To this day, standardized tests are still put into use with students taking 112 of those tests on average before high school graduation (Hirsch). Standardized tests have been around for over a century and with its perceived effectiveness, this will continue. A student’s intelligence should not be tested through a series of standardized tests; as there are many alternatives and with the current track the education system is on, may leave a negative impact on more than just the students. Students face many obstacles as they grow in a constantly changing society. The nation’s youth is boggled with mental illnesses and disorders that often go undetectable.
When children come into CHLA many have had little or no education. In this case, they work with tutors so that they are able to enroll in their designated class. This has been a major emphasis for the Casa Hogar since opening in 1996. Many children catch up quickly, while others take more time. This can be a reflection of their lack of exposure to learning or a result of more serious developmental delays.
History of Service: Jared has been receiving occupational therapy for many years to support his sensory needs and facilitate his participation in his academic setting. Progress toward previous OT goal: Jared made good progress and met his goals until last school year. His classroom teacher, 1:1 aid, and OT tried various strategies to help him attend to learning. However, he did not respond to any identified intervention. Jared did not make progress for the past school year.
This increased from 1999 to 2013 in diagnosed cases. About 13 percent of the patients had elbow pain, which the common age of elbow pain was the age of 13. At the age of seven, kids join travel teams so they can enjoy the sport. 70 percent of most kids in the US drop out at the age of 13 mainly because they are pressured to perform better and lack of enjoyment of the
Two months had gone by before I was able to fully return to school. Overwhelmed with all the material I had missed, I simply struggled in returning. Test, quizzes, and homework from various classes began to conquer my confidence in a successful year. I soon accepted the false thoughts that consumed my determination, I had given up on the year not even half way through it. My grades began to dropping, all the hard work I had put in, over my high school career, for the sake of my GPA didn 't matter to me anymore.
Throughout my four years of high school, my life has changed drastically. Not only have I matured and grown as an individual, but I have met new people, and experienced new events. By far the most life changing event in high school has been my girlfriend, Kaitlyn. Through my first three years of high school, I struggled with motivation. I attended classes regularly, but lacked in effort and ended up barely passing or failing most of my classes.
Reading about Frederick Douglass 's struggle to learn to read and write reminded me of some difficulties I faced when I was also trying to learn. All throughout elementary school, I had to take a speech therapy class to help me learn to read. It was very difficult to learn how to read some words because of my speech impediment. However, I worked a little harder each day to sound words out right and before I knew it, I was able to read and write just as good as every other student. In a way, Douglass and I both had some difficulties we had to push through to be able to learn to read and write but if you work hard enough anything is possible.
There are other ways you can learn in the classroom, you can learn from the environment that is around you. This process is known as enculturation and it can affect and even enhance learning. Repetition is what really affects someone in a culture. By seeing, hearing, and doing things over and over they start to become part of who you are. From the class I observed I noticed that the teacher often used repetition as the way to get the students to learn and get the correct answer.
I combated with this challenge for the first semester of the year. I made numerous attempts to speak up in the classroom, but during my of these attempts, the class usually changed topics or someone already brought up my idea before I could speak. I attempted asking the only friend I have in the class to help open up the conversation for me, but that proved to be futile when many other students leaped at the opportunity when a new topic opens up. Every effort I made to get a spot in the debate did not work in my favor. At the end, I was left with only one option.
At first I started off taking 1 or 2 classes per semester, but outside interference had me gradually upping the classes. Between work, a lack of motivation due to not having any idea of what I wanted out of life carved out, and pressure from family, I found myself not prepared for these classes. This is what you will see as you look up and down my transcript and see W's and WF's. You will see the unachieved goals, the times I thought I was an angel, the times I dreamt of being perfect. At the time of writing this paper I am 23 years old.