Sean Budomo Mrs. Shippen Language Arts The current education system in the United States has many problems and is extremely flawed. The education system 's faults include the lack of quality teachers in many schools that do not care and do not get paid back the amount of effort they put in, government support in the wrong areas, uses of standardized testing, and the lack of parent involvement which creates negative student behaviors and attitudes in a child 's school life are some problems of US education. Common core is a problem, it has created a national defective standard curriculum and only slightly raised the rank of the United States in education compared to other countries, but still could not fix other problems from the
Standardized testing only evaluates the individual performance of the student instead of the overall growth of that student over the course of the year. This does a disservice to both the teacher who worked hard to help their students grow and the student who worked extremely hard over the course of the year and improved tremendously but failed to score proficient. Many would argue that teacher and student performance should be evaluated on growth over the course of the year instead of one single test performance. They put forward this idea because educators or teachers cannot also update their instructional methods using the results because the questions on the test are general in nature, and it’s hard for teachers to know how to improve students’
The current plight of the American education system is partly due to a serious shortage of teachers who can effectively instruct the students on the material and skills expected of their grade level and beyond. One reason may be because the current requirements for all teacher candidates are quite soft, as in many states, candidates are subject to only a number of requirements, including a bachelor’s degree, the completion of teacher training, an exam of school content knowledge, and other certifications (“Teacher Certification and Licensing Guide”). The most likely reason, however, of low-quality instruction in school is due to an inherent lack of intrinsic motivation and discipline in many teachers to do their best for students to excel in school and life, and if the teachers are too lazy and incompetent to do their jobs, students are more likely to follow that example and do so likewise in their own lives. This is shown in a chapter from Theodore R. Sizer’s book Horace's Compromise: The Dilemma of the American High School called “What High School Is,” where a story is told from the perspective of Mark, a typical high school student in the United States, including
For instance, “In short, standardized testing and teaching are all too often in conflict”( Rapple, B., 2017, 197). This text shows that schools are fighting with each other to show who is best. Additionally, the example “Weaker pupils, those perceived as unlikely to pass, were also often neglected by teachers”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195). The weaker pupils were neglected because the teachers want to train the best students for the test, so their school gets a higher score vs the rest of the country. Lastly, the author states, “Many were left ignorant of how to apply arithmetic in day-to-day life”( Rapple, B., 2017, 195).
Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy and Emily, are students studying in our education system. They are important witnesses of the lack of accountability in teachers and the complex of our system which inhibits rather than encourages academic growth of knowledge for the future generation. There are many underlying problems that prevent successful reforms to the education system of America such as tenure, the difficult process and cost of firing and replacing a failing teacher and lack of accountability from teachers in doing their jobs which is producing poor results for
Plus, the educational system does not take into account that the knowledge they are currently being taught may not ever come into use by the students ever again. First off, schools have always adhered to the same and lifeless routine of teaching students to follow unnecessary instructions and nothing less. According to Siberman 's Crisis in the classroom, "…mindlessness- the failure or refusal to think seriously about educational purpose, the reluctance to question established practice… is to destroy student 's curiosity with their ability". Since schools nowadays teach students nothing else but to obey orders, students are programmed to do nothing else but obey orders. This is a huge problem as when the students enter adulthood, they are not used to learning from experience.
As one of the authors of Our Schools Suck writes, “far from being saved by [miracle-worker] teachers like Steve Lange, this system of unequal schooling had worn him down… It was having a second teacher in the classroom that allowed him, a dedicated teacher of thirty years, to feel again that he was really teaching” (Alonso et al. 80). The structural challenges teachers face show that committed teachers are not enough when facing the enormous system that they and the students are up against every day. Believing they have little effect on their current situation and pessimistic about future improvements, even the most dedicated teachers may become burnt-out and
These days, how ‘well’, and with ‘whom’ we learn is a lot important since we have to use what we learn and interact with various people in the real society after we graduate. We can see that as education is considered highly important, people began to think educationally in various angles. Although education plays a big role like this, some students struggle with their school lives. Also, some parents worry if their children would not fit into traditional education system. ‘Homeschooling’ is an alternative for those people.
This may seem fine, but as said above, this causes curriculum gaps between students which can be harmful as it removes stress relieving classes from children’s schedules. State tests, although is not the only factor, evaluates school districts. Other factors include graduation and attendance. Even though it is not the only factor, it is one of them, which may cause extra pressure and stress on both students and teachers. The pressure on all students, regardless of ability, to reach a certain level, can be damaging, especially because of many students, as high as 60% in some states, failed to reach this
In order to understand self-fulfilling prophecy, Becker suggests other variables should be considered instead of observing the grades of students or the number of years a teacher has taught. In concluding teachers, Becker predicts student success on academic achievement instead of motivation, which could stop a student from achieving goals. Although many students have motivation which can lead to academic achievement, but when lower grade students receive discouragement to succeed in academics because their grades are low is a false
With prominent truancy and disengagement issues, teachers had obvious trouble reaching students, many feared that their students wouldn’t graduate. Many of the students felt the same way, one in particular, Dennis, never thought he would be able to finish high school. Traditional school just wasn’t for him. Now, fast forward __________ years to Elizabeth Forward School District. You know what you would see walking down the halls and in classrooms?
Pelfrey to think differently and look at the issue from a different lens. The other team members had been teaching in the school for at least 11 years. Certainly pedagogical theories had changed since the other teachers were earning their certifications, but they were unwilling to consider any other avenue. Ultimately, Mrs. Pelfrey told Sally that she should do what she was asked in order to demonstrate her ability to collaborate with other staff members. Failure to do so would put Mrs. Pelfrey in an uncomfortable position.
In order for teachers to do their jobs, they need educational tools. However, in many large school districts, they “lack important teaching tools, such as computers and up-to-date textbooks” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). As a result of this, teachers are held accountable for the success/failure of standardized test. On the upside, both jobs are generally independent work without the supervision of a higher ranking individual within the field. The second most important factor that I need to take into consideration is the work schedule/hours in these careers.
Rose describes school as a 'tremendously disorienting place ' and place where you were going to encounter 'notions that don 't fit with the assumptions and beliefs that you grew up with. ' I believe one thing he didn 't understand why it was happening was the curriculum isn 't designed to liberate you but to occupy you. So in short, they thing they were teaching these students isn 't how to become a better student or how to simplify algebraic fractions, it 's how to keep you bust until you met the requirements to graduate. That 's not something you expect from an educator, you expect them to want the best for you, the ones who help you achieve goals. not the ones who are stopping you from seeing you have goals.
High-stake testing is suppose to help teachers and students become well equipped in the future. However, it seems to contradict what teachers are trying to establish for students. Schools should reevaluate high-stake testing because tests are not accurately graded, tests are intelligence based, and tests creates curriculum conformity. High-stake tests are not accurately graded and are inconsistent. Students’ futures are in the hands of these unbiased scorers, yet these employees have an