Improving education is not an easy task. Since we all learn in different ways and have different potentials, no one could tell there is a sole way of improving education in a classroom. Specifically, colleges with variety group of students from different cultures, and backgrounds like Borough of Manhattan Community College face a big challenge in achieving a system that can improve the way students learn. However, thinking about what is a “good education” about, I could only come with two answers. Although there are some other factors that may influence a good education which are not irrelevant at all, such as a bigger classroom with small number of students, or a free tuition, books, or even transportation, when it comes down to improve education the most important subjects are two: students and professors.
Students with true willingness to learn take seriously their studies. In my own experience, I have seen classmates entering in the middle of the class more than half hour late not interested on what they missed from the lecture. I see more students in the food court area hanging around the whole day with their friends than students studying in the library together. These students do not take their studies as a serious matter and seem to remain in high school when they were teenage, but in fact, they are entering into adulthood. I think these students are not enough mature to face the fact that in college most of the learning we have to do it in our own. That is if we have one-hour class, at least we should spend three hours out school studying for that class. Additionally, immature students are usually not motivated at all, therefore no matter how much you try to convince them that studying is their own benefit, no matter if you give them the best conditions for learning, if they are unmotivated there is no much anyone can do about it.
On the other hand, motivated students are the ones who construct their education. They look for friends to do homework, and usually they are willing to stay long hours in the library to be done with their tasks. These students know that education is a huge bridge that connects them with the opportunities in the world. This “educational bridge” is supported by many pillars such as effort, sacrifice, discipline, awareness, constancy and a long list that requires students’ sacrifice and motivation. These students are able to learn regardless the obstacles they face. They see challenges as ways to improve and learn more about themselves. For instance, motivated students have a curiosity that leads them to learn new things. I strongly believe that motivated students are one of the most important factors in improving education. Although not having a bigger classroom or having expensive books are factors may influence students’ education, a motivated student is always looking for new ways to learn.
By testing students’ attitude towards education we can determinate whether or not a student is serious about his/her education. This could be really helpful for the educational system that spends lots of money in students that come to school only to have fun. I think students who really want to learn are the kind of students we should have in our classrooms.
Furthermore, what is a good student without a good professor? A classroom should consist of professors that love teaching. A good professor can improve the quality of learning. I am not a professor but what I have experienced so far is that you can sense a professor that loves teaching from the one who does not. He/ she dedicates extra time to his/her students. They have an imaginable patience that surpasses human limits and when it comes down to learning, they are the ones that teach real lessons to students. They are willing to answer questions that are not related to the topic of the class, but to life itself. These questions that most young adults look forward to answer, such as the importance of getting a good education, which I think depends on good educators as well. A good professor can teach anywhere in the world regardless the conditions. These types of professors make a big difference in students’ lives, also. I have seen unmotivated students become motivated because professor’s efforts. I myself was so unmotivated because I didn’t believe in myself, but one of my professors did, and said that the goal should not be grades, or degree, or diploma, the goal should be learning as much as possible. I first thought he wanted to impose his own values on me, but later I learned that if I did not believe in myself none of my efforts was worth it. A professor’s teachings transcends throughout student’s lives. A good learner perceives a good teaching.
Therefore, within a classroom and within our educational system, I think that it should consist of good professors as well as students willing to learn truthfully.