A school is an important place to develop the minds and bodies of the young as
they take their first steps in broadening their understanding of the world and
themselves. As the primary `clients' of schools are the students, emphasis
should be placed on their progress into productive people capable of being
worthy citizens in the society.
To produce such people, it would be ideal if
the school provides a conducive environment for learning. The surroundings
should not be a busy thoroughfare, but
rather, peaceful and green as these will relax the mind and encourage
introspection. Also, the climate in school
should be one that encourages learning. If park benches with tables are placed
in cool shady spots and occupied by students who are quietly concentrating on
their work or busy discussing their work, the school will become an inviting
place to those who are reluctant to study.
A school is as good as dead if it does not have dedicated teachers who put in
effort in making learning an enjoyable yet thought-provoking experience. The
ideal school has teachers who are thoughtful in planning how the lesson can
achieve the aims outlined and unafraid of being different in their methodology.
Lessons become more interesting as they stimulate creativity and independent
thinking. Teachers are 'friends' to their students, that is, the students see
them as approachable and deserving of respect. This also helps to bridge the gap
between teachers and students, allowing the former to act as counselors whenever
the need arises.
The curriculum taught in the ideal school would focus on the pupils' learning
rather than the teachers' teaching. By this, I mean that effort would be made in
ensuring that the curriculum provides challenges for the students and stimulates
them to pursue the subjects with interest. This is in contrast to the current
syllabus in school where the teachers merely lecture and
cram information down the students' throat. Instead of giving the
students the information, more would be done to allow exploratory learning, like
work project and assessing the process by which they arrive at the conclusions
rather than just grading the finished product.
Opportunities would be given for individualized learning in the ideal school.
This means that there are enough different co-curricular and extra-curricular
activities in school to meet the different needs of the students. Instead of the
teachers telling the students how to run the activities, students would be
trusted to do the job. This will lead to testing out their organizational skills
as well as problem-solving abilities. Even if an activity is not well received,
the students will be able to learn from their mistakes and move on to greater
awareness. This is important for the growth of the student as an individual as
well as a team player.
An ideal school is one that allows the students to discover their strengths
and minimize their weaknesses. It is one that makes learning enjoyable and