I feel the primary effort of education is focused on tests scores and forming a reputation for the institution. Not all educational systems are like this, but I, as well as those who have been in a modern high school, have experienced being the brunt of forced standardized testing. One must score perfectly or near perfect on a test to get into a prestigious school, or even be accepted to some post-secondary schools. So much stress is being put on adolescents to score and to make the institution one of the best.
To humanize the curricula and syllabi, the students must be humanized. We are not just a number or a receptacle for biased or parroted information to be passed through. Students should be able to voice their opinions and have an equal or higher role in a school system.
To spark creativity and inquiry in adolescents, or even adults, the instructor must have the same excitement for the subject and have a variety of tools to facilitate discovery. Many teachers are restricted by the government or other authorities and may not be able to teach the way they’d like. Authentic thinking in the classroom and business should be fostered by physical evidence; by logical thinking.
In “From all the Jails the Boys and Girls,” Emily Dickinson speaks of the temporary relief children have from school during their break time. Much like prison, inmates get a certain time to walk around the yard and eventually they have to go back in their cells and serve their sentences. Students have been sentenced to 13 plus years in an educational system that feels a lot like a prison. Education should make people comfortable; not intimidated or depressed.