What is the true purpose of school? School is often viewed as place where students learn and develop into well-rounded educated individuals. In the book, Dumbing Us Down, by John Taylor Gatto, the essay, “Against School,” by John Taylor Gatto, and as well as the documentary, The War on Kids, by Cevin Soling disagree with having schooling. I knowledge the positives outcomes with the school system, but overall I disagree with the school due to the aforementioned articles and the
What is school really trying to do with our lives? The article “Against School” by John Taylor Gatto is an article that talks about the problem of schools and how the goals are not what they say they are. First. the author talks about how the school system creates boredom and what could be done to fix it. He then talks about how school is not needed in its required class times, what the schools say the goals are for the students, and where our school system originated from.
The Game of School: Why We All Play It, How It Hurts Kids, and What It Will Take to Change It by Robert L. Fried is a great tool for identifying challenges in school systems and planning school reform. This book explains in great depth the problems faced by students and educators in schools today and ends with a call to action for solving these problems. Some major concepts that arise frequently throughout the book are time being wasted, students feeling powerless and the prioritization of test scores over authentic learning. Time is wasted by everyone in school and is wasted in various ways, for example students are given busy work and teachers rush through a curriculum while students learn nothing. Students, while they are the most important stakeholders, feel as though they have no control over their education.
53). The research used students of all ages, races, sex, and sexual orientation and identity. The subjects were not chosen based off any specific criteria other than the fact that they attend the public school system within the United States (p. 53). The study was carried out through analyzing public records data, such as the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights, in order to determine the number of students suspended within a time period, within what grades were they suspended in, and the reason for their suspension (p. 53-54). McCarter also incorporated research from various authors into her own in order to draw accurate conclusions of the negative consequences that zero-tolerance policies, high-stakes testing, school climate, the increased presence of SROs and their adverse effects on students (p.
Youth of color specifically are at an increased risk of being suspended at an extended time out of schools. Consequently, they are casted into the streets, which ultimately sends them into juvenile detentions or into prison. The problem of racial and ethnic disproportionality in the discipline of schools is not new issue. In 1974, in one of the earliest investigations of disciplinary policies and practices, “the Children’s Defense Fund revealed that suspension rates for African American students were between two and three times higher than those for white students”( Thomas Rudd February 05, 2015) Ongoing research are still showing that in many places, this problem have worsened significantly.
I believe that you never stop learning that we obtain knowledge in all aspects of life, but school is a major way that we broaden our horizons. This is one of the reasons I want to pursue medicine, you never stop learn and acquiring knowledge. With knowledge comes determination, achieving high grades and taking advantage of all possible opportunity take determination and determining how much it means to you. Personally, I have been determined my entire high school career to achieve high grades, be in the top of my class, and enter college
What if a kid committed a crime and didn't get sentenced as an adult for a murder? If you don't agree that kids or even teenagers shouldn't be sentenced to jail i think you're wrong because what if they did the crime to your kid or a family relative. I believed that they should be sent to juvenile hall or jail because a teenagner should be able to think what they’re doing and have the mentality that they're doing something really bad. For a kid it is a 50/50 because i also believe that they should know what they are doing is bad but then again they are kids.
The literature review clearly has shown that there is a phenomenon called School to Prison, Schoolhouse to Jailhouse, or Public Education to Prison Pipeline. Therefore, Jeremy Thompson (2016) says, “Zero-tolerance policies in schools result in high suspension rates and expulsion rates among students in general, but disproportionately affect minority students, especially African-Americans because students who have been suspended or expelled are more likely than not to end up in the Criminal Justice
It can teach you about the wrong and rights in this world and sometimes even teach you on how they affect and change us. It can also teach you on how we can all be the bigger person in some situations. A school system is also a place where most people feel safe and feel like they can express themselves. In fact, our education system isn’t actually broken, it is designed to create winners and losers. In college nowadays we have a lot of options on what we want to do.
Everyday Braxton goes to school and does the correct things needed to be known as a good kid. One day a fight happens in front of Braxton and tries to break the fight up, instead of breaking the fight up, Braxton ends up being fought also. He is told that he is punished instead of helped. In the short run everyone thinks he will learn from his mistakes, in the long run, this is ran through all of the colleges and nobody accepts him, Braxton drops out. When it comes to student misbehavior, most schools have long practiced a basic system of crime and punishment, isolating the perceived “offender” through detention or suspension.
It wasn 't just students and their parents - civil rights groups got involved, as did educators, and even juvenile judges sounded alarm at the number of young people who came out of zero tolerance with arrest records and other disciplinary millstones around their necks. The Obama Justice Department has also pressed school districts to find alternatives to arrest and expulsion. In recent years, Florida has indeed changed its approach - a 2009 amendment puts more discretion in the hands of school administrators to discipline students. A number of counties have also set up alternative sanctions for infractions - counseling, community service and other rehabilitative programs aim to help students improve their behavior, unlike expulsion, which left students to wander the streets during the day, fall behind on school work and get into even more trouble.
Envision waking up every morning to put on the same outfit and walk out the door, stress free. People would not have to worry about what fits, or what is fashionable at the time. Schools would not have to worry about inappropriate clothing but at the same time, that clothing may be a way for a student to express himself. Many schools view uniforms as a solution to several problems, but many schools view uniforms as a lack of self expression. School uniforms should continue, even though children may not get to express themselves, because they prohibit violence, provide cheaper lifestyles, and promote better education.
The purpose of education is to create the “catalyst”, - the interest, the imagination, the self-confidence, the enthusiasm for further knowledge that helps a person grow beyond what they believe they can be. Education should help develop skills and knowledge, so students can be productive members of society. The more knowledge you have, the more opportunities you have in life. I think back to my childhood and the teachers that made an impact in my life. I want to be that catalyst for students.
School Suspensions Are a Waste of Time Would you take school suspensions away if it would benedict the school? Many school have always used school suspensions as their way of chastisement, simply because it is the easiest way. School suspensions became popular around the 1960s and 70s because many more fights were occurring due to desegregation. Although school suspensions are widely used throughout most schools, it is time we found a more effective way of discipline. School suspensions are not working because students may not understand what they did wrong, suspensions feel more like time off than a punishment, and students are more likely to act out again after being suspended.