There may be many congress members who were educated during ‘GenMe’ and they will go against such changes. Faludi states “Go back an... ... middle of paper ... ...used on the self-esteem. It always praises them even though they do something wrong and use only positive words to avoid hurting them. However, this is wrong because they could have reached maximum efficiency by teaching them to be more independent and help them to find the way to improve their talents. Students do not know about the real society and the real working environment and even their college life because simply school does not give chances to learn about them.
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.
Despite the fact that teachers try to improve instruction, student performance is still variable to other factors that the school cannot control. For some students, the time they have in the classroom is not enough for them to grasp the topic. While teachers usually offer students a time for students to see them for extra help, some students do not have time for this. Most students are involved in many activities outside of the classroom, such as music, sports, and afterschool jobs. Being involved in these activities is a way for students to enhance their college applications, but it also makes finding time for studies more difficult.
As students apply for colleges, many of the seniors fail to meet the requirements that are set because major universities are looking for the best of the best to attend. To attend a major university, students must take the ACT to see if they meet the standards set before they get to attend. College admission counselor, Kat Cohen,stated in an interview "...it becomes necessary to get an SAT/ACT score within the range of the averages at that school, or certain applications won 't even be considered." (Cohen 1)Each school across the nation has its own standard and many schools will twist the truth just to sound better than the other schools. Taking into consideration that every teacher in every school do not give the exact test, saying one school has better grades than another school is a false argument.
However, this process leaves something to be desired. Because the test is so important to the future of the students, teachers, and school, helping students to pass test becomes the most important part of their schooling. This restricts the educators from teaching students about things that are more important. College is usually next step for students after high school so it would seem logical that high school prepares them for college, but teachers are so busy preparing students for the test that they are not preparing them for the future. Consequently, students arrive at college ill-prepared, with shallow educations (Gitlin).
Dudley offered about students unwilling to engage in the writing process. He states, “... it was students who intentionally copied ― knowing it was wrong ― who were “unwilling to engage the writing process.” I agree with this because more often than not, when students are not excited to write, they would plagiarize to get by. They would aim for the bare minimum to pass and never over because they are not interested in what they are being taught. In addition, they don’t understand the purpose of what they are doing and when that happens, they don’t put the effort into what they are doing. They just know that they have to do it for a grade, but a grade does not mean anything if it wasn’t done by the student.
Standardized tests such as the ACT only put pressure on students’; they are told to get accepted to a college they need to score at least twenty-five or so. That only stresses students’ out because they want to get into a good college. They study like crazy (even though there’s no real way to study for the ACT), and only to end up in the end with a bad score that only shatters their self-confidence. Yes, standardized tests are supposed to determine where students range academically, but the tests do not prove how far students will go in life. Ideally the standardized tests define our futures; this means nothing if we are trained to take the test and succeed.
This misconception will act as a disservice to these students because they believe that they “do not [need to] improve their mastery of a subject.” And once he/she reaches a point where they have to make a decision in the career path that they have chosen which requires said mastery and skill, they will realize that they have been misconceived and that they are not the intellect that they once believed they were. In the end, grade inflation is
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.
Due to test results reflecting teacher quality, teachers are pressured to fully prepare their students for these tests. As a result, teachers often neglect teaching their students additional skills that extend beyond the exams. Many authoritative figures, including President Barak Obama, have expressed their beliefs that students spend too much classroom time preparing for and taking these exams instead of learning fundamental development skills. USAToday author Christopher Doering authenticates a 2015 presidential conference concerning standardized testing. ‘‘Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble… So we’re going to work with states, school districts, teachers and parents to make sure that we’re not obsessing about testing’’(Obama).