Work together to help students succeed

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Skyler Lynas, guest columnist

Many students agree that it is difficult to stay interested in school. They go to school thinking that they are going to endure another day of useless information. They don’t look at the learning new things as helpful, they see it as a waste of time. School should be viewed as a privilege. Many children across the world aren’t able to attend school every day like the children of The United States.

As a student, I know how it feels to be sitting in a class and ask myself, “Why am I learning this?”, “What good is this going to do me in my future?” And most of the time I can’t answer that question because no one has ever told me what the point of everything is. All that teachers tell us is, “Remember this and you’ll do great on the test”. Students are being taught how to do things but they aren’t being taught why it’s important, what subject we’ll use this again in, or why we need it now. Students become uninterested in the subject if it’s not going to be useful. They view it as a waste of space in their brain and I’m sure they have more important things to know.

I look around my school and see students who don’t care about their grades. As an almost high schooler I worry for them. They think that they’ll change their habits in high school but bad habits are hard to break. Gaining good study habits and completing your homework daily do not just happen automatically. Students must work hard to get good grades.

Teachers, parents, and students ourselves can make a change in our community by letting students learn how they learn best. Teachers can change up how they teach in their classrooms, from visual to hands on or from just listening to having different projects. Parents can help their child connect to what they are learning to their everyday life. And students can have a better attitude about what they are learning and also not give up so easily. Everyone is trying their hardest to make us succeed. The least we can do is help along the way.

We’ve come far in our educational systems all over the U.S. It wasn’t common for African Americans to attend school with everyone else until the 1960’s. We don’t want what we’ve achieved to become nothing. Letting our students feel uninterested or under-informed could ruin how far we’ve come. Being able to attend school is just as an important right as voting or freedom of speech. It should be treated equally as important.

• Skyler Lynas, 14 enjoys spending time by himself while eating a lot of food.

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