A High School Senior’s Musing Dedicated to Sir Robinson

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I have been in quarantine for a year now, having spent my junior year and soon senior year in online high school.

Although my teachers (as well as many others across the nation) have experience in using online tools, teaching virtually, meeting the needs of students, and engaging them remains a struggle.

These problems have been exacerbated especially in the lower-socio economic and ethnic areas. Some are lacking the infrastructure such as internet and computers for students while others are lacking the networks to contact parents about their children who did not attend class. [1–2]

This pandemic has been the…

A High School Senior’s Musing Dedicated to Sir Robinson

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As I mentioned in my previous article, Americans have developed a toxic culture that is forcing students to attend college, resulting in the number of degree holders to significantly increase.

Referencing data from The National Center for Education Statistics,

“In the 2010/2011 year, 943,506 Associate degrees, 1,716,053 Bachelor Degrees, 730,922 Masters degrees and 163,827 Doctorate degrees were conferred.

Half a decade later, in the 2016/2017 year, 1,005,649 Associate degrees, 1,956,032 Bachelor degrees, 804,684 Masters degrees, and 181,352 Doctorate degrees were conferred.” [1]

This mass influx of graduates in the job market has resulted in a phenomenon known as degree inflation–…

A High School Junior’s Musing

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At the end of each semester, my friends and I would anxiously wait for our transcripts. Since grades usually came out during the 6th period (P.E. for many of us), we would lie around the plastic grass on the field, phones in our hands, hoping for straight A’s.

Whenever one of our friends received a B, though disappointed, we would joke around, “Haha, no chance for Stanford. Only chance to go to a community college.”

Or when one of our friends received an A in a difficult class, we would rejoice saying, “Ivy League grades right here! …

A High School Junior’s Musing

Source: https://www.novastarprep.com/prepare-for-the-new-sat/close-up-of-pencil-on-answer-sheet-test/

Before I begin, I will categorize the assessments I am critiquing into three areas: standardized tests typically used for college admissions (e.g. SAT, ACT, and AP tests), tests within the K-12 System (e.g. state testing and teacher-administered assessments), and international tests (e.g. PISA testing). I will also briefly talk about grading which isn’t an assessment, but rather an interpretation of an assessment process. Certain tests will not be discussed such as the GRE, MCAT, CHSPE, Subject Tests, and tests from the IB curriculum.

While I do this, I must remind you that everything in education should help the purposes of…

A High School Junior’s Musing

Source: https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/plato

To start off, let me tell you a fascinating story, “The Allegory of the Cave” from Plato’s Republic and its relation to the purpose of education. In the Allegory, there are prisoners chained and fixated (unable to move) in a cave. They have spent all their lives there, and their reality has been limited to shadows of the real world. One day, someone frees a prisoner, and for the first time, the prisoner turns his head and ventures out of the cave into the real world.

Blinded at first by the sun’s rays, he soon realizes that his reality of…

A High School Junior’s Musing

Source: https://edtrust.org/the-equity-line/essa-planning-process-complete-whats-next/

Before I continue with this article, I will have to clarify what type of education systems and schools I am critiquing. My articles will address the flaws in many United States traditional public schools and the systems behind it. Charter, online, private (all), for-profit, virtual, democratic, magnet, home, unschooling, and alternative schools will not be discussed.

This paper uses definitions from Sir Robinson’s Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education:

“Education means organized programs of learning. Learning is the process of acquiring new knowledge and skills.” [1]

Now, let’s talk about improving education and learning.

The first thing to…

An Introduction

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Before I begin writing my actual article/ blog, I thought I ought to make an introduction.

Without further ado…

Who am I?

My name is Brandon Lok. I am a high school student in California. I enjoy chess, drawing, and piano. I plan to major in Philosophy, Environmental Science, and Education.

What am I writing about?

I believe that there are many flaws in the United States Education system, and I plan to fix it. But in order to do that, I have to spread my ideas around.

So, for the next few years, I will be writing about solutions to these very problems.

Brandon Lok

Student, Writer, Artist, Video Editor, Philosopher, Visionary, Streamer, Content Creator, Musician, Chess Player.

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