As a person in highschool, though I’m young and have less formal education than most, I do have lots of ideas and opinions and have good observational skills.

But I’ve got something that the majority of the population doesn’t: The ability to enter highschools and get the inside scoop of our education. Jealous?

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A parent asks a child: “What did you learn at school today?”

Child: “Nothing”.

It costs taxpayers $8,472 a year to send a child to school to learn ‘Nothing’.

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**What Actually Happens in HighSchool?**

Backrounder: Highschool Students in Metro Vancouver attend 180 days of School per year, each student taking 8 classes a year.

There are 4 classes a day on alternating days, with each class an average of 82 minutes.

There are 4 classes a day on alternating days, with each class an average of 82 minutes.

Rather than reading my messy handwriting, I have organized the data into neat charts below:

**Categories**:

Exercises: Group Assignments eg. Labs, Group Discussion

Movie: Watching Movies or Videos

Work Time: Independent Quiet Work Time

Free Time/Wasted: Time spent off topic, Free Time on computer, or Free Time to do whatever we please (Socialize).

Lesson: Teacher’s Lesson eg. Reading and Explaining Textbook

Review: Teacher Reviews Prior Lessons, or Teacher Check/Reviews Homework

Exam: Quiz or Exam eg. Writing essays

Presentations: Presentations by Classmates

Movie: Watching Movies or Videos

Work Time: Independent Quiet Work Time

Free Time/Wasted: Time spent off topic, Free Time on computer, or Free Time to do whatever we please (Socialize).

Lesson: Teacher’s Lesson eg. Reading and Explaining Textbook

Review: Teacher Reviews Prior Lessons, or Teacher Check/Reviews Homework

Exam: Quiz or Exam eg. Writing essays

Presentations: Presentations by Classmates

**DATA**:

In Other Words…

An Essay/Exam every 5 classes

Free Time on the computer (or socialization time) every 3 classes

Presentations every 5 classes

A Movie every 25 classes

Free Time on the computer (or socialization time) every 3 classes

Presentations every 5 classes

A Movie every 25 classes

Average of 6 minutes of “Lesson”, 7 minutes of “Group Exercises”, and 6 minutes of “Review” Every Class.

In Other Words…

In the typical Class of 82 minutes, we spend…

53 minutes independently working (on math),

10 minutes “Wasted”

14 minutes going over previous Homework

5 minutes on today’s Actual Lesson

53 minutes independently working (on math),

10 minutes “Wasted”

14 minutes going over previous Homework

5 minutes on today’s Actual Lesson

There’s an Exam every 7 classes.

In Other Words…

In the typical Class of 82 minutes, we spend…

31 minutes independently working (on work)

8 minutes “Wasted”

17 minutes on today’s Lesson

14 minutes Reviewing Previous Assignments

12 minutes doing Mini Quizzes (or 24 minutes every 2nd Class)

31 minutes independently working (on work)

8 minutes “Wasted”

17 minutes on today’s Lesson

14 minutes Reviewing Previous Assignments

12 minutes doing Mini Quizzes (or 24 minutes every 2nd Class)

There’s an Exam every 10 classes,

a Lab every 4 classes

a Lab every 4 classes

In Other Words…

In the typical Class of 82 minutes, we spend…

40 minutes independently working (on anything)

24 minutes doing what we please

12 minutes on today’s Lesson

6 minutes Reviewing Previous Lessons

40 minutes independently working (on anything)

24 minutes doing what we please

12 minutes on today’s Lesson

6 minutes Reviewing Previous Lessons

There’s an Exam every 9 classes

In Other Words…

In the typical Class of 82 minutes, we spend…

7 minutes independently working (on work)

11 minutes socializing

24 minutes learning from reading the textbook

40 minutes watching movies

7 minutes independently working (on work)

11 minutes socializing

24 minutes learning from reading the textbook

40 minutes watching movies

There’s an exam every 20 classes

In Other Words…

In the typical Class of 82 minutes, we spend…

16 minutes independently working (on french worksheets)

21 minutes talking useless/random nonsense

14 minutes teaching francais, either through the whiteboard or textbook

14 minutes reviewing and marking worksheets

9 minutes doing a quiz

8 minutes doing group exercises

16 minutes independently working (on french worksheets)

21 minutes talking useless/random nonsense

14 minutes teaching francais, either through the whiteboard or textbook

14 minutes reviewing and marking worksheets

9 minutes doing a quiz

8 minutes doing group exercises

There are French Project Presentations every 8 classes

In a way, when the child says that he learns ‘nothing’ at school is somewhat correct. The only times when a teacher is actually needed in a highschool (for the lesson and review) only accounts for 23% of the time spent at school.

The lesson only accounts for 13% of the school time, while free/wasted time is at 17%.

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My Opinion, it is not correct for taxpayers to send students to schools where most of the time is used up with activities that can easily be completed at home.

(For example, if you knew what workbook pages or worksheets were to be done, then the 25% “Work Time” could be done at home.)

(For example, if you knew what workbook pages or worksheets were to be done, then the 25% “Work Time” could be done at home.)

My Conclusion: 21st Century Education needs Reform. A dozen years into this century, and it has never been a better time to ask for an improved education system.

My Goal: To improve education circumstances in a way that would benefit current students (like myself), future students, teachers, and taxpayers.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 of this series, (I think will be called “What we learn at School”)and Part 3 (I think it will be called “The Purpose of School”).

AND REMEMBER: Those who we teach now, will teach others in the future. So we must teach our students well, and ensure that the education of our future workforce is of good quality.

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PS. Sorry for the Spelling Errors in the Graphs (Exercise). Spelling’s not my strong point.

Feel free to shoot me an email to ask me questions, or ask me to write about a topic, or contribute your education observations. Most people don’t have the inside scoop to our education anymore.

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I’d be interested in seeing if your experience in the college classroom is similar to high school.

Thanks for sharing the link to your web page.