American Education System Analysis

analytical Essay
485 words
485 words

Margaret Mead said, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” In our society we value education over everything else. If one has a high education, then they will be able to make a better living for themselves. No school system is alike, some are better than others. The American education system used to be known as one of the leaders in education, having the highest graduation rate, and being innovative when it came to teaching styles. Now, it seems that it’s changing and other countries have taken it’s places as the best. This makes sense since the statistics show that most American students are losing to foreign countries. According to Paul Zoch in Doomed to Fail, Japan’s high school graduation was 90% whereas, the United …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the american education system is changing and other countries are taking it's places as the best.
  • Analyzes how america's education system is stunting innovation by focusing on individual achievement, specialization, risk aversion, passive learning, and extrinsic incentives.

Free thinking is what encourages our creatively but it seems that school systems find it irrelevant. According to Tony Wagner in, “[h]e identified five ways in which America’s education system is stunting innovation: individual achievement is the focus, specialization is celebrated and rewarded, risk aversion is the norm, learning is profoundly passive, and extrinsic incentives drive learning" (par. 9-14). Each point he made was to show what schools are currently focused on and how it affects the children’s thinking. In all of the points made, students are taught two things; how to the reiterate the information given to them and to not fail the class by any means. With this current system students are taught to follow directions, ultimately leading them to not think for themselves or how they can get to the solution. In Doomed to Fail, Zoch did researched about Jamesian’s psychology, basically stating a student chooses what interest their minds and learn those lessons. He reiterated James central idea: “That is for James the essence of education: to help students develop their minds in order that they may solve whatever problems life presents” (10). Later on in life, students will rely on people to find a solution to their problem instead of figuring out themselves. If school systems were able to stress the importance of the arts and have it as a daily class or create more real life situations in the class; students would be able to stimulate their minds and offer their opinions to

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