Freshman year of high school for me was pretty okay. I liked all my classes except English. The teacher was the devil’s son. I talk about him a little bit in my first day of high school blog post. Well, essentially this teacher didn’t know what a teacher was supposed to do. He would simply just assign us work. One time, my class was being chatty (he wasn’t teaching and everyone was bored), so he decided to give us a short essay on whether or now students should be allowed to speak in class. Below is what I wrote my teacher. Enjoy!
Students should be allowed to speak in class
School is a vital part of life. It is a place where teachers can empower kids with knowledge, so they can be future leaders. Both student and teachers spend a great deal of time in school, and that is where an age old question arises. Should students be allowed to speak in class? Now this question is an intriguing one, but there is only one correct answer. Students should be allowed to speak in class because it helps them express their views, answer questions, and learn social skills that are necessary for life.
The first reason is that it helps students express their views. A class that is conducted without no input from the students is boring and not very educational. Studies have shown that when students are bored they tend to lose focus. In order to combat that, teachers should implement activities where students can think critically and express their views. These types of activities include debates, seminars, and simple discussion. It is very important in the real world for students to know how to express their opinions clearly and support it. In Roman days, schools focused greatly on the art of speaking. They taught kids how to express their opinions and how to support it, and think about it, The Roman empire was one of the largest empires in the history, so they must have been doing something right when it comes to student’s education.
Next reason why students should be allowed to speak in class is that it allows students to ask questions. One of the greatest parts of learning is asking questions. If you cannot ask, you cannot learn. Students should feel free to ask their teacher questions when they are confused on the material that is being taught, and it is the teacher’s job to explain the material as best as they can. A teacher cannot know if his/her students are understanding the material or not if no student asks a question. This wastes a great deal of time in class since the teacher probably has to reteach the whole thing over if his/her students did horribly on a test or quiz since they didn’t as questions.
Finally speaking in class allows students learn social skills that are so important in life. Not only does social skills help with making friends, it helps keep them healthy. Social is one-third of your health triangle. If speaking is not allowed in classrooms, students will not have social skills that can cause them to have an unbalanced health triangle. The major place students learn social skills is at school, and if we take away their rights to speak in class we are disabling the students from becoming well-trained workers for the future. Someone who has no social skill abilities will have a hard time getting a job, making friends, finding out things, and many other things that are involved in being an adult.
In conclusion, school is fun and safe environment where teachers can empower their students. It is also a place where kids can make friends that can last a lifetime and learn things that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. If we want our students to be future leaders of tomorrow, we should allow them to speak in class, so they can express their views, ask questions, and learn social skills that are necessary for life.
As you can see from the essay, I was passionate about having the ability to talk in class. It surprised me greatly how some kids who want to kiss the teacher’s ass wrote about not having the right to speak. I don’t even talk in class, but having the opportunity to do so is very valuable. What are you guy’s views on speaking in class? Do you think teachers should encourage it or discourage it?