The University of Tel Aviv (TAU), WYRED’s Israeli partner, recently shared with the consortium a story that highlights very well what are the perceived faults in their education system and how this can be improved. These findings emerged from a lively debate carried ou by the 13 students from the Hof Hasharon regional high-school participating in the project.
The discussion focused specifically on the difficulties that arise from the conduct of the current education system, which, in their opinion, makes their learning very difficult and hampers their ability to reach high level achievements. Students feel that the system does not really see them as individuals, and they are wasting time memorizing material that will not prove useful in the future. They are frustrated because the numerous assignments and exams they are continuously tested on cause them to fail, while teachers only increase the burden instead of helping.
Students clearly expressed that they want the school to pay more attention to values and life skills, and less to grades. They need to stop memorizing contents just to forget them right after.
They expect decision-makers to listen to them and change the education approach and the curriculum, with more consideration of their private lives. Moreover, the system should allow students to choose the topics they wish to study, implement “meaningful learning”, change the dynamics teacher-student relationships are built on and raise the number of after-school activities available.
Our young voices illustrated their frustration towards education system by drawing a graffiti on the school wall, with the goal of raising the general awareness on the stressful situations that they experience on a daily basis.