«If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education»- Thomas Jefferson.
This quote implies that there is no freedom without education which is what I honestly believe. One of the most important sources of education come from what we learn in school. If the children do not get proper schooling, how can this apply to them? If I were principal of a high school, and were given the opportunity to develop the students’ curriculum, rules of behaviour and criteria for promotion, I would do everything as fairly as possible, so nothing is prejudiced against anyone. In the following paragraphs, I have given my recommendations about what I think would make a good school system.
Before I try to change the attitudes of my students, I would make sure that I have a competent, cooperative, yet a caring team of teachers who have a good background and record of teaching in their subjects. They will need to have the ability to change teaching based on what does and does not work in the class. They should be open-minded, tolerant and patient. They will need to be able to handle any situation they encounter with confidence. They will be perfect role models.
What I need to take into account when I develop the curriculum is that everyone is different, having different interests and personalities. Not everyone dreams of becoming a scientist, doctor or a lawyer when they grew up. For this reason, I will try to properly divide the curriculum between the theoretical and practical aspects of learning, as well as a good portion of the curriculum time going towards physical education and or the arts. This makes everything all the more balanced. When the students arrive newly to high school, around grade 9 and even 10, I will make sure they get more of the academic subjects such as Maths, English, Science and Geography…
My ideal school is a modern three-storey building of a typical design. I would like it to be more modern and well-equipped than ours. Behind the school there should be a big garden with beautiful flower-beds, bushes and fruit trees. When you enter the building you can see a large hall with lots of plants and benches inside. On the right there is a large and state-of-the-art canteen with modern furniture.
The cloak room should be on the ground floor. The classrooms, the laboratories, the doctor’s office, the library, the teachers’ room are situated on the upper floors. On the walls of the corridors you can see beautiful landscapes, pictures of famous scientists, writers and other outstanding people of our country. There are light curtains on the windows and many pots with flowers on window sills. The halls are full of sunlight. There are many different special classrooms for the classes of Physics, Chemistry, English, Geography and Biology. They have high quality projectors, schemes and tables on the walls.
The classrooms have modern laboratories which are well-equipped for different experiments and tests, which are carried out by our pupils during the lessons. On the second floor there is our computer room, assembly hall and a swimming pool. I think that all our pupils and teachers will enjoy this new and modern school. It would be the place you would like to come back again and again.