I sat in class uncomfortable, my whole body itching to get up and move around to relieve some of the restlessness. I finally stood up in the back of the class so I could focus on what the teacher was talking about instead of the urge to move. She told me to sit back down.
Another 20 or so minutes of not being able to concentrate finally passed and the bell rang. I waited for the students to file out before making my way over to my teacher to tell her about my ailment. I explained to her what restless legs was, and how I knew standing helped dull the urge to move. That getting up helps the unpleasant feeling go away temporarily. She then informed me that getting up in class was against the rules, which I already knew because there was a sign in the front of the room listing them. She told me that if I needed to stand up again in class, I’d need a doctors note (which I ended up getting after a few more days).
The rule of not being able to stand, or move at all, affected my learning. I wasn’t disturbing any of my classmates but still had to remain seated because it was a rule.
I realized that some rules only exist to be rules.
I understand not being able to listen to music during a lecture, or chatting with a friend the whole class, bet several of the regulations we’re expected to follow actually hurt our education instead of helping.
At a lot of schools, cell phones are seen as a bad thing, as a distraction. If they’re spotted with a student, they’ll be taken till the end of the day. At BIG, when we ask our teachers what something is, we get a snide response, usually along the lines of, “if only there was a small device where you could look that up.” Teachers tend to assume the worst when a student is on their phone, when in reality, it’s often used as a learning tool.
Another regulation that I think schools should abolish is raising your hand in before you can speak. I get that it’s too keep things orderly, but students are capable of learning to wait their turn to talk. I feel as though having to wait to be called on is detrimental to the creativity and depth of a conversation a teacher is having with their students. And often the student doesn’t even have the chance to say what they want to while waiting to be called on because they move on to the next topic before they can get it out. At BIG, our setting is one of an office. We have hour long meetings were we discuss whatever we need to go over for the week- we know how to wait out turn to speak. We often branch off an idea or comment someone says, one they wouldn’t have if we had to be called on to talk.
If we want the best possible learning environment, pointless regulations need to be scrapped. The skills we learn at BIG are more applicable to the real world. We are taught how to talk properly to professionals, we are expected to always be courteous to those we work with and responsible for ourselves. Because of these regulations, I feel prepared for what ever endeavor I seek next.