Yee Ling Briana Wong

Yee Ling Briana Wong

If people cannot explore to find their interests, how can you expect them to be engaged in any situation? When you know all the facts in the world, would the next step then be to learn why they were relevant?

Here's what the workforce, or really humanity as a whole, needs: People who gladly use every moment they can to do work they believe in.

Here's what the majority of educational systems produce: People who necessarily associate good grades with intellect, projected earnings, and success. A majority of people in the workforce who "hate their jobs."

I believe that a humanistic, positive education model can be made accessible for you if you'd like to experience it. I'm exploring evaluation methods and curricula in education.

A majority of the people I know feel numb emotionally. I think that it's related to how the educational system emphasizes absolute, evidence-based truths. For instance, the natural sciences and mathematics arguably garner the most respect as fields of study. Yet, human reason is fallible and our studies are subject to uncertainty.

Belonging, connection and love are irreducible human needs that have yet to be described accurately by any means, scientific or otherwise. The current percentage or letter grading method is an attempt to sum up several aspects of personality and intellect. People are inherently emotional. Grades are an attempt to ignore the irreducible human needs of people; they are excluded, as if they have no impact on cognition. Emotions are always present and they are a part of our thoughts, as much as they are a part of our whole selves.

Reality is chaotic and unpredictable. I challenge the people in educational policy to openly acknowledge this through reform. Make schools a place where people feel free to explore schools of thought. Do humanity justice by at least attempting to experiment with new evaluation techniques.