good grades. Students need motivation to learn, and without motivation, no learning will occur. Students tend to perform better academically when they enjoy learning and have fun with it. Although there is no guarantee that the students will actually perform better, the chances of the students performing better greatly increases.
Students, who have decided what their future profession will be, should have the opportunity to take courses related to that profession, instead of having to take basic courses the entire four years of high school, and wasting their time. Yet, they should still be required to take at least one course each semester that combines basic Math, English, Science, Accounting, History, a Foreign Language and computer technology. This combination class will help to keep students up to date with basic knowledge used in everyday life.
For those who do not know their future profession, these students will take a variety of courses that will help them determine what they would like to do after college. They will not be required to take the combination course because the courses taken by undecided students will be basic course It is not necessary for the students to determine a profession while still in high school. This gives them the chance to fully explore all careers available to them, and all pathways that they have the opportunity to travel, within legal reason.
High school students need more sleep due to biological changes and the heavy workload from school, work, and extracurricular activities along with responsibilities at home. Therefore, High School should start later around 8:30am, and have forty-five minute classes because typically after the first forty-five minutes, students get very bored and zone out. Second period would be one hour – forty-five minutes of class time and then fifteen minutes of announcements. After three class periods, the students would have lunch for an hour from 11:30 to 12:30. Fourth period would be from 12:40 until 1:25, and from 135 to 2pm, the students would have study hall so they could complete homework before going to sports, clubs, home or work.
The responsibilities and actions of the educational department should be customized to the circumstances of each individual student because each student learns differently and has a different path that he or she wants to take. Many students already have their future planned out or considered, so all they need is a little push, which educators and school can give them. School should not be a hardship or dread; instead school should be fun, enjoyable, captivating and something that students look forward to participating in. With all of the requirements and unchanging schedule, educators have caused most students to lose the excitement of learning.