Advantageous Actions in the Classroom Albert Einstein once said, “ If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” This quote is relevant because students should not be good only because they are earning an award and the issue now is students are not scared of being penalized, children think it is amusing to get into trouble and the teacher makes it a big deal which gives the student wanted attention. Rewards are causing students to not be prepared for their future lives whether it is for high school or for after college. They should not be used in the classroom because there are many depressing controversies. It could end the students interest in that certain subject and hinder him from trying new things. Also the chance of that rewarded behavior happening in alternative classrooms is pretty slim.
It is wrong to blame the students at fault. Every student aims for good grades so they do everything they can to get it. It is true that the way students get their good grades might be a bit sneaky and inappropriate, but saying students do not put effort into their ... ... middle of paper ... ...are expected to do well in their GE classes to meet the standard. As a result, students are scared that they cannot maintain their grades so they have to cheat to meet the requirements to get in their major. People tend to blame students for being lazy and do not take school seriously.
Almost as if when a student gets a good grade they should thank their teacher for brainwashing them. “Lets get rid of all this nonsense of grades, exams, marks. We don’t know now, and we never will know, how to measure what another person knows or understands”(4). Not knowing how to measure what another person knows is applied to all ages. Just because you don’t understand the subject of a test doesn’t mean you can’t get anywhere in life.
Alfie Kohn’s proposal to stop grading students sounds great except that it oversimplifies problems in education and what really harms students. In his own article Kohn states the obvious objections towards grades, yet dismisses them and interjects that a gradual reduction in grading will eventually lead to more successful students. However, schools around the world have grading systems similar to the U.S. grading system yet their students continue to thrive. The problem is not grades, the problem is more complex and complicated. What harms students is inequality, unmotivated teachers, Common Core, lack of creative outlets, expensive tuition, and student mental health.
My oppositions feels inclusion is beneficial to children because they believe in the concept, “what you really need to make it in this world is good people skills and common sense; not academic achievement.” However, the truth is... ... middle of paper ... ...motional and distraught. It could also cause them to dislike school more and more as time goes on (Stussman 19). This bad learning environment is harmful the children who dislike the classroom. This negativity can spread and influence other children to dislike school as well; therefore they may not try or function to their potential. The focus of school should be to educate children in a manner and environment which supports and values them as people (Vann 33).
American education produces inefficient students because the students are not treated as the young adults they are. In order to help students, education should help them develop their talents and should be unstinting in both their praise and criticism for their bright future. In “GenerationMe” (Twenge, 482) mentioned by Twenge, people are educated to have high self-esteem that they think they can do everything if they put their mind to it. For example, even though they get Ds on their math exams, teachers will still praise them and students will think they have done excellent jobs. Raised under a very sheltered environment, they believe they are the best and will not put efforts to develop their innate talents.
Because of this, some students cannot succeed in this standardized system. If a student doesn’t learn best with a lecture, then they will not learn as effectively as those that do, causing a lower grade and discouraging the student further from learning. This studen... ... middle of paper ... ...s classes. However, even when I realized what I enjoyed and what I didn’t, I still had to take the classes because they were required, leaving me without the desire to learn in those classes, I was simply there, doing what was necessary to get an “A”. These requirements causing a loss in the actual want to learn is another unintended consequence in our current educational system.
An article by Greg Jouriles helps explain why we don’t need these tests. He claims, “Standardized tests are unnecessary because they rarely show what we don’t already know” (Jouriles, Greg). He also goes on to explain that one’s test score isn’t reliable and that we should trust the teachers when grades are published. A school system can accurately judge the students in the school on what they are good at better than the standardized tests do. They can break down many different aspects of what students need to improve on and what they are already knowledgeable of.
Instead of being empowered by the school system, I felt a sense of helplessness to the problems of the world. How can I possibly change the world with my grade point average? What the public school didn’t tell me was that not all historical figures of great im... ... middle of paper ... ...lly deny their accomplishments and cherish those who made it on their own with little regard to anyone else. What public schools need are a strong focus on the highest form of ethical behavior, which, in my opinion, is compassion. I believe that if compassion for oneÕs fellow human being were encouraged from an early age in schools then it would affect society positively.
Motivation can be easily misunderstood from wanting to graduate and not finding your strength and weaknesses throughout the schooling. When a student doesn’t understand a lesson most say ill look it up later or that won’t affect me on the test. But in reality every fact helps with the overall understanding and the purpose of the lessons. Some don’t like high school or lower grades because they are taught subjects that don’t interest them. They additionally think if no one, not even the teacher, is putting in the effort for them to succeed than they shouldn’t either.