This has been cemented into the brains of every school boy and girl from early on and yet still, it has become prevalent to relinquish ones desire to be educated so one may conform to the habits of the culture around them. The corruption of mankind is the concept that being intelligent makes you arrogant and off-putting when in reality, becoming literate and informed can open more doors and present more opportunities than every before! In Gerald Graff’s, “Disliking Books”, Graff describes his academic and intellectual upcoming through his experience from literature in school. Despite his environment and the culture around him, Graff found clarity in class discussion and fascination in literature. Slowly, with the guidance of his father and his personal drive to rise above the conformity around him, Graff was able to overcome the corruption around him and find new meaning in being knowledgeable; proving to the world and himself that with the right mindset and determination, you can rise Per aspera ad astra (from the mud to the
Jonah's meaning of the letters are, that these letters are pranks because “now they are in middle school and that's what middle schoolers do.” pg. 25 He constantly repeats “it's no big worry and they should ignore it.” pg. 25,26 As Chip and Catherine start searching the name’s Jonah decides to not helps until they start finding leads. The next point of view the letters are understood as our chips in ships point of view he believes that the letters represent a threat or a mystery. My example is how he constantly repeats that they “need to look into the list and find out who was sending the letters also where the letters were being sent from.” pg.25 he's in Catherine then start searching the list they were sent in the letters trying to find who sent them.
Some may say that educational systems are superior, however, some can argue that the educational system needs a change. Francine Prose’s purpose in “I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read” stood out clearly, to inform parents on how the current system of education is ineffective to young learners. Her use of words, ethos, logos and pathos appeals to educators and students to inspire change in their education standards. Prose wittingly begins her essay with a shocking opening paragraph; her strong language in which attacks the various works of literature. Her full use of strong language diminishes pieces of literature’s worth and questions their true significance.
Is this what education has come to? In Diane Ravitch’s Stop the Madness, she states that “Test scores became an obsession… Test-taking skills and strategies took precedence over knowledge.” High schools don’t prioritize preparing citizens for the real world, their main focus is teaching the same basic principles to every student. Students’ time is being wasted learning about topics that they will never use in life once they graduate. Why should a student who is interested in becoming a doctor have to learn about the entirety of Chinese history or how to write an essay in MLA format? John Dewey, the father of experiential education said “A curriculum which acknowledges the social responsibilities of education must present situations where problems are relevant to the problems of living together, and where observation and information are calculated to develop social insights and
This has become a huge burden because some states are disregarding the Common Core curricula and are figuring out other ways to educate their students. This shows to prove that Common Core has done everything but positively affect the way that states have transformed their standards. Another problem is the fact that history has basically been removed from Common Core English Standards. Valerie Strauss claims that schools “no longer teach the literary periods associated with the history of each text”. Through this, history has been devalued and now students are failing to recognize the importance of U.S. History.
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
Such an example is David Horowitz, as he delineates in his article the lack of clear policies on the matter, referencing the University of Colorado, where its “guidelines [...] [do] not provide sufficient protection for students unlikely to visit it” (Source D). While Horowitz raises legitimate concern from prior experiences, his insistence on stricter policies are not the solution, and would instead bring about more complications, more so on the student’s view on the matter. As Ann Marie Bahr supplements through anecdotal evidence, she asserts that “students do not have the academic maturity” to employ its use, detailing on the various instances where students felt they had justification for taking offense at her teaching methodology and beliefs because of David Horowitz’ very own “Academic Bill of Rights” (Source H?). By misinterpreting the reason for such measures, they exploit its terms and fail to realize the detriment to their education. Academically immature students risk blinding themselves towards other perspectives and potentially become embedded with a form of self-superiority over their own stance.
These movements changed education, putting it onto the path of success. John Dewey is introduced in a discreet type of way when Scout talks about being taught Group Dynamics and what Jem calls the “Dewey Decimal System.” She goes on to mention how it had became schoolwide and is disappointed that she never had a chance to compare it with other teaching techniques (Lee 32). John Dewey’s Theory of Education gets mixed up with Melvil’s Dewey Decimal System for classifying books in a library. Educational reform is upon Scout and her school whether she knows it or not. “In spite of their abstract and difficult packaging, Dewey’s ideas… have repeatedly provided both a foundation for school improvement and a target for education critics” (Eakin 1).
Previously, in Dr. Boyce’s literacy class, we rigorously studied and learned how to apply reading strategies to specific texts. Thus, the text ‘Stupid Lady From Denver’ by Chris Tovani (2004) struck me as especially familiar. Everything that was stated in the article brought back memory after memory of all the various reading strategies we covered last semester. Tovani (2004) states that “Good readers separate themselves from struggling readers when they recognize that they are confused and do something to repair meaning”, which rings especially true to my memory as well (p. 5). She encouraged us to seek out challenging portions of the text that confused us, use our marks to label what was unknown, and then use the strategies such as ReQuest,
I must admit I was excited to jump into reading this particular study. Just from looking at the title, this looked like one of the most interesting topics of inquiry to me. I recently started reading James Loewen’s Lies my History Teacher Told Me, and in that book, the author explores not only the stone-cold lies history textbooks (and by virtue those who use them) perpetuate, but the sometimes delicate reasons these lies continue. While my heart demands that everyone knows the full truth about everything at any age, my rational mind at least considers that some issues need to be covered at the right developmental stage of a child’s cognitive maturation. Things such as statistically insurmountable odds related to social class and mobility (or lack thereof), historical race/gender/class issues, and the true history of American/European imperialism may not always be the best thing to share with young minds lacking the historical and cognitive framework and background to digest this material in an academic way.