Tuesday, 3 January 2017


Many teachers also knows, the national debate on education is overcrowded opinions about teacher training and salaries, possession, trade unions - with transfers between now and then through a laptop, textbooks, and national policy. In fact, it seems that we listen to each interested party other than the one to whom education exists in the first place: the students.

The one I've worked on one with hundreds of students over the past decade, and although always start from "My teacher hates me" or "I'm just bad at this," a change in their behavior and beliefs consistently lead to a shift in the rows. I have seen myself all the ways in which students can hinder their academic performance. We have seen how parents and our culture in general sabotage inadvertently student success. Then we saw our society gives teachers full responsibility for the process, which is only partly in their hands. This must stop.

Teachers are an essential and influential, and guide students through the new material, the extraction and analysis of excitement about ideas. But even the best teacher is helpless against the student looking directly on the board but think of lunch. The students are, in the end, the only party that has the ability to really transform the state of education. As it turns out, what they are saying is quite telling.

What students think
A year ago, we approached Princeton Review to help them design a survey about student life in America. Instead of focusing on academic performance, and they want to understand the academic process of students. What is going through their heads when they do home? Where do they turn for help when you're stuck? And how they think and feel during the normal school day? In short, the survey was designed to find out what students can only know: their thoughts and feelings, and goals. The results suggest that if we want to reform education, then we have to move away from blaming the teachers, resources, or the size of the classroom, and start serious talks about what the students to create academic success - and how we can best them in that process support.

Here are some of the most telling survey results.

A lot of homework or a lot of time homework?
The students said they spend easily a third of their study time stressing out. We hear parents and students constantly complain about teachers assign a lot of homework. On the basis of the number of hours alone, that makes sense. However, the students said offers a completely different picture.

Every three hours that the students seemed to be spending on homework, and only two productive. Concerns about whether they will do well, whether it is smart enough to understand the task, what grade they have, and how everyone is doing in the classroom can hinder them dramatically. We can cut the time so it can be accomplished at work, and can move forward. Instead of assigning less homework, and we have to focus on helping students to work more effectively. In preparing students for the modern world, the basic strategy. In the world of work, it will not have time to spend a third of their day confirming an unproductive out. They need to know how to stay on top.

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