Did you know that the United States ranks 17th in education performance? That is a huge drop from 1980 when the United States was ranked 1st. Clearly, our education system has gone in a downward spiral and is struggling to keep up with other countries. The documentary, “Waiting for Superman” by David Guggenheim, and the article, “Idiot Nation” by Michael Moore, discuss the weaknesses in our education system. Although both authors offer compelling arguments, “Waiting for Superman” contained a better argument because of its abundance of rhetorical strategies, whereas “Idiot Nation” contained some logical fallacies.
I did not realize my potential as a young scholar; in doing so, I set myself back academically. My priorities were set on understanding the hectic schedule instead of the vigorous goals that I have now. As a fourteen year-old in freshman year, my standards were set lower for myself since I was unorganized and lost majority of the time. I lacked skills in time-management and multitasking; skills which I practiced and perfected through my school’s use of the modular schedule.
Compulsory voting has proven to better represent the young, poor, and minorities who tend not to vote. However, it is not cost effective. The labor involved and the cost to pay for the jurisdiction and congressmen to pass it is extremely high. America would lose more money a year on this system and further drive down already struggling sectors such as social security and education by being forced to draw even more of their finds a way. As it stands now the concept is not constitutional, an altar to the first and twenty-fourth amendments would be required at least, and that would still not guarantee it to pass.
The system for allocating money is completely unfair and it has completely turned a blind eye to the inflated price tag for managing functional schools. Simply put, while the total operational cost for schools are tremendously expensive the funding amount is not accountable for the
Whenever teenager’s dropout they assume that school is pointless and they can go get a job and start making money, but this will not help them in the future. Since teens have a careless mindset, the should not be allowed to decide whether they will drop out of school or not. Although a grant that teens are extremely independent and somewhat capable of making their own decisions, I maintain that they are careless and immature because research has shown that their brains are still developing. During adolescences, a child’s prefrontal and cerebral cortex are still developing. The prefrontal cortex plays a key role in decision making; as a result, teens are not skilled in making good decisions.
Many students don’t learn those skills in grade school and high school, that when they reach college they aren’t ready for the demands of being a college student (“Why Do Students Fail? Faculty 's Perspective”, 2014). High school misconception that a student can pass a subject without studying (“Why Do Students Fail? Faculty 's Perspective”, 2014).
I agree with Rick Shenkman’s opinion about ignorant voters nowadays. Even though our generations receive more education than people did in the past, those knowledge only lasts until the end of an exam or quiz. For students, most of them couldn’t care less about subjects or matters that are not included in their future careers or majors. As the generation is falling deeper into an endless hole of ignorance, they realize they also have to perform the duties of an American citizen, voting. They rush through news and articles, rely on others’ comments to formulate their own opinions without having a strong foundation on political parties and ideologies; thus making false accusations and decisions.
Socratic seminars are quite new to me, matter of fact this was my second one ever. In result, I don’t deem myself to be a suitable participant. Perhaps will more experience, things will change, but as of now I think they are unreasonably awkward, biased and sometimes even rude. The worst part for me however, is the fact that you have 1/35 chances to speak; people who have bolder voices will of course lower the odds even more. To continue, Heroes of Our Age written by Peter h. Gibbons is an article that basically tells the reader, we had heroes then, now we don’t, and we will be doomed.
Student Ethics in the Digital Age Student ethics in the digital age are on a continuous decline and don’t seem to have a foreseeable change in the future. Students seem to have no grasp on the concept of cheating and the dangers it poses to them. One of the biggest examples of the degeneration of student ethics in the digital age is plagiarism and how the increase in availability of electronics and technology has given immoral students an easier way to cheat and have enticed them to do so more often. The internet has been a helpful tool for many years now, giving teachers and students alike the opportunity to find sources and collaborate with other people who are similarly oriented.
Expectations, in all its forms is another major factor in the transition from high school to university, among young adults. These expectations rarely positively impact this transition. And unlike, involvement, which is usually voluntary, these expectations which are made up of an necessary ‘smooth’ integration into university, meeting certain academic and social demands, whilst ‘still having fun’, is not optional for these terrified first-years. It is in a sense, do or die. This does not even touch base with the additional challenges that international students are faced with, examples being cultural differences and language barriers.
My generation is the result of a turn of the century. We were raised off of television, microwaves, and iPod touches. Our technology, the things that we thrive in, were given to us by our parents, and the generations before them. We are viewed as nothing but lazy kids who were handed everything we own and have never experienced our own struggles or hardships. To most “grown ups”, we are malnourished in education because technology is draining us of our intelligence.