Strain of Homework
I love learning, I am perfectly content with being in school and learning for six hours a day but my disdain arises when homework is added and that's where the stress begins. Being driven to learn is a natural tendency. You follow the organic incentive to want to find out more about the things that interest you. We are all born with 'the love of learning' but it dives off into an elusive void when we go to school. Beyond the love we all have for learning and mastering a specific subject, another characteristic is simply curiosity--which kills more tired assumptions than cats.
Beyond homework, there are hierarchy's in every secondary school system. The subjects top tiered as most important are mathematics and languages. Humanities is second and the arts are always last. The arts are stigmatized and valued as unimportant. Schools are predicated on the idea of academic ability on our view of intelligence. Creative people don't view themselves as such because we have been constantly reminded that by not choosing a practical major, we will result in failure. And this is where they are profoundly mistaken. The world is engulfed in revolution and we have seen creative people--singers, dancers, artists and fashion designers--make big names for themselves. Valuing the arts the same we do math and english may make a difference in a child's life.
Kids will take a chance on anything. If they don't know something, they'll give it a go anyway. They aren't frightened from being wrong. If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. By the time kids become adults, they have lost this capacity.
What Does Your Degree Mean?
There has been an academic inflation in today's world: degrees don't mean anything anymore. When applying for jobs, an M.A. is needed when before a B.A. was accepted. At FIDM, when you study in your desired major for two years, you only receive an A.A. This is the same equivalent as a student who chose to go to community college to earn G.E.'s. I have the same degree as a community college graduate, yet I know how to formulate a six month buying plan, how to brand and market a company, put together a complete press kit, design a business plan, and a community college student learned more of the rules of English and the basics of Earth Science. Many other students at FIDM learn how to construct garments, manufacture products, create jewelry, footwear and interior design. What we learn in these two years is so much more advanced than the degree we receive. Is it because we are focusing on art that we don't get the same respect? You can get a Bachelor degree at FIDM but it is in Business Management. Why don't we receive B.A. degrees in Fashion or Graphic Design?
We know school has miraculous intentions, and it is the home of where many influencers have flourished, but some things need to be reevaluated. Everyone starts with the natural desire to learn, but being stunned in academic refinement ruins chances of creativity and prospering as an individual. Secondary schools need stronger support systems in valuing the true meaning of school; to learn. Being top of your class shouldn't matter, as long as you understand the material.
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