The essays by Jean Anyon and Jonathan Kozol explore the idea of education not being equal for everyone across the United States. For example, Jean Anyon discusses the idea of a "hidden curriculum". The hidden curriculum that her essay describes implies that the information taught and the way it is taught differs among schools of varying socioeconomic backgrounds. She and her team visited five different schools in New Jersey, with the schools being classified into working class, middle class, affluent-professional, and elite (Anyon 165-6). She then observed the classes and the way they are taught. This brought to light the differences between the way children
Today, there are many opportunities for students to learn and get an education. In most schools, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment classes are offered. There are many problems with this system. Because these courses are essentially taken by students to later get a college credit, which they must receive a certain grade on a test for, teachers are forced to teach to a test. This is no longer a system where kids can ask questions, and have the answer. Classes are pressured with the limited time so that most classes run bell to bell. This causes a lot of tutoring sessions and more teachers’ time. Unfortunately, our economy does not really give us an excess of money to help support these programs. Some programs, such as advanced English classes, are primarily focused on writing essays, which is hard to do without computers to work on. Teaching in this way is leading students to failure, not in school, but in life. They are not prepared for the real world with the way they are being taught to just “pass the test”, something I have heard from my teachers too often. Advanced classes tend to have problems because of the final test, lack of money being funded to these programs, as well as time restraints within the classroom.
The American Education System has been a core component to the development of generations since it became a public system in the 1870s. Since then more rules, higher expectations for some, and even lower expectations for others have been added to the original structure. In recent years, many debates have surfaced over whether the American education system is failing. Too few they believe the American Education System is on the right track. Most researchers however have shown statistics that it is in fact slowly declining as new acts and regimens are added. It has been on a downward spiral for years and citizens have been watching it happen, the lack of government funding, acts like the No Child Left behind Act, focus in the wrong places, and the curriculum set up is acting as a deterrent for success.
Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn” (16). Growing up, I have always enjoyed learning. In my sophomore year of high school, many subjects have weakened my motivation to learn. For example, AP World History was great until the exam came into place. It was enjoyable learning about history all over the world, but then we had to spend many weeks preparing for the standardized test. It was terrible because we were cramming everything we learned to perform well on the test and to pass the requirement for AP credit. It was a mess because we had to rush through all of the multiple choice questions. Overall, I do not like what standardized testing has done to the education
Hitler said "Education is poison", do we think so too? Because our education may be better than many other countries, but it definitely isn't at where it should be. Going back to the IQ test, does one number represent all that a student has learned or knows? If schools do not show continual improvement federal intervention may take place. Teachers need to do more than teach. They also need to inspire. With the inspiration and motivation, no student will be interested in the course and his or her GPA will drop and they will be at a higher risk of becoming a drop out. If the student has lost their inspiration, they may never get it back. Trying to simply take a dual enrollment class during the spring semester of high school was a struggle I did not win. Freshmen year, I just did what was needed and that was all, I ended the year with around a 2.4 GPA. So I was not eligible for the program for the first semester. I knew by the end of the semester I would have a 3.0 or higher GPA. At the beginning of the year I talked to my guidance counselor and she said, ok, come talk to me in my office. There she said I needed a GPA of 3.0 or higher and I said, "Ok I will have that next semester", so she told me to come back later on in the year. So we took the PLAN test and I talked to her then (it was just before winter break, when we received our scores).
As noted by the graph our standings in education is below average, especially with African Americans and Hispanic children compared to other states. If this is the outcome in elementary school what should we expect by grade 8. With all of the various reforms enacted throughout the 30 years the curriculum in public schools did not improve nor did our standing compared to the rest of the world. Even though in each presidency monitoring tool was developed to ascertain the level of learning based on the test. In states where students passing their test equated to more funding of the school as well as the school remains open, jobs for the educators. So oppose to teaching students the information needed educators taught to the test. This is due to politicians not addressing the core issues that prevent children in low social economic status of of color due to cultural biases. Then there is the political climate of education including ignorance towards the benefit of vocational schools and real world learning.
Four researchers have said that generally one-third of all high schoolers can read proficiently which is a problem that needs to be fixed (Pitcher et al. 636-645). In July of 2009 a group of teachers began to work on what is now called the Common Core in hopes of making the standards for schools now days more sufficient (3). The next two years they made modifications through feedback from the teachers who used it and had concerns (4). One of the main concerns was if it would even work because the ten-year experiment no child left behind was a failure (Strauss). Even though they think it’s a failure, they have learned that making students take these big tests such as Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) will make them want to learn less, there is a higher drop out rate and school are dropping low test taking students because of this act, so the creators have hopefully learned not to focus on their test taking skills (5). Teachers are trying to put reading material ...
As a student at USC, one can assume that I’ve always taken schoolwork seriously and may even infer that I partake a considerable degree of enjoyment from it, which is by all means an accurate assumption. However, in my early childhood I was often characterized as unruly, uncooperative and impulsive in nature. At that age I had been more interested in social endeavors more so than anything relating to studying or doing schoolwork. It was always a negative issue when I brought it up in a conversation, and that assumption was reinforced through subsequent agreement amongst my peers. Coupled with negative criticism from my teachers of the purported “attitude” I had in regards to school and my elders, the environment in which I was situated made me all the more indifferent towards academics in general. Instead of studying after school, I would spend most of my time watching TV at home or playing with friends before walking home. At that point in my life my father and mother had been pursuing their careers in bio-medical engineering and audiology respectively, so I did not receive as much encouragement or parental monitoring as many of my friends did: In fact my dad would often leave home for weeks at a time to make presentations in other countries about the advancements in biomedical engineering concerning his specialized field and my mom would come back from work in the early evening. The only immediate source of encouragement came from my grandparents who were living with us at the time. Yet because they could only speak Spanish and knew so little about schools in general, they were unable to really help me out with any problems that I would have.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the American educational system has undergone much transition in response to our changing society. Though there have been many problems raised throughout the years in regard to what our school systems should be teaching our children, there have also been many developments.
In “The Essentials of a Good Education” by Diane Ravitch, she states that students are not getting a full curriculum because schools are focusing too much on the subjects the government has mandated. Since public schools are insistent on maintaining good test scores from their students, they taking more time for practice tests and are making cuts to other classes or departments they feel are less necessary to the students’ education, but in reality make them well-rounded students and future citizens. The No Child Left Behind law and the Race to the Top program have caused schools to obsess over test scores and data instead of keeping an advanced curriculum for their students. Educated parents would only want the best school with a full curriculum