My senior year of high school was plagued by many demons — taking the ACT, editing the yearbook, and applying for colleges. However, amidst the trials and tribulations of my senior year, there was a beacon of enlightenment.
My Advanced Placement U.S. History class was that beacon. It was the first class that centered around ideas, not grades. In fact, the teacher had a catch phrase:
It’s about the learning, not the earning.
That phrase has come to encompass everything that I believe education should be. Yes, there are going to be tests — it’s college — but those tests should be geared towards making students think, not geared towards having them spew a plethora of useless information that they will undoubtedly forget after the test.
Only when classes are focused on that will we truly begin to take something out of them