Editorial, Student's Voice

Preserving Education with Project Based Learning

Author | Christian Rebolledo | Grade 8 | United States of America

The primary purpose of education is to preserve and provide knowledge for change. For innovation. For progress.

At this point in time that primary goal isn’t quite being achieved in the United States of America in the way that it could be. Although this country is supposed to be at the highest end of the educational spectrum, there are still ways to improve. Of course, it cannot be perfect, but changes should be made to strive for a better future by improving curricular issues as well as social ones.

The primary issue I see in the realm of education is that the curriculum is generalized and won’t fit the needs of every student. For example, one student may be very advanced and one student may need extra help. The curriculum at this point in time does not account for these issues and will either teach at an “advanced” level leaving other students short of what they need. Or, the curriculum will be at a low level where the advanced students will not gain as much knowledge and benefit from the education. In fact, this is true for both scenarios as, without a challenge, a student will not be able to create real-world connections on subjects and therefore will not be able to reach their full potential.

This is where project-based learning comes in. Project-based learning is a very beneficial way to learn by doing, not just hearing and watching. It provides the opportunity to create personal connections that can be used to impact the world at a larger scale and innovate industries with never-before-seen ideas. All in all, it is very important to cater to education to every student’s personal needs for the best results in the long term. And to do this, project-based learning can play a crucial role in helping these students reach their full potential and implement said potential in the real world.