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. He complains of the way that he was physically and verbally abused by other students, which is the case in many high schools. High school is not only a cognitive learning environment; it is also a social learning environment. Students learn how to communicate with fellow pupils, teachers and administrators. They find out how to come independent from their parents and how to prepare for the rest of their lives.
College students are always worrying about if they did their homework, if they have a big test coming up, if they studied enough, and if they even have enough money to pay their bills. So the key to college is to know that the fundamentals of college are different than high school, be responsible and reliable to yourself, do all your homework, and most importantly be respectful to your peers and teachers
University of Illinois music teacher Rick Murphy says, “The personalities of many students cause them to be perfectionists, thus causing them to worry their grades aren’t good enough or that they need to get in to the best college” (qtd. in Powell). High school students have a mindset that their entire high school career is concentrated on being admitted into college and not necessarily learning and comprehending material or improving creativity and problem solving skills. The desire to achieve an “A” can lead to cheating, a practice that begins as early as elementary school. Barbara Palmer at Stanford University argues that cheating has become a part of the culture in high school.
As a college student, is the idea of your final grade being based off of just a midterm and final very stressful? O 'Malley argues in his essay "More Testing, More Learning" that professors should give out more quizzes and assignments to reduce the stress and procrastination students face before midterms and finals. Although this might be helpful for a high school setting, it would not be completely efficient at a college level. This is because frequent testing takes up a significant amount of students and professors time, are added stress throughout the year, will not fix a students procrastination, and having high stake tests prepares students for their future. Some of O 'Malley 's ideas seem reasonable and would help students while others are an inconvenience for the professor and students.
A copious amount of research has been done on the impact a part-time job has on high school students. There has also been an abundant amount of research done on ways to work around all the downfalls to holding down a part-time job while trying to remain a student in good standing. Students may want to reconsider juggling a part-time job and their priority of getting an education. So is holding down a part-time job and attending high school going to be better or worse for a student academically? According to Amy Saltzman,“Studies show that high school students who work during the school year-- especially if they put in more than twenty hours a week--have poor grades, fewer extracurricular activities and a higher rate of drug use and other delinquent behavior”(pa... ... middle of paper ... ...cience Monitor 26 Feb. 2001: 11+.
If students chose to take college classes. Then, it should be students responsibility to attend to class whether not they like it or not but they still have to attend to class as scheduled. No matter what are circumstances, that stu... ... middle of paper ... ...dent do not stand up for themselves by confessing about just something they have done wrong. Student do not take the control with their responsibilities in their classes. These unacceptable course performances can impart on how they can be able to register for the upcoming semester classes, can receive financial assistances, and to pass the semester.
In high school, the teacher pretty much babysits the students. The teacher always has to get on their students to pay attention in class, to do their work, and to stay awake during the lecture. Also high school teachers don’t really expect their students to read ahead in their textbooks. In college the professors are very different. College professors expect the best from their students, because they know that their students are spending a very large sum of money in their education.
Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT are on everyone ‘s minds as the November 1st early admission deadline approaches. As a high school senior I know that it is a very stressful time. The competition is intense, we are not only competing with people from our school for a slot in a college class, but we are competing against students across the nation. The competition is between people from every background imaginable; public schools, private schools, AP, honors, and academic classes, wealthy, poor, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, etc. Students are encouraged to continue their college education at colleges and universities throughout the country; however, many students are discouraged from doing so because of the barriers that standardized tests put up.
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.
High school students are now expected to take college credited classes, participate in extracurricular activities, have an internship or job, and work in the community. Do people not realize that high school students have lives other than school or work? I don’t know of one person who can juggle school, sports, clubs, jobs, and communal work at one time. While expectations are a factor of stress in high school students, there is one that is seen as possibly the largest problem fo... ... middle of paper ... ...k because students are becoming mentally and physically ill from stress. They can’t expect perfection in every aspect of school.