States have been removing or hiding history from students. In Denver, students are protesting about a school board review which wants to “[ensure] that teaching materials present positive aspects of the U.S history” and promote citizenship” (Wallace n. pag. ).Tulsa Race Riot history is an important U.S. history event which hasn’t been incorporated into many textbooks, even though there were “dozens of deaths [and] hundreds of injuries” and also the destruction of Greenwood which later results in students poor knowledge of where they came from (Hoberock n. pag.).
By so doing, the system of education alienates millions of kids who do not see any purpose in going to school. Furthermore, one similarity Gatto and Robinson shared is the effect of schooling on students’ morals. Gatto referred to Prussian system in his discussion, an old idea of compulsory schooling as a system that can influence the morals, and make children fulfill their potentials. Likewise, Robinson pronounced that kids are not successful under the current system of education in our country because education is being reformed. For example, cases of ADHD are on the increase.Our children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in the history of the earth because these kids ended up being medicated as routinely as we have our tonsils taken out.
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.
Another reason books are often challenged is because of offensive themes. Themes can range anywhere from honesty to kindness to loyalty. However, a major theme of Killing Mr. Griffin is peer pressure. In the beginning of the book Mark decides he wants to kidnap his teacher for making him fail the class twice. “I 'm taking the stupid course over again because I have to have an English credit to graduate, and that idiot Mr.Griffin keeps failing me.” (Duncan 17) At first nobody was on board with the plan, but eventually he convinces four of his classmates to partake in this dastardly deed.
A Lie Learned For Next Time One theme demonstrated in Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s. short story, “The Lie” is procrastination can lead to worse and more serious situations. Eli, a young boy, is pressured by his parents to get into Whitehill, a school for academically surpassing boys. Unfortunately, Eli finds out he failed the exam when his results come back in the mail. So, Eli rips up the letter and throws it away as soon as possible.
With this privilege, every state is able to lower the standards of the tests, making them easier for students to complete successfully and portray results of improvement. This is an obvious flaw because any statistics taken from the results of these tests can be unreliable and not representative of the students’ actual academic abilities. It was found that, in some states, No Child Left Behind testing led to a higher number of students with disabilities dropping out of school due to the inability to perform at what the school considered “normal” academically. Another flaw in the program would be “teaching to the test”. Since AYP is solely based on the results of standardized testing, it encourages teachers to only teach a handful of basic skills rather than creating a detailed and in-depth understanding of the curriculum.
Standardized Testing; Are they so bad? Standardized testing can come with huge consequences for students and even teachers. A student who was a junior from Arlington, Texas got suspended because he took a picture of a STAAR exam. This standardized exam which had to be taken to allow there state to determine what a ninth grade student needed know going into high school. That student named Kyron Birdine did not find this test necessary just like majority of the other students.
What Is the Real Cause of Educational Achievement Gap? Summary of article:(TS)In the article“ The Facts about the Achievement Gap” originally published in the book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools in 2013, Diane Ravitch claims that there are many reasons causing educational achievement gaps and only focusing on improve school systems will not help us to solve it completely. According to the article,the educational achievement gap means different degrees of achievements that students receive from their schools. (MP#1) As Ravitch says,“what we call achievement gaps are in fact opportunity gaps.”(ELAB) Different family backgrounds provide different opportunities to every child. (ELAB)
No Child Left Behind obligated school districts in all states to ensure that all students are proficient. “After New York City’s reading and math scores plunged in 2010, many schools imposed extra measures to avoid being shut down, including daily two and a half hour prep sessions and test practice on vacation days.” (Is the Use”). Standardized tests measure only a small portion of what makes education meaningful, as recent studies have shown. Standardized testing creates disadvantages for students who do not perform well on tests, or do not have the background knowledge to complete questions effectively. Testing does not take into consideration the external factors that can affect a student.
It is more than a matter of who is or is not offended. The debate of whether Huck Finn should be banned from high schools is a matter of teaching future generations what is right and what is wrong. Few people will read Huck Finn on their own for the fun of it – especially high school students. It is paramount that these students be taught the history of injustice and hate through responsible teachers. After all, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat