Students need to take less standardized tests. As said in the article The Secret To Fixing Bad Schools “students need to become thinkers not test takers.” They should be able to take more classes they are interested in rather than classes they need just for graduation required credits. Schools need to have more academic achievement appreciation rather than only appreciating the athletic students. Although Bostein points out America’s education system seems to be the main issue in preparing our children for the future, he is a bit too extreme with this ideas. In Botstein 's article Let Teenagers Try Adulthood he explains how high schoolers are not in the “real world” “They could then enter the real world, the world of work or national service, in which they would take a place of responsibility alongside other adults in mixed company.” Botstein also states that we need to graduate at the age of 16 now to
Would you be happy if you had received an A in your class? Do you feel that you truly learned enough to deserve that perfect A? Students who are in either high school or college are forgetting the true meaning of having knowledge and being able to learn. People think that how well they perform in the classroom will justify how well the teacher teaches their students but necessary that might not always be that way. In Brent Staples piece, “Why Colleges Shower their Students with A’s”, he argues that there must be an end to the grade Inflation and continues by examining for a possible solution by using language techniques to emphasize the main point.
“I believe that some of this acting-out behavior is due to the pressure that is starting to be applied when the child starts in middle school and life-goals start to be identified.” (A Generation Struggling) In this example, this is not accurate because the rich kids actually can have standards to become successful, the Greasers do not set up expectations in education for themselves, they are rather expected to be drop out nobodies. This quote is reasonable because yes, Socs can be pressured ad not feel accepted or worth their parent’s expectations, which may be very difficult to deal with, but the Greasers don’t even possess standards of achievement in their lives. "Unfortunately, upon graduating from high school, a growing percentage of these affluent youth will discover the world is not circling around them. For those who enroll in college the message is “Work Hard and Party Hard” which may be their academic undoing as they fail to attend class or turn in assignments. Expectations for good grades may create stress on the student as they (or their parents) can no longer bully the professor into assigning a higher grade.” This opposing thesis is not valid because these kids which “struggle” with academic success, which is a struggle with some of heir lives, focus on the fact that they are so pressured to do well in school without their parents and have to be a exceeding well off person based off their success.. in which they should be grateful on of their greater problems.
In college, we start to understand that this knowledge is not enough as to write flawlessly, you need to know more than just the structure of the essay and the ways to use resources in your writing. In this article, we are going to discuss essay writing habits that we acquire in school but that have nothing in common with high-quality writing. Moreover, we will give you several recommendations on how to turn these ineffective habits into the effective ones. Never paying attention to the subject of the essay
In one of the essays I read in our book, the author explained how students have always been assigned into groups, and how that is not a good solution. When we are assigned to a group lower than the average for our grade, this defeats us. This makes us believe that we are not smart enough, because we are not learning fast enough. When we are younger, students can be held back a grade to help them improve. When we get into college, we are required to take state tests to determine where we are placed.
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
Despite how thoroughly planned out the teaching plans for math are, “the standards set a floor, not a ceiling. The Common Core sequence does not completely tackle algebra until high school, and the standards don't fully prepare students to take calculus even in college...” (NPR). The Common Core sequence spends too much time on the basics when the emphasis for understanding the kinks should be on more of the complicated topics such as calculus, which is needed before entry to college. For Common Core English standards, the readings are split by percentages between fiction and nonfiction/informational text in order to build strong vocabulary. The division is unreasonable as teachers should decide what is best for students.
Depending on how desperate a teacher is for good test scores, inappropriate preparations can be made before testing, sometimes even to the point of cheating. While having standards and a uniform teaching model, high -stakes testing is generally detrimental to the education of America. The importance of these tests has become the be-all and end-all of high school. The accountability of the testing will follow the student throughout his or her educational life. Despite being held in such high regard, the high-stakes testing effects are far from the desired and predicted
But if the transcripts do not show the real grade for the students at hand what would that indicate for their income. In the article, “Honest grading in high school would help students” by USA Today the article states “main reason these unprepared students are admitted is because high school teachers such as Welsh pass them, creating a record indicating the students have learned something in high school when apparently they haven't.” Student’s grades may not be what they should be because teachers may be just passing them along. With that this information could be misleading to some students who may have had teachers pass them
The students may believe that it hurts their grades because extracurriculars take up potential study and homework time. Next we asked on if the students who are involved in extracurriculars are forced to have good grades in order to participate. 49% of males and 46% of females say yes to this question . 36% of both female and male state no. 18% of male and 17% of female did not answer this question.
While returning students use technology in the workplace and at home today, when it comes to how it is implemented in school, it is a whole different ball game. At Pellissippi, programs such as D2L, MyPellissippi, and even the newest version of PowerPoint may be completely foreign to adult learners. According to research published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “many adult students may be less computer-savvy...and less comfortable in online or hybrid classes” (Worth). Therefore Worth suggests that these people “must upgrade their knowledge and skills, either informally or in a classroom setting, in order to reach their long-term educational goals.” Training through computer labs, tutoring, and library staff would make transitioning to college more straightforward for adult learners, preparing them for the technology they are going to encounter. Returning adult students will face a lack of knowledge with the new technology being used in the classroom today.