After reading a book I heartily enjoy, I tend to stalk the author and find out what else they’ve written. Such is the case with the author of John Dies at the End, David Wong. Surfing through the JDATE Tumblr proved to be quite useful during this endeavor, as I found several articles written by Wong on Cracked.com. They reflect his books perfectly (by which I mean they’re both oddly dark while oddly entertaining), but I centered on the article listed above for several reasons.
Throughout this trimester our English class has been discussing modern education: how it isn’t working, what we can do to fix it, how it’s already changing (for better or for worse). Reading this article, however, brought up some more interesting points we haven’t yet addressed.
The kicker is, I’ve asked several teachers for their opinions on these five grievances, and they agreed with every single one. So, why haven’t our schools modified their curriculum to include the solutions to these problems? Well, in another article written by David Wong, he writes that the human brain is always going to resist improvement. It’s that little voice in our heads that tells us to put off that homework, those chores can wait until tomorrow, someone else will fix this for me. However, it’s our choice to ignore that voice and press forward.
I wholeheartedly agree with this article. What I wouldn’t give to divvy up those final exams, had more recess, understood algebra, to do away with grade-borne competition and middle school. I just hope that those in charge are as curious (and fanatic) as I am, and take David Wong’s words to heart.