September 21, 2014

Opinion Column: High school students should value education

Veronica Mullin

Guest Columnist

Writing is a talent. Unfortunately, it’s a talent that is in danger of becoming lost to my generation. It’s probably not a surprising how many kids I know who roll their eyes at simple journaling assignments, essays or projects and find their English classes disgustingly boring. But I think it’s annoying. Just because they’re required to use their writing skills doesn’t mean they have any interest in honing them.

In most of my classmates, I see little to no desire to gain knowledge. Instead, I see laziness. Rather than reading the 20-page chapter – that would take 30 minutes or less of their time – and filling out the short reader’s guide, they get on SparkNotes or some other Internet cheat sheet and copy answers from their computer. Instead of actually taking their time and analyzing characters and making sense of the plot, they put their trust in Google.

More frustratingly, they put their trust in each other. I understand checking an answer or asking a question about something you don’t quite get, but honestly, scrambling to copy answers as the teacher is calling for assignments is a bit ridiculous.

You don’t think teachers don’t notice that everyone has basically the same answers and the same mistakes? They’re a lot more observant than that.

Now that summer has rolled around, I can guarantee that way more than half of my peers have completely forgotten their education. Who’d want to read a book when you can play video games? Or practice some creative writing when you can watch TV?

Don’t get me wrong, I love having time off from school and spending time with friends during the summertime. But I also love expanding my knowledge. Possibly my favorite things in the world are reading and writing, and unlike most of the kids I go to school with, I do them constantly. I keep in touch with what I learned over the school year. What I wonder is, why is nobody else interested?

I wish I could do something to help. When I’m at school, I want to learn and understand. It’s a little hard to do when you can see people with their phones out underneath their desks or copying answers in the back of the classroom or sleeping.

What are we allowing to happen to us? No one cares anymore. And in a little over a month, we’ll be going into another long year of it.

Veronica Mullin will be a sophomore at Gardner Edgerton High School in the fall. She is interning with The Gardner News this summer.

Comments

  1. Well, Veronica, tells it like it really is in our schools – something you will never hear in your news releases from USD 231 School Dist. Nothing you will hear from the School Board when they tell you about the glories of education in Gardner and Edgerton, Ks. Veronica represents a mind that hasn’t been touched yet by the long arm of politics.

    I wish more citizens had the attitude of Veronica but more and more we see the loss of that attitude in our society. I am awaiting to see how the citizens read, analyze and understand the cost-benefit reports the city of Edgerton is putting out there via the Texas belly-up developer, the Allen Group. Will the citizens read and fully understand these reports or ask any sensible questions with respect to the data used, etc.???? Or will they say Dillner, Roberts and the Edgerton City Council have fully protected our interests???? Will the citizens do their own research or will they rely on “Google” to once again take care of their lazy rearends????

    Veronica, I wish we could clone you since you have learned one important factor and that is to value knowledge and how to get it. You so respect this most valuable factor. You are showing the signs of an “independent thinker” which, to me, is more valuable than gold in this day and age of mass media indoctrination and people wanting others to do what they should be doing.

    Send you my best, Veronica – it sounds like you are on the road to be much more prepared for college and life than many of your peers. You give me hope that we will celebrate many more 4th of Julys.

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