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The American Educational System and Its Slippery Slope

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There is one thing that is universally sought after in this world, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, location, and upbringing. There is one thing that every single human being hungrily craves. There is one thing that can make the potential difference between a life of abject poverty or comfortable prosperity: knowledge. The human mind’s thirst for knowledge can never be fully quenched, and it is always left wanting more; although, this isn’t necessarily a detrimental thing. Many different and unique styles of education have emerged as an attempt to satisfy the universal desire of knowledge, but it is often debated which style of education is the most effective. There is a very wide range of teaching styles on the spectrum of education, ranging from the strictest, most prisonlike forms possible, to the freest environments one can imagine.

The great nation of the United States currently possesses one of the freest environments for education in existence: students are given more opportunities and chances to make their own decisions than nearly anywhere else in the world, all the while being pushed to excel and being assisted by their instructors as necessary. While on the opposite end of the spectrum, there is education like that in Japan: students are always under the cold, hard hand of a dictator like authority that offers minimal assistance. So, why is the American educational system gradually morphing to mirror that of Japan? With recent changes such an increase in standardized testing at younger ages, the increasing amount of more structured lessons and assignments, and an apparent focus on grades instead of understanding, it seems as if the United States’ educational system is beginning its descent down a long, slippery sl...

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...success, both of which are highly valued principles in the educational system of the United States. These principles help students not only do well in school, but after school in the real world as well. The American educational system is only just beginning its descent down a long, slippery slope. What will it take to prevent this great nation to keep from falling?

Works Cited

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “From Education.” The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.

Mori, Kyoko. “School.” The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea Lawrence Scanlon, and Robin Dissin Aufses. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.

Prose, Francine. “Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read.” The Language of Composition. Ed. Renee Shea Lawrence Scanlon, and Robim Dissin Aufses. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008.
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