This picture basically sums up why I hate our education system. However, compared to many Asian countries, Canada is already quite lax and accommodating to their students. In my opinion, though, it is not enough.
At the end of the day, there is still a curriculum we have to follow. Kids are still forced to learn certain subjects/things whether they like it or not.
In my opinion, school is important to a certain degree -learning how to read and write, basic mathematics, working together in groups, and so on. HOWEVER, I feel like the majority of the things we learn in school are irrelevant and useless to our lives once we get into the “real world”.
In addition, just because a child does poorly in school, it doesn’t mean he/she is stupid. Perhaps, he/she simply doesn’t care? The topic doesn’t interest him or her? It’s boring?
Or what if the child is just more hands on? Perhaps he/she may not be able to write down clear instructions on how to build a table, but can actually build one? What is more important?
I feel like those who are good in school = they are able to comprehend and retain a lot of information.
It is important to be able to comprehend and retain information, but that’s just one aspect of life. I hate how most people and companies mainly judge you by the papers you have.
When we are young, we are told to get good grades or else we would not be able to get into a good school; if we cannot get into a good school, we will not be able to get a good job!
We’re forced to do so much shit.
Honestly, forced learning doesn’t work. Most of my friends went to Chinese school but did not learn anything because although they were there physically, their minds were elsewhere.
My brother was an A student during Chinese school. On the day of Chinese school, he would wake up early in the morning to memorize all the words so that he could ace the spelling test; by nighttime, he would have forgotten everything. Yet, he would still have his “A” because he demonstrated that knowledge. However, in reality, his Chinese sucks. His grammar is all backwards. Haha.
Anyway, this is one of the reasons why I do not want to be a teacher. Although the Western education system is a lot more flexible compared to the traditional Asian way, I still don’t want to force kids to learn. And I don’t want to give anyone a “C” or a “D” because he/she could not meet the expectations set out by the Ministry of Education.
Unfortunately, in our society, those without a post-graduate education have very limited options if they want to get into the workforce. Therefore, despite how much I despise our system, I believe it is still necessary for your own good.
Therefore, if you have a child and you live in Canada, you should really consider opening an RESP (Registered Education Savings Plan) for him/her.
The Canadian government will give you a grant of $500 if you put in $2500 a year. (There is a maximum CESG of $7200)
Some may say, $500 is nothing. It can’t even pay for a single course. THAT IS TRUE, but it’s still a 20% guarantee return of $2500.
It’s definitely not enough but it’s still better than nothing. Plus, you may even get more if you are of a low income. You may even qualify for a 15% bonus (based on all your contributions*)
*Message me if you want more details.
Note: If you live in Ontario, this tuition article will be relevant to you. Students whose families who make $50000 or less will get free education in 2017 (or so they say, I hope they keep their promise)
And this is just funny. Haha. I just wanted to share.
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