An Analysis of the Secondary Education
Education is mankind’s way of struggle for survival and enlightenment (Gutek, 2006). Presently, it has evolved as a means of civilizing people and gaining entrance into the status of working people with high paying jobs. Thus, education tries to answer the needs of man in a very special way. Education has many levels, including elementary, secondary and tertiary education. Among these three, the most strategic for a man’s intellectual development is secondary education. Secondary education is an entry into the world of adults.
It is the preparation of the students into higher education where career starts to dawn. Objectively, its purpose is to expand a student’s knowledge of subjects already taught in the elementary level and to prepare the student for further studies and as future citizens (Brickman, 2006). Due to this very aim of secondary education, one of the contributions that can be given to secondary education is to include in their curriculum an extra course that introduces them to various languages.
It is true that the English language is the most widely known and used language throughout the globe. But it is important that students learn other languages besides English to expand their knowledge. Languages such as the Mandarin of the Chinese, Italian and the French language can be very handy for students in the future. Even the Latin language can be integrated into the course to instill in students a sense of history and appreciation of the past. This is also in answer to the developing globalization that is evident in our society today.
Knowing other languages, even only the spoken language of each is obviously an asset for the students who will be the future citizens of the country. This skill may also make then versatile and respectful of other cultures and traditions. The main purpose of secondary education is to prepare students, whether it is for further studies or future career. This very purpose is not wholly met in most of the secondary schools, not only in our country but throughout the world. Thus, the neglect on accomplishing this purpose is the very weakness of secondary education.
Although secondary education is built to become a transition of a student from being a student to becoming a citizen of society, most of the time, secondary education just becomes extended elementary education. The techniques used in elementary education are still used extensively for secondary education which is not actually appropriate. Using methods that are used in the elementary education such as spoon-feeding is not an effective way of preparing the students for the real world outside.
Thus, innovative teaching methods that awaken the analyzing and resourceful mind of the individual students should be encouraged. Independence should also start to take root on students at secondary education. In addition, since secondary education is a preparatory stage into adulthood, the students should be made to think of the career paths they wish to take in the future. Different fields of work and career should then be introduced. Variety is important in the curriculum of the students where the diverse fields of arts and sciences are touched.
By doing so, the students get a peek of what interests them most and thus, guide them in their career decisions. These objectives can be achieved by engaging students in different activities such as sports tournaments, experiments of different branches of science, painting and building activities, staging plays and musicals, and math quiz contests. The secondary student of today is faced with a lot of temptations into ruin and addictive vices. The electronic world that is evolving in our society today defeats the efforts educators employ to make a student a good and responsible citizen of tomorrow.
Thus, the average high school student of today is faced with greater challenges and trials than the high school student of past generations. The increasing age gap between adults and the youth due to the accelerating trends in society adds to the demanding challenges that a high school student has to confront. It is thus the responsibility of present day educators to bridge this gap and prepare the students to become decisive even at an early age. Thus, the challenges that face the students are also the challenges that face the educators of the modern world.