On the contrary, the basic skills have been taught so that in high school, higher levels of learning can proceed. Once a student has learned the basic skills, educators can focus on teaching students how to apply and expand those skills. Expanding a student’s current thought process to include critical and analytical thinking, reasoning, conjecture and inference, and the ability to think in the abstract, to name just a few disciplines, teaches necessary skil... ... middle of paper ... ...nt, later in life, the person may realize the mistake they made when they choose to stop attending high school, however, for most at this stage, the opportunity to return to school becomes a harder decision due to loss of income and possible family obligations. Providing distinct, research based arguments in favour of maintaining the mandatory attendance policies for Canadian high schools may not quiet the opposing voices. Today’s youth have found their voice and will continue to endorse their freedom of choice.
A great amount of students lack maturity and do not take high school seriously, but the real world will give them a reality check before they know it. A good high school education should do more than prepare students for the next level of education or for later employment; it should prepare students to take advantage of future learning opportunities of all kinds. Broad also stated, “Only one in four high school students graduate ready for college in all four core subjects (English, reading, math and science), which is why a third of students entering college have to take remedial courses” (para.4). Students should gain particular skills and information, as well as a broad perspective on the world and its possibilities. The best way to help students prepare for successful futures is by monitoring their achievement and providing help wherever and whenever possible.
However, as social ideas across the world have shifted, so have the method of educating future generations moving towards a more social issue based education has worried many parents and classroom observers. While the progressive education had shown to benefit specific demographics of students, there are still some who are struggling in school or are having even more difficulties in school due to the new methods. The problem with a progressive education is that of time. Students only have so long that they are present in primary and secondary school and not all decide to go onto any sort of higher education. While they are in the care of the state government and school systems, students are expected to gain a lot of knowledge and transferrable skills that they will later carry on into their careers.
Many parents feel that their kids are not ready to be faced with such a stressful responsibility, so why should they have to experience this before they have to? Parents do not want their kids to be taught these courses too soon. The article entitled “Is It a Mistake to Try to Teach Financial Literacy in High School?” by Hank Coleman from Daily Finance states, “Classes in budgeting, credit cards, compound interest and other basic personal finance skills can help prepare our children for adulthood. The problem stems from overzealous mandates. Our children -- and far too often, our teachers -- [are not] in a position to handle more than a cursory examination of financial topics.” This article not only covers the idea that students may not be ready for this serious topic, but teachers may not be prepared to teach these topics for a younger audience.
As stated, “lack of parental and educational support and becoming a parent are two of the most common reasons younger Americans drop out of high school, according to data re... ... middle of paper ... ...y own family and student’s. This course has provided me with the insight and knowledge to know that English Language Learners are really valuable to our classrooms and that they may become discouraged because they feel discriminated or unaccepted. Through the stories of our classmates I have learned that my role as teacher is very important for these students and that I must work hard to make them part of my classroom and set them up with the tools to succeed in their education. As my classmates mentioned during our discussions, it can be very frustrating and often times discouraging. There can be measures taken to prevent high school dropouts, and we as future educators are part of the solutions.
It is important to examine what you believe in and the values you choose to hold. Student who embrace transcendentalism and can believe in their capabilities, choose not to conform, and examine their belief system and ways of thinking throughout high school will be more successful throughout the rest of their lives. Society can be the most destructive thing during high school and embracing transcendentalism would allow student to form and accept their unique identity. The formation of unique beliefs and ability to be outspoken with opinions is necessary for all high school students.
Many teacher 's jobs are threatened when their classes test scores are not at the level they should be. Frances Banales says, "We must get the testing scores increased...Everything is overshadowed by one high-stakes test.”(Overman 2) A teacher must teach the material that is on the end of the year state test in the allotted time of a school year. To fit all the material in a school year, a teacher must prepare the students and themselves for the test. This is not teaching the students anything besides how to test and that is why students are not ready for college. Richard says, "...the time spent on schooling students in the techniques of test taking--how to fill in answer sheet bubbles, whether to guess or not, what to do when time runs short, and so on?”(Phelps 1) Teachers are so focused on the test scores reflecting back on the teacher and not focused on if students actually learn the material.
Growing up, everyone looks forward to starting their lives and moving out of their parents or guardians household. Most high school students do not realize the different types of responsibilities that are required for everyday living. Teachers and instructors always claim they are preparing students for the future, when in fact students should be more prepared for life's experiences than they currently are. Most teenagers have no idea how to start this process and are waiting for their parents to do it for them or even wait until the last minute to learn necessary life skills. In school students learn about particular subjects that are then usually used help students in training for a job or assist students in college.
During my high school experience, students had the opportunity to take college courses through our high school. This gave the more advanced students a chance to practice the same routine as “normal” students, but still challenge and educate themselves. Abolishing high school would not solve any problems in our educational system. There are many ways to improve upon our school system; however, we need to start at the beginning. In an essay by Harley Tong, high school is portrayed as “a waste of time and a struggle to remain interested in schoolwork.” He continues to describe his own experiences and how they led him to begin his college career two years earlier than most students.
They need to be taught that school is the beginning step to success. The more you learn and absorb the more power and opportunities you will have later in life. Between knowledge and self-esteem (that should be taught in schools), kids should be able to walk away from high school with the knowledge that they have developed and a head full of ideas on where to go from there. People as a society need to raise the bar on our educational standards. The teaching styles that were seen as exceptional in the 1950’s should not be seen as exceptional today.