A time approaches in every person’s life when they must come to learn new things. Speaking on behalf of all those who have attended school at some point in their life, I must say that most do not like it for its educational significance. Today’s youth undervalue the worth of America’s public school system to the point of shame. Hard-working, underpaid teachers and professors prepare to educate these ingrates as their living, and it’s exasperating for the students to not even care. I must be fair though and call attention to the fact that not everyone shares this loathe for education and schooling.
Kathleen A. Laing indicated that students who lack motivation are not willing to make attempts and try in the classrooms. However, according to Fırat Açıkgöz, “The classroom climate influenced by the teacher has a major impact on pupils’ motivation and attitude towards learning.” In fact, Students’ lack of motivation is a result of ineffective teachers. Many researchers suppose that students who have bad attitudes tend to drop out of schools. Candeias, Adelinda and Araújo, et al, found that students who have negative attitudes have lower performance and higher rate of school failure. These unfavorable attitudes in schools are caused by teachers.
Grades were intended to be beneficial to students and let them know where they stand in their learning, but they are doing more than that, not in a good way though. A lot of kids are teased about their grades in elementary and middle school. If you didn’t receive the best grades and others found this out you might have found yourself in a rather frustrating situation. I remember one of my siblings in middle school didn’t get very good grades and kids teased her about it, she stopped trying to pass her classes and her grades fell from C/D’s to F’s. If a teacher sees your grades are bad a lot of the time they automatically assume you’re a bad kid.
In the article “In praise of the “F” Word” Mary Sherry discusses the “F” word, which means failure. Basically Mary Sherry stated that the kids of today are getting cheated out of a good education. They are passing through the school system because some are good kids and they do not create any problems in the classroom. But, at the same time employers are also being cheated because they expect graduates to have the basic skills. She also stated that Diplomas are considered meaningless because most of these kids who were awarded one could not read or write properly and therefore, they are back in night school along with adults who are trying to get their G.E.D.
It doesn’t make them bad kids, or even bad students. Drop-outs report that some of the main reasons they drop out of school is not seeing value in the work they do. Almost half of them said the classes were not interesting, and were bored of their work, and say it’s among the main reasons students would stop attending classes (Furger “How to End the Dropout Crisis”). Expectations also tend to run high for students by their teachers. Regular students in school also debate to themselves to make the decision of dropping out from time to time, from the stress levels of piling assignments.
When a teacher stops caring a student stops caring because they believe the teacher does not care about them or their education. Rose said “you 're defined by your school as slow”(155). Importance is a big aspect of a student’s growing process, but id the teacher is bored, they won’t think they are important enough. Gatto said “as school personnel they are trapped inside structures, even more rigid than those imposed upon the children”(142). Students should always feel important and the more important they feel than the better and harder they will work in school.
The disadvantage is less rigorous foundation for reading, writing, science, and math and teaching the basics in education. The functionalist believe teachers lack sufficient training and their education does not prepare students for college, the workplace, and global economy. In being in a magnet program, many classes required group based projects. The controversy over group based projects was disheartening as a student. One, two or more people in the group would not participate in the project with the other students who really wanted to get a good grade.
Many teachers fear that they are sending the students into secondary education unprepared. If these tests are meant to help students with their future, but fail so miserably at doing so then why have them at all? This is the growing question in the students, teachers and parents mind. If these are meant to help why haven’t the students seen results? Not only do students focus on a single test, but are the teachers and stress causing the students to feel stressed?
Mary believes if “Flunking” was made a normal thing the fear of failure would stop students from cheating themselves and focusing more on their education. I believe that many students including myself, can benefit from Mary’s theory that failure should be a tool used by teachers to motivate students. The first thing in this article that stood out to me was when Mary told the readers about her son. Mary was told that her son was not doing well in class due to his social behavior and that he was not motivating himself. This was leading her son at the risk of failure.
There are numerous grade seven students, my son included, who are unhappy and unmotivated with the material they are learning. I have discussed this worry with a few parents and we are seeking a change. After researching the type of education model our school is currently using, I have discovered that it is a behaviourist model. This model is likely the source that is failing many of our children. What is behaviourism, you may ask.