Professor Thomas outlines this particular scenario to demonstrate the difficulties in discussing and teaching about academic integrity in school. Because plagiarism can be effectuated with such ease, it often poses problems that many educators dread. Teachers utilize Google, TurnItIn.com and Safe Assign in order to end the cheating which has reached epidemic proportions.” (Thomas, 2011). However, there are intellectual property issues in using these sites and the Conference on College Composition and Communication advises against the use of plagiarism detection services as a policing tool.
In the first chapter Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your AMerican History Textbook Got Wrong, James Loewen explores the common process of heroification within America’s history. The flaws of many individuals, specifically Woodrow Wilson and Helen Keller in this chapter, are usually overlooked when recounting their achievements. Loewen points outs that when heroes are recognized for certain things it only covers a short person of the person’s life. The media and schools filter out the bad to leave room for inspiration and good. This chapter is historically important because it addresses the problem of refining facts in order to make heroes.
They worry too much about if their friends or crushes text back, they don’t worry enough about what their family had been through in times like slavery, civil rights, wars, and the Holocaust. Even now their is some rough times, but back then, it was worse, and now readers know that because they read these two books that taught them well about
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
In "America Needs Its Nerds" the author Leonid Fridman develops his argument by stating how the nerds feel when they are made fun of by others, how America has created stereotypes and how people look over them for the "cool kids." Many students take pride in their education. They also try to keep their grades up because academic achievement is important. Students who study hard and work hard do not like to admit to others how much they study/work. The author states, "Many students are ashamed to admit, even to their friends, how much they study."
Students have started expecting good grades for mediocre work, knowing that the professors are under an obligation to give in to the way the rest of college professors grade. Harvey Mansfield, says that according to the american education system, grading strictly is ‘cruel and dehumanizing’ and affects the student's self esteem. The author says how he thinks that a reason professors have opted into a lenient grading scale is to spare their students self esteems and feelings. I wonder, if students don’t learn how to cope with a critique from a professor on an assignment how are these students going to cope in the real world with criticism from coworkers or authority figures. Not only do these students suffer from self esteem issues they are not being challenged enough and suffer from laziness and lack an incentive to achieve
Throughout the United States, there are books that many school districts despise teaching and have teachers not teach, some reasons being due to obscene language and controversial topics like racism and slavery. Those reasons can make this book uncomfortable teach because some teachers don’t know how to address these topics to their students and the fear of making students upset. However, these controversial issues in books stem from history; one of those novels being, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn written by Mark Twain. High schools like Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia (Akkoc) and all Minnesota school districts (Sabur) have decided to not include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in their 11th grade teaching curriculum’s, due
Wattenberg writes a compelling, factual book about the possible reasons the youth of America do not live out their civil duties. However, I think Wattenberg overanalyzes the small details and forgets to look at one common denominator. As a young person in America, it is extremely relevant to mention that most millennials have no faith in the American political system. We have seen the system fail our families, and our neighbors, and our friends. Over the years a bureaucracy has formed, and the American people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the course that our country's political agenda is taking.
As almost every book has an opinion that somebody will not agree with. USD 259 cannot favor or be prejudiced against certain opinions. Then there is the issue that many banned books, like To Kill A Mockingbird or Fahrenheit 461, are often read in classrooms, and for good reason. These classics teach valuable lessons about life, growing up, other issues. It is not the school district 's right to deprive
I have one student that is very hard on themselves when they get an answer wrong so when teaching I try to make things as positive as possible. I have taught a Social Studies lesson, a math Lesson, and an English Language Arts lesson. The social studies lesson was a hard lesson to teach because they do not teach Social Studies in Raytown, the kids were unfocused and I feel like the lesson would have been better if they had an Idea about what was going on but I tied the best I could to build some background knowledge. The size of the district really shocked me seeing that there were 19 schools that served 9,000 students was a baffling number. Talking about massive numbers I wouldn’t was the child to feel like they are just a face in the crowd I want to make these children feel like they are an important part of
History is important to students everywhere, and Huckleberry Finn is most definitely an example of history. Many people believe that the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ruins the minds of students and that they would “go astray” because of the language, including the “n” word; what many people do not realize is that Twain was using the language that people from that day used.
Howard Zinn uses historical writings to explain an imbalance in objectivity, perspective, and justice. History books are written by the victors not the vanquished which makes the perspective of the story teller biased. As the story of Christopher Columbus he has been hailed as a hero especially in public schools and recognized as an historical occasion to have a day off granted by the government. Many as we grow more educational find out this sinister legacy that was swept under the carpet because there is evidence that supports while in the “new world” he destroyed the native peoples of islands he explored and it devastated native populations. There is no justice being done when the perspective does not reveal a whole truth when the objective
Karla, I actually believe that Gattos essay was more or less written as a form of an attempt as general persuasion, primarily directed to the general population but it could also be written to just about anyone who has been around or even possibly grown up in the American school system. While this essay was written after his career as a teacher it provides little insight into how he himself taught while he was in the same position. It seems that he is clearly frustrated with the American education system and while he may have made attempts to change it, he clearly displays his overall frustration on paper in this essay. While he never really comes out and states that school is important, I receive the impression that he does think that education is important, however it’s more as though he believes that the current lack of that initial spark for learning is severely lacking from the current education system. I, for one believe he is right however aside from his essay it doesn’t seem as though he has attempted to lobby very much support for this change.
The trouble with history books nowadays is that they present history to us through a bias. American history has changed dramatically, due to the actions of those who are trying to further their political and social agendas. Because of this, students are, in a way, brainwashed into believing the misconceptions contained in history books. In "Rewriting American History" Frances Fitzgerald explores the differences between history books from her childhood and the ones written more recently; these changes in context and perspective can negatively affect the convictions of many
In Diana Ravitch’s ‘(2010) article Why I Changed My Mind, she discussed how abiding by an educational system using accountability and choice has failed tremendously in America. In addition, Ravitch explained how the federally ordained policies are continuously contributing to the system’s decline as well. She believes the legislators are so focused on testing and teacher evaluation that they are ignoring the root of educational problems faced in the United States. With such strong emphasis on testing and test results, educators have changed their teaching strategies in an attempt to satisfy this broken structure. There is strong attention to preparing students to pass standardized tests while simultaneously denying teachers the time to focus