Is this what education has come to? In Diane Ravitch’s Stop the Madness, she states that “Test scores became an obsession… Test-taking skills and strategies took precedence over knowledge.” High schools don’t prioritize preparing citizens for the real world, their main focus is teaching the same basic principles to every student. Students’ time is being wasted learning about topics that they will never use in life once they graduate. Why should a student who is interested in becoming a doctor have to learn about the entirety of Chinese history or how to write an essay in MLA format? John Dewey, the father of experiential education said “A curriculum which acknowledges the social responsibilities of education must present situations where problems are relevant to the problems of living together, and where observation and information are calculated to develop social insights and
These two standards are highly debated and investigated amongst teachers, government officials, and parents to understand which standards will enhance student’s academic knowledge. Some state political boards do not agree with the new adoption if the Common Core Standards. After researching both standards and gaining my own opinion, I think to adopt the new Common Core Standards is a positive thing for our school systems. Even though it has some negative like difficult transition for students, standards are vague, and unequal access to technology in the classroom and at home (Meador, 2017). Even with all the cons associated with the Common Core Standards, I think the new Common
One of the most influential factors that are considered by universities is standardized test scores. i. Tests such as the ACT and SAT can be sole determining factors on whether or not one gets a merit scholarship. ii. This puts extreme pressure on a student to do well on one of the exams, because otherwise they will not have the opportunity to go to college.
Without integrity the honor system would fail due to the lack of honesty that is being set in place by having the students taking a pledge. With this being said students that take school seriously want pure focus and having the honor code it allows these principles to be put in place for better grades and higher rates of success. The author Chris Kahn in Source D uses a quote that shows the students use to commit to the honor code, “On my honor as a student, I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment/exam.” Kahn says that these students write the quote on every test that they turn in to provide a reminder that they are under the honor code. This is a strategy that is a strict form of the honor system letting the students to have complete trust in each other and to have the educators trust. That aside not every student will take a pledge and feel obligated to stop cheating or to be completely honesty.
In Should The Obama Generation Drop Out Charles Murray talks about the flaws found in the Obama education plan . He brings to the attention of the public the fact that many student in America graduate lacking the skills necessary for the proper college education. Murray goes on to argue that in today 's society students who graduate from High-school go on to technical college to pursue a vocational education in their field of study; whereas, older generations have pursued an all around education, enrolling in classes that were irrelevant to the career they were pursuing. Murray claims that if you test the vast majority of Americans (including himself) in the more rigorous subjects, they would most likely fail. Murray mentions that he does
In my mind brief yet tremendous thoughts with meanings were popping in my head. Not having to take anymore modified test, not being restricted to certain classes, not having to go into a special education classroom after school, and most importantly not being read too by a teacher on test like a child. However, the negative thoughts were also filling in my head as well. The most terrifying thought was if the man thought that I needed to be in the special education program in high school. Taking special education in high school would have been a big downbreak on me.
In a country that promotes the ideas of grit, innovation, resourcefulness, and growth, I find it curious that American universities are still using standardized tests as an indicator of future success in college. Although standardized tests are only one factor in admissions to many colleges, they should not be used at all because they do not accurately predict the success of students in higher educational environments. Instead of using the SAT and ACT, admissions officers should put more weight on written essays, cumulative high school grade point average, extracurriculars, and letters of recommendation when deciding admissions. Although some may argue that the SAT and ACT offer a way of ranking students without factoring in grade point average, their ability to predict the future success of college students has not been demonstrated. In a research study done by
Recently, the message has become clear to American young people that a high school diploma is not enough for them to enter the middle class. Therefore, a higher education like post-secondary education or above is necessary for the young people. However, a lot of American young people continue dropping out of high school and college because they do not recognize a clear connection between their studies and possible opportunities in the labor market. One specific solution for this problem is vocational education in Northern and Central Europe. Vocational education, a kind of training program, combines study and work simultaneously during middle school and high school.
Passing a standardized test should never be a high school graduation requirement. Tests are difficult for people with test anxiety, tests don 't cover everything students know or need to know, and test graduation requirements will cause teachers to only formulate lessons based around the test criteria. Test graduation requirements could be one of the worst things we could do with our education system If passing standardized tests were a graduation requirement then people with test anxiety would have a great disadvantage on the test. It is said that as much as 40% of children have test anxiety (half of which have an extreme case). Test anxiety can also affect your grade by on average 12 percentile points.
Bob says that teacher certification is not enough to show that that certain teacher is good enough to be effective to all students. Bob states that schools in the past didn’t research the teachers so they could make the students score high on end of course exams. He states that schools have to change the way they higher teachers so they can tell the difference between good and bad teachers. Bob states that doing this would help our students to be more successful. The second solution that Bob states is that schools should teach all types of school models.