An Avenue to High Academic Standards In her article “An Avenue to High Academic Standards,” Lynn Olson argues that “A prominent misconception surrounding school-to-work is that it downplays intellectual achievement,” and that “school-to-work can encourage young people to pursue education and training beyond high school.” A school-to-work program enables a student to go to a regular school and attend classes just like any other regular high school student, but they are also required to attend additional training in a “real world” work environment. School-to-work programs are achievable and attractive to students whose schools are participating and Lynn Olson does a good job of arguing her point. “High-quality school-to-work programs combine learning in school and in the workplace.” This makes sense, without efficient entrusted employers who are willing to participate in the school-to-work program, the support of the school would be undermined and the system would most likely fail. The school-to-work program enables students to get hands on experience within the workplace while at the same time giving them a reprieve from their textbooks. Lynn Olson argues that there have been studies that suggest “school-to-work can help address one of the greatest problems in education: motivation.” This makes sense and I believe this to be a very accurate and significant argument.
Academic tracking will be more effective and influence a better learning environment for students to succeed in their education. Tracking can especially help high school students as they are figuring out their paths to college and career goals (Akos). The terms ability grouping, homogeneous grouping, and curriculum grouping all have the same concept of placing students into classrooms based off of their academic ability (Datnow 687). Nearly ninety five percent of schools in America use tracking some way in their school (Akos). Since tracking is such a popular theme i... ... middle of paper ... ... Search Complete.
Their education should not be rushed because it is important for them to understand and learn everything put in front of them. High school is a time for leaning with guidance and help, and on block schedule, the teacher has the time to give that help to an individual without neglecting the class as a unit. The students are also carrying a lighter load. They have more time at home to really focus and study the material they learned at school because they take fewer classes. Students can take classes that help them reveal who they want to be, or classes that strengthen their college applications when their school is on block schedule.
Reducing class sizes is a good educational effort for the students of Valley Center Schools because it would positively change the behavior in students, students will receive more one-on-one time with teachers, and our teachers would want smaller classes. Reducing class sizes lets teachers and students have more one-on-one time together. Sara Rimm-Kaufman says “Improving students' relationships with teachers has important, positive and long-lasting implications for students' academic and social development" ("Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning"). When a student feels a connection with the teacher they will be more trustful and understanding with the teacher. Rimm-Kaufman also went on to say that when students have more one-on-one with the teacher, the teacher gets to see what the students need help with ("Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning").
Educational standards have continued to increase throughout the years but that does not help the students who are unable to pay for the better education. These students who cannot pay for the better education are stuck barely getting by with a low education. A low-education can affect many areas of regular schooling. The students who are at low-income schools do not know what type of disadvantage they have compared to other students across the country. These students believe that they are getting the best education, but there are many students who are getting a better education at a school that has the funds to pay for everything their students need.
If we are hoping our students will be life-long learners, why would they continue learn in the grade-less post-graduation world? (Schwartz, 2011) Grades do motivate students to do better but, grades cause students to want to get a good grade instead of fully mastering the material. They look at school just trying to pass which promotes cheating on tests and homework. They also will choose the material that is the easiest and choose a class with a professor who doesn’t care to raise their GPA. School is supposed to be about learning and understanding new material to help gain knowledge and a new way of thinking.
Some say the best way to finish is to have a great start, and for some people that really isn’t an option. When it comes to business many believe you must have a strong education in your area of expertise to get anywhere. In order to receive education and get the most out of it, many believe you need to take full advantage of your education while you’re young. Due to the nature of the economy and its ups and downs in recent years, this simply isn’t possible for some children as they are put in socioeconomic hardships. “Children represent 24 percent of the population, but they comprise 34 percent of all people in poverty.