From elementary school to university and college, we’ve all had to do those dreaded school presentations. It’s always the same. The teacher calls your name and you head to the front of the class. You’re nervous and your classmates are bored, staring back at you with blank expressions. We’ve all been there.
Not anymore, if some students get their way.
One student in particular took to social media to protest class presentations.
stop forcing students
to present in front of the
class and give them a
choice not to
\ (•◡•) /
— leen (@softedhearts) September 8, 2018
It sparked a debate online between both students and teachers. Some students weighed in claiming that these forced presentations was the best thing for them to overcome anxiety, while others think they’re unfair because they can lead to lower grades and stress.
“Nobody should be forced to do something that makes them uncomfortable,” one 14-year-old student told The Atlantic.
So, what’s the solution?
Students say they want options, like just presenting in front of the teacher (as opposed to their classmates) or writing an essay instead. Basically, they want something geared towards their strengths to give them a fair chance to succeed.
Some teachers are on board and agree there are other ways to present information that doesn’t include an oral presentation, but other teachers aren’t convinced.
What do you think?