Intelligent or genius students have to be in that system of education, which doesn’t let them improve their creativity. Educators attempt to change that system to make it better, but their changing was not that great to be an example for the world. Also, did that change qualify education system to compete other systems or not? In some examples and reasons have been made me agree with some of points from Gatto’s and Edmunson’s and disagree them. John Taylor Gatto, in his essay “Against School: How Public Education Cripples our Kids, and why”, argues that the contemporary purpose of education in public schools is to produce “harmless electorate,” “a servile labor force,” and “mindless consumers” (28).
Katherine Baird explains “this occurs with America’s low educational standards: by setting the bar low, students both underperform and are misled about the skills and knowledge required for future success” (31, 32). This is occurring because “there is a strong but misplaced belief among many that low expectations reflect our commitment to the disadvantaged, and that strengthening them would harm the most vulnerable youth in our society” (Baird 118). Albeit a good reason, by lowering the standards for all students instead of helping those who are “disadvantaged” by helping them overcome their disadvantage and encouraging them to try their hardest and rise up to the high standards that they are capable of reaching, public schools are hurting their students instead of helping them. The public school system is not only flawed because of the low standards, but also b... ... middle of paper ... ... to determine how intelligent their students are. In fact, research shows that students who do well on tests often fail to show mastery of the material tested outside of school.
School is Bad for Children In “School is Bad for Children”, John Holt discusses the faults and failures of the education system. According to Holt traditional schooling stifles children’s curiosity and learning, causing them to be ill-equipped as adults. He believes children are smarter before they enter school, having already mastered what he says is the most important thing, language. Holt goes on to describe how children no longer learn for themselves in school. Their learning has become a passive process.
Sending children to school to be put under constant pressure of tests and cognitive learning that they are not yet mature enough for will have longer lasting effects on them than the actual schooling will. Alan Blinder was quoted in the World is Flat by saying, “How we educate our children may prove to be more important than how much we educate them” (Friedman 309). Universal preschool is focusing more on the numbers rather than the quality of education, going against Thomas L. Friedman’s ideas of how to save our economy. UP is only going to hurt America, dragging us down instead of helping us get back
Education is important and his decision making towards his proposal wasn¡¥t helpful it all and may put Education in danger. Meaning students will probably not learn as much as they should be learning in school. I don¡¦t think what the Governor did was right because Schools already had to go through budget cuts once. If this continues, then there will have to be more budget cuts which will be very harmful towards students. It is said that ¡§Schwarzenegger is wrong politically - and many say morally.¡¨# This is saying that Arnold has poor judgment from the choices he makes.
Although these two factors may be seen as a practical way to prevent ignorance while still maintaining a functioning Democratic society, they are actually harming American society. In other words, the inaccuracy and lack of depth of high school education and culture is causing students to suffer in that they are unprepared for the real world or forget that there is a reality. Evidence can be seen in Floyd Norris’s article, “U.S Students Fare Badly in International Survey of Math Skills”. Based off of an international survey that incorporated math and “questions [students] would confront as citizens”, “students in countries that emphasized…rote learning tended to not deal as well as those who emphasizes the more practical aspects” (source 5) .The American students were ranked in the bottom half level, along with students from less developed countries. Rather than utilizing the massive school budget through too notch education, the U.S tended to lean towards the utilitarian method of “state and memorize”.
“I Just Wanna Be Average” by Mike Rose illustrates numerous flaws in the education system that discredits the cultural myth of empowerment through education that is essential to achieving the American Dream. Mike Rose’s experience in the education system showed that not all schooling is equal. Mike Rose says that the students were “brought together by geography and parental desire” (152). Parents believed that if they were to bring their children to a private school away from public schools that they would receive a better education based on the assumption that private schools provide a more advanced curriculum and independence in learning. This is proven to be false because students are funneled into different educational tracks, the Vocational education and college prep groups, from the start.
Schools worldwide are stressed to succeed on these standardized tests when they only measure a fraction of a student’s intelligence. Standardized testing must be discontinued because it negatively affects school curricula, students’ and instructors’ mentality, and fairness of the test for all students. National standardized testing is a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which promises parents that: instructors will teach more efficiently, students will be motivated, and school systems will operate more productively (Nicolas 42). All of these promises are said to lead to better education for students, especially those who are raised within minority groups (Nicolas 45). The primary purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students and show whether or not the standards of the standardized test was met in the school.
Besides the classroom, nowhere in modern society emphasizes learning for the sake of knowledge. In society, the people who receive praise are the ones who did not have a solid education. America has become obsessed with success stories that forgo education because educational knowledge no longer contains any value. American leaders do not make an extra effort to try and fix the failing education system, so if the world powers of America do not care to make progressive improvements for the education system, why should citizens of America even care about the education system? The students in school have picked up on these thoughts and instead of listening to the classroom teacher the students listen to the world teachers.
The most obvious answer seems to lie in government grants to remedy buildings and supplies and standardized testing to confirm the quality of every education. However, the problems inherent in the American school system are too complex to be solved purely by money. Without interested parties watching the consumption of money, resources are consumed unwisely. A new arm of the executive branch should not be formed to act as a school watchdog, at the least it seems this would unnecessarily complicate things. Instead, the solution lies in the activity of parents in the school carefully observing the condition of the building, classrooms, and teachers.