Individuality and Its Impact on Students

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In order for one to understand how to function as a member of society, it is essential to understand how to function as an individual. The public schooling system in America teaches the importance of conformity as a way of life, a lesson that discourages independence and encourages reliance on others. Public schools should support individuality in terms of class selection in order to prepare students for what lies beyond high school.

When students attend school each day, they are required to attend certain courses in order to graduate high school. Due to the fact that these classes have already been chosen for the students, they are discouraged from any type of individuality because the classes have no correlation to their personal interests. Source E states how ineffective the public schooling system is because it strips students of any type of individuality or creativity, making it completely conformed to the standards of the district: “It is a rare child who can come through his schooling with much left of his curiosity, his independence or his sense of his own dignity, competence and worth.” If public schools were to alter their standards to fit the personal interests of the students, the interest in school would increase dramatically. Source F shows a photo of a group of young children singing in a choir class. In my school, like many others, choir is given to students as an elective. While this class is available to take, many students do not have the opportunity to take it because they are too concerned about meeting district requirements in order to graduate. If schools were more open to individuality rather than conformity, not only would the interest in school increase, but the effort would increase as well, leading to a more positive outcome. With improved grades and positive attitudes, students would be in the process of preparing themselves for what the real world has to offer.

When stepping into the real world, it is the non-conformists who lead...
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