Scout, being a student and a child who is very inquisitive, notices how the school isn’t all that she thought it would be. Scout and many other children were thrilled when they discovered that they were eligible to attend school. Once they had arrived their thoughts had changed, and were discouraged to continue returning to school ( ). The reason being that they quickly noted that school is very narrow minded. The school has a specific structure and isn’t open to new ideas.
When students receive busy work they often turn to their classmates for answers or go through the assignment hastily and without effort. This proves that homework is not an effective learning strategy, and it actually teaches negative habits. Homework supporters believe that more homework translates to smarter students. Many studies have proven that dropping homework has positive effects on students in their school. Nancy Kalish’s article describes one school that put homework to the test,
This makes many children unfearful of the consequences they may face. When around adults, children tend to behave better because they fear the consequences they would face if they misbehaved. In Australia, Ramon Lewis gathered 4,225 students ages ten to sixteen to undergo an experiment. Their teachers were told to remove all incentives, punishments, and structures of their classrooms. Children slowly realized that there were no consequences to their actions, causing them to have outbursts of negative behavior and bullying (Lewis).
All this joyful news of how standardized testing supposedly creates miracles of our knowledge, increasing student achievement, may be proven wrong or right, but that is not our deepest concerns. A student’s mental/physical health and future as an authentic learner is most at risk here. No matter how many cries from multiple students are heard, they continue to be silenced. Simply put, all standardized testing should be abolished for they are hurting students both in and out of classrooms. As students we deserve the ability to access authentic learning, however, with standardized testing heavily relied on, students are deprived of this interaction.
For the behaviourism, BF Skinner (1904-1990) and Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) are more expert in this area. Both of them were discussing about this theory. In my point of view, I think that young children behaviour development are quiet related to their environment. Based on the research I did, I noticed that managing behaviour of young children was a big challenge for teachers and parents. Whenever they are refused to do something or they want something, they will start to throw tantrums.
In the texts “The Sanctuary of School” written by Lynda Barry and “School is Bad for Children” written by John Holt, both authors take different approaches regarding education. On one hand, Barry in her essay talks about her troubled childhood and how school and her art teacher helped her to escape from all the problems her family were going through, and ultimately helped her succeed. On the other hand, Holt mentions that school is not a place where children go to learn, but a place where they learn how to fail. He strongly believes that school is a bad place for children because it takes away all the important elements from learning. To begin with, I have always hated going to school.
The lack of creativity in modern day schools is affecting how kids grow up to view the world. Creativity is so important during a kid’s childhood. It’s how they are able to develop as a person and discover who they are. It seems though, as kids get older, schools tend to strip that creative freedom from kids. They stop growing, and they become very closed minded as they reach adulthood.
Has Child Behavior Worsened? In the article “Modern Children Lack Basic Manners” by Ed Amy Francis goes in on how in the current generation of kids are slowly evolving to show less and less manners towards their teachers. Leading up to the parents automatically accusing the teacher by saying it’s the teacher’s fault and responsibility for shaping up the kids to have the proper manners and respect that the parents want to see. The author manages to pull in the audience to look further into this issue by consistently bringing up points to support his overall look on the issue. More over, Francis discusses how the children are lacking the basic manners required to be successful and to help them down the road.
This seclusion may come from the label of ‘SEN’ mentioned above. Moreover, ‘Teacher education’ is an important aspect which will briefly be mentioned throughout this essay, in terms of ‘reproducing inequality’, perhaps lack of knowledge is a possible reason for this. Existing negative labels in education affect teacher perceptions and those perceptions inevitably have an impact on how disabled children are treated in
Mrs. Mielke didn’t go into detail but she mentioned that it is really hard to help kinds in tough situations because while the child or adolescent isn’t the one to blame, they receive the brunt of the consequences. In situations where the adolescent has gotten themselves into trouble, it can be tough because those around them tend to give up on them which leads them to give on themselves. On a happier note, she mentioned that one of the best feelings is when kids come back to thank her. One of her favorite stories was when she moved schools and a student who had been through a lot came to her new schools to thank her. She said it really hit her because the student went out of their way to find her and say thank you.