According Gatto, a man who speaks from both the perspective of a student and a teacher, the education system in America is truly a marvel of modern social engineering. He argues the problems commonly associated with American education are just the opposite because, in his view, what some view as issues, are what society has created as the fundamental pillars of schooling. It is his belief that school simply exists not to educate, but to instill the qualities necessary to produce a compliant work force. Thus, the twelve years of schooling millions of kids experience all across the United States only plans to ‘dumb [them] down’ (Gatto, 2003). All the time, money, and effort these kids impart unto their studies in the hopes of learning is only
Standardized testing has become a very controversial topic amongst the nation. There are two sides, one that agrees that these tests are doing well for students and school officials, and another that argues that these tests are hurting the students taking them and should be put to a stop. Norman R. Augustine wrote an article for the need of standardized testing, and Jessie B. Ramey States the ways that the tests are impairing the learning capability of the students. Norman uses three arguments that people opposing the standardized test would most often use. The first is that these test encourages the teachers just to “teach the test”, but he ensures that, this is exactly what the teachers should be doing.
There is bound to be the decline of power for the U.S. Fridman is asking these critical rhetorical questions to bring up the problem with outcasting nerds. They are the ones that keeps America a world power and without them our rival can over power us. This rhetorical question is forcing the reader to think about how serious the problem is and by society valuing physical fitness over academia it is keeping the country from
As United States citizens, we lack the motivation for preparedness and choose to wait until something happens in order to find a solution. Representative Rush Holt speaks out on the issues The United States has as a whole in the article, Why Foreign Language Matters, by using the three rhetorical devices, ethos, pathos, and logos. Holt can be given credibility because he directly quotes the words of one of our Presidents, Barack Obama, trying to persuade us on what we should be doing to become bilingual. The author uses pathos to grab the readers by the heart and toggle their emotions when he refers to the attack of 9/11. By stating factual evidence, the author uses logos when he discloses the amount of money raised for the National Security Education Program.
He asserts that the high levels of plagiarism would decrease if appropriate punishments and consequences followed the action of not giving credit where credit is due: “Teachers must be vigilant, and students who plagiarize must be punished swiftly and severely” (p. 103). Delvin believed that punishments should be severe as all students have been educated about the issue of plagiarism through scholarly institutions or common morals: “all students instinctively know… that it is wrong to steal someone else’s ideas, words, or facts” (p. 105). Delvin also claims that “[prohibited actions] begin to drop only when increased enforcement and stricter … penalties [are] enforced” (p. 105). Due to the students’ prior knowledge about the subject, one would expect that they would uphold to the regulations. However, as students still continue to plagiarize, the appropriate punishment for their actions should be strictly
My school would greatly benefit from the application of an honor code as long as such a code is approved by the student body. Such an honor code would bring about students to reconsider their actions before cheating on a test. This is because an honor code has the ability to create a culture among students which discourages cheating. Also, including harsh punishments within the honor code would dishearten students from cheating out of fear of potential consequences. Schools which have not benefited from honor codes are very different from Classical, and therefore do not prove that an honor code would be ineffective at Classical.
Standardized Testing Argumentative Essay The United States’ education system sets kids up for failure. This is due to mandatory tests called standardized testing, which attempts to see where a child’s current cognitive abilities lie. However, standardized testing fails to do so, and is a detriment to student education, failing to prepare students for post-education life. These fallacies in the US education system are due to the avocation for teachers to ‘Teach to the Test’ and testing material not being suited to properly gauge student progress and knowledge. Teachers are persuaded to regulate what they teach to their students by what 's on the test due to government funding based off school’s test scores.
They say that labelling occurs through three distinct steps, being speculation, elaboration, stabilisation, which then allow teachers to interpret behaviour of the student in terms of label and may feel they know what makes the student ‘tick’. Teachers may find labelling useful to ‘pigeon hole’ types of students and form a sense of their class, however, labels are not always a good thing and can lead to serious consequences. Once a label is attached it can be ‘sticky’ and difficult to loose, as teachers screen out behaviour that does not match their expectations of that particular student, which intern may impact the experiences children have within the institutions such as, being allowed on school trips and assignation to lower exam tiers or sets. The a problem then arises where students then start to believe the label and internalise it as part of their identity, creating a self- fulfilling
The point of education is for professors to provide students with a variety of views on a controversial subject, not provide them with their own opinions. In fact, when teachers provide students with multiple point of views it not only makes them more successful, but also establishes a more effective curriculum and education to students. However, while Source G argues that the Academic Bill of Rights push for diversity by removing the already present politics in the classroom results in teachers censoring their beliefs for students, even when they are “experts in their subject matter.” It is important to remember that
The motivational critique of traditional classroom organisation holds that the competitive grading and informal reward system of the classroom creates peer norms opposing academic efforts (Coleman, 1961). Since one student's success decreases the chances that others will succeed, students are likely to prompt norms that high achievement is for "nerds" or teachers' pets. Such work restriction norms are familiar in industry, where the "rate buster" is scorned by his or her fellow workers (Vroom, 1969). However, by having students work together toward a common goal, they may be motivated to express norms favouring academic achievement, to reinforce each other for academic efforts. Thus, motivational theorists build group rewards into their co-operative learning methods.
What makes someone American isn’t just blood or birth but allegiance to our founding principles and faith in the idea that anyone--from anywhere--can write the next chapter of our story, quoted from our current president, Barack Obama. It is said that America is a land of immigrants, but why are they not allowed into the U.S today? America loses opportunities to become a better place, because our immigration reform constantly turns down citizenship applications, from people who want to make a difference in America. If these applications continue to be turned down, families will be torn, the economy will be broken and futures will never become a reality. One important reason why undocumented immigrants should be allowed into the U.S is that many of them have American families and splitting them up would cause
I feel that the consequence policy had appropriate consequences for different violations, I thought that having different consequences for different levels of offenses was a good idea for the elementary school. Consequences are extremely important for students to learn how to behave and what is and is not appropriate for them to do in school. The curriculum enforcement policy ties directly into my group (the curriculum committee). The curriculum enforcement policy had different parts that were incorporated into it that all passed, most of the policy focused directly on having the teachers collaborate with one another. As a future educator I agreed with the policy immensely, I feel that in order to have a successful teaching staff collaboration is key.
The general policy is that as a consequence, the students involved should be punished and their grades put in jeopardy. Unfortunately, some teachers are more lenient than other when applying this rule. There is an inconsistency with the punishment of some cheating instances over others. For example, Laurel has strict rules on cheating on standardized tests. Because there is such a huge spotlight public schools to perform well on standardized testing, administrators take extra precaution to avoid any incidents that may blemish their appearance, such as a student caught cheating, thus invalidating the test scores of every other student in the area.
Testing would shine a spotlight on low-performing schools, and choice would create opportunities for poor kids to leave for better schools.” (Ravitch, 495). In some ways, they wanted to end the social difference in education, they wanted to give opportunity to students that does not have it. However, they are different in ways that Ravitch stated to believe that this dream was not going to be possible because the government was more worried about the test scores than the students gaining real knowledge, and Greene was still believing that choice, accountability, etc. were really helping students’
However, some claim that removing electives would allow students to focus more on school instead of work instead of socializing. School is for learning and earning an education, and electives are just different styles of learning designed for different types of minds. In conclusion, the students of central high school receive a great benefit from these elective classes. Electives are needed for students to jumpstart their careers and express their talents in a mature, professional way. Doing away with electives would bring more harm than just fixing