What Topics Do You Wish You Could Learn About in School?

What Topics Do You Wish You Could Learn About in School?

What about the arts and athletics? Can you learn to play the guitar or tap dance, make films or rock climb at your school?

What would you like to learn in school if you could learn anything? What additional courses do you wish your school offered? Why?

Schools at all levels regularly tinker with their curriculums to be more relevant and interesting to students. Here are a few articles that give examples of some trends:

From “How ‘Makers’ Make the Classroom More Inclusive”:

… a growing group of students who haven’t responded to traditional textbook-and-work sheet learning are excited and inspired about making, teachers say. There are more than 400 active spaces for hacking and making in North America.

Carolyn Barnhart, a science teacher at Fredericton High School in New Brunswick, Canada, was about two decades into her teaching career when she heard about making, and cautiously began to apply it to her classroom. She had been accustomed to airtight lesson plans and scripted lectures.

From “Video Games Are a Waste of Time? Not for Those With E-Sports Scholarships”:

Multiplayer video games played competitively, often with spectators, are known as e-sports, and they have become a gateway to college scholarship money. Over the past two years, the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which is engaged with 98 varsity programs across the United States and Canada, has helped to facilitate $16 million in scholarships, according to the executive director, Michael Brooks.

In higher education, e-sports live in various departments. Sometimes they are part of student affairs; some schools place them within an engineering or design program; and, more rarely, they have their place in athletics.

At Robert Morris University Illinois, e-sports is part of the athletics department. Team members have access to athletic trainers and are put through light fitness training. Players attend practice Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., with an hour break for dinner. They analyze film, participate in team-building activities, sit for communication sessions.

And finally, from “Stylish Learning”:

The perfect gift for any high schooler who has designs on Virgil Abloh’s job?

Parsons Paris, a nonprofit school that is a division of the New School of New York City, is suggesting its new online program, “Inside the Business of Fashion and Luxury.”

“We give students access to leaders in the world of French design and luxury that even people who go to the défilé don’t have,” said Peter Price, the school’s chairman of the board.

And Florence Leclerc-Dickler, the school’s dean, added: “Not everyone can come to Paris to study.”

Sharing their views in video lectures will be several well-known fashion executives, including Nicole Weiss, global head of client relations and client experience for Louis Vuitton, talking about the increasing importance of providing value to consumers, and Olivier Bialobos, senior vice president of global communications at Christian Dior, on how digital marketing has changed the business.

Students, read the entire article, then tell us:

  • What course or courses do you wish your school would offer? Why? Give us as much detail about your proposed course(s) as you can.

  • How would you convince your school to offer this course? That is, what case could you make that it was worth offering in a school setting? What would students learn and be able to do as a result, and why is that worthwhile?

  • To what extent is your school already doing a good job, whether through traditional courses or extracurricular activities, of offering a range of interesting options for learning?

  • Our annual Connections Contest asks students to link something they’re studying in school with something happening in the world today. How connected with real-world issues, needs or ideas is your proposed course or courses? Why?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.