Private Schools – the more you pay, the less you get

3 12 2012

It seems that private schools not only leave you with less money in the bank, they leave you with less knowledge of homework given, less school days and less teacher-student teaching. So why do parents pay so much for private schooling and in return the computers do all the teaching?
“My children are getting somewhat of a good education. Technology is a helpful tool though technology alone is cold,” explained one parent in a recent interview. “I fail to see why private school students require more holidays then public school students.”
Why is it that private schools students have nine week terms and a free day at the beginning and end of every term? Private school parents pay for the education their children receive, but why is it that they have less schooling and never seem to do homework?
“I would like to be aware of the homework given to my children, rather than having to dig through layers of technology to find the assigned homework buried on the schools website,” explained the parent.
It seems that the more you pay, the slacker the schools become on providing the parents with information on the homework given. If you’re not paying for your children’s education, what are you paying for? The teacher’s salary? The buildings? The canteen food? Probably all of these. Although teachers may be giving homework, students don’t usually go home and say to their parents: I have homework for this subject, this subject and this is what I have to do. “Parents should be sent a notification or email when homework has been set for their child in a particular class, what it is and when it is due.” He could be right on the mark with this proposal, but would it help?
Technology is becoming a big part of today’s culture and school life, but is there a limit? Students are using technology for their social networking purposes, as well as for every class in school, and now at home for homework. So is there a time when it all becomes too much? It may be a bit old fashioned, but surely students would work much better with the care and teaching from actual teachers, rather than computer screens and the Internet.
By Karynn


Should teacher’s salary be dependent on the success of the students?

2 12 2012

Some people might say no. They could say that for any other profession the pay does not drop just because of a client’s welfare. This is protected by law. This is true but is their client a child that has their whole life ahead of them? A child that is not old enough to decide if they should be educated? A child that will one day rely on his school results in order to choose the right career for themselves?
People could say that it is not the teachers fault if a student does not want to learn. It is the opposite. It is entirely the teachers fault if the student acts up and does not get the results they can. A teacher should make the class fun and engaging for the students. They should have learnt how to deal with the age groups and be able to keep them focussed. It is their job. Teachers are not employed to stand up the front of a classroom and talk for an hour and fifteen minutes, or to hand out worksheets. Teachers are employed to teach their students and when a student does not get the results, the teacher obviously did not do their job properly. People put it on the students to give it their best and learn. This is rubbish because most children do not want to learn. They are forced to come to school most days; whereas teachers are not. Yes it is their job which they are required to attend; but it is also their job that they chose to do. They brought it on themselves. If they did not want to put in 100% they should have chosen a different career.
The Board of Education are already discussing the idea of teacher’s salaries being dependant on student’s results. 60% of parents are supporting the idea, saying, “We need to upgrade the quality of our educators. Dependant salaries will make them work harder.” The board is appalled at the lack of effort put in to help each individual student. We all have different ways of learning, some are visual and some learn by putting things into action. Teachers are failing to incorporate the different styles of learning into their lesson plans.
Teachers should also make an effort to relate to their students. Some say, “How can we? We are adults and they are children.” This is preposterous! It all comes down to their choice of job. A teacher MUST be able to relate to their students. They may be adults but they were kids once. Times have changed, teachers no longer should be these hard, strict educators, but should be compassionate mentors. Teacher’s salaries should be dependent on the success of the student because it will increase the quality of learning in youth.
By Anette

Horrible Homework?

2 12 2012

Homework is always made out to be the worst part of school. It is the worst memory when you think back to school. But is homework now days increasing to a ridiculous level? In a recent interview, Jasmine in year 7 shared her opinions on homework and shares what students of our decade think of homework. Jasmine was asked a few questions on the topic of homework, her answers are not surprising for a 12-year-old girl.

When asked about the options of having or not having homework, Jasmine answered like any other student would answer.
“I would definitely choose to have homework”, Jasmine said with sarcasm. Jasmine talked about definitely not having homework because she said that you need those lazy afternoons to recap and socialize with your neighbours and family. Although, Jasmine also had a reasonable twist to her answer, “I do think though that unfinished class work should be done at home as it shows that you were obviously not working hard enough that lesson”. This is a very fair perspective of homework that most people would relate to.

This then brought up the big question about the benefits, if any, of homework to children such as Jasmine.
Jasmine was very firm and knew what her opinion was on this topic. As any child of her age would say, “To be honest I really don’t think homework benefits our learning. All we achieve with our homework is frustration and a brain overload”. This is not a surprise as everyone remembers homework as a pain and a memory that should be forgotten forever. Jasmine also brought up the point throughout this question which was that sometimes, she has barley any time to spend with the family as she is in her room the whole night finishing off her homework.

When asked the question of whether homework is fair or not Jasmine answered with a “NO!” Her answer was very reasonable and would give a lot of teachers something to think about. Jasmine exclaimed that teachers don’t realize that students take other classes not just theirs. “Teachers give us a reasonable amount of homework for that class, but they forget about how many other classes we have that also give what they think is a reasonable amount of homework”. There is no doubt about it – every student her age would agree with this argument.

Jasmine then explained that the majority of her grade would agree with her about homework, but there are some students that appreciate being given homework as an extra time to study and get what they have learned stuck right into their brains. Although, it seems most students are fed up by the end of the day. But as Jasmine said, “If we had a grade vote, of course homework would be voted as a big no”.

By Chloe

How to Cope with High School

2 12 2012

There is a lot to cope with in high school. Homework gets harder and is given more often. You get busier and busier and the workload is piled so high that you can’t even see what’s in front of you. To top it all off the punishment for incomplete homework is detention. Fun, right?
In order to get some information about how students cope with the workload in high school an interview was conducted with a Year 9 student. Jess was certainly feeling the strain of the heavy workload and the number of assignments all due in the same week. ‘I thought there would be less work. In Year 8 we didn’t have that much and I was definitely not expecting the amount of work we have this year. Now I’m worried for Year 10 – I mean what’s that going to be like?’ I’m sure this is the same for many other Year 9 students. The sudden increase of work was a shock to Jess and she has had to find a way of coping.
‘You have to get into the habit of being organised. That is the number one thing!’ Jess made her point clear with this statement. Organisation is key. Luckily many high schools provide students with diaries so they can track when their homework is due and put it in order of priority. Jess also makes the statement that there are other things that you can use to keep organised too, but the way you organise your work is completely up to you. However, there are consequences of not being organised. ‘I was not, and am still not organised and it was really hard.’
A great way to make sure that you do your homework is to reward yourself for doing it. If your favourite thing to do is walk your dog then take him for a walk as soon as you have done your homework. ‘It’s a big motivation…’ Having something to look forward to after you have done your homework is great and Jess agrees. ‘It’s good to have some time to do what I want to do.’ Jess has pointed out that having the right frame of mind can make all the difference. So if you forget your homework, instead of stressing about your detention, remember to ask; what’s the worst thing that can possibly happen?

By Chloe

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