For many students like myself, being able to experience deep learning is the best way to acquire valuable knowledge.
Two years ago, for example, I took a chemistry class. I felt invested while studying about relevant issues like global warming. I remember how much excitement I had when I went to the teacher and talked about ways to stop the global warming onslaught. I even attempted to do recycling at my house.
However, this topic only lasted a few weeks and then we moved on. I was not sure what to do anymore with what I learned because it was no longer mentioned during class. I stopped recycling at home.
After noticing this pattern of teaching, many students do not want to invest too much mental energy knowing that certain subject matter will soon disappear.
In fact, a 2006 report commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, called “The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts,” found that nearly half of those surveyed said a major reason they left school was because their classes were boring.
Teaching can be superficial if it is not brought into the real world. It is important to address the issue of providing a pertinent, student-centered curriculum to all students or achievement will be stunted.