Thoughts on Class Structure
By: Anna Mackiewicz
Have you considered why your class structure might not have accommodated your desires in grade school, if you have found yourself wishing that academia would provide you with a more productive environment? It is undeniable that unless you are extraordinarily tolerant or consistently subservient to authority, you have been disappointed with the manner in which your educator chose to direct class time at a given moment in grade school. I focus the question upon grade school, because this is the environment where student input is most rarely gauged to determine whether a particular class structure is appropriate. The academic performance of students is used to measure whether a particular teaching standard is appropriate, but who most effectively determines the class structure that motivates students to be interested in the course material?
Even if academic performance is ultimately most significant, shouldn't individuals accomplish more than prove that they can attain an effective ability to understand the material and apply it to analytical contexts? I lean towards believing that if most of a child's weekday is spent in an academic environment, the child will form a conclusion about how its autonomy is developed through that environment. Have you considered what your earliest exposure to an academic environment suggested to you about reality and how that affects what you have later deemed significant? As you think beyond the more apparent factors that would have motivated you towards a particular achievement, consider the factors that your academic environment would have needed to incorporate to form the outlook that you may wish to have and the control that you may wish to hold. If you find that the status quo compromises goals most adequately, consider spending time on a goal that you find negligible. What would you conclude about yourself after doing so?
Anna Mackiewicz is a 1L at the University of Richmond School of Law. Submit comments and letters to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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