Despite misinterpretation of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as being racist and stereotypical, the novel should be taught to high school aged students because it teaches them the lessons of the bigotry and prejudice of the past. Twain’s novel focuses on slavery in the southern United States during the 1840’s. The novel tells the story of the journey of runaways Huckleberry Finn and a slave, Jim. Their escape down the Mississippi is considered an American classic, however, some readers feel the characters are stereotypical and set bad standards for children. Huck Finn has value that must be searched for, and can be found with proper teaching.
In Mary Sherry’s short story “In Praise of the F Word” Mary discusses that today’s education is cheating our children and future employers by passing children before they are ready to leave our education system. Mary is a teacher of an adult literacy program, who before would blame divorce, drugs and other problems for children not doing well in school. Mary learned by her experience with her son that one of the most effective ways to motivate a young student is by allowing the student to fail. Because teachers would pass students so easily, Mary believes students do not feel motivated to do the best that they could. 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.
Although parents’ concerns of literature containing racism, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and “A Rose for Emily”, allow students to express their beliefs and ideals about discrimination because educational literature was not censored from the school’s curriculum. Monteiro claims The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner contain “repeated use of the profane, insulting and racially derogatory term ‘nigger’” are questioned for their “credibility” in the classroom (Reinhardt 2). Both works express racism and discrimination in the past and capture very important moments i... ... middle of paper ... ..., as well as other works found inside the school’s curriculum, can be found offensive due to their racist and profane characters. However, the literature is exposed to the students in order to educate them about the past and the nation’s history in hopes that students will become more knowledgeable and will be able to formulate ideals about discrimination and inequality. Trying to remove the two books mentioned would also require the removal of all prejudiced works that also hold considerable historical value.
There are even reports of educators’ erasing students’ incorrect answers and substituting correct answers in their place. Teachers caught cheating on high-stakes tests have lost both their teaching licenses and their jobs. Rather than a few isolated instances, such violations of test security have become, sadly, quite common.” (p. 336). Popham goes on to discuss how with the passage of No Child Left Behind... ... middle of paper ... ...erceptions About Ethical Practices in Student Evaluation http://aje.sagepub.com/content/29/4/520.full.pdf Popham, J., (2008), Classroom Assessment: What Teachers Need to Know, 6th ed American Federation of Teachers, National Council on Measurement in Education, National Education Association, (1987) Standards for Teacher Competence in Educational Assessment of Students Yarbrough, D. B., Shulha, L. M., Hopson, R. K., and Caruthers, F. A. (2011).
The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system.”(Lessing 42) Perhaps we only learn how to memorize equations, dates, and names, in order to pass then forget it all in time for another test. Our education system has become survival of the fittest, obstinately forcing you to excel with fear of getting left behind . Instead of coming up with consequences that will scare kids into not cheating, why don’t we begin by asking ourselves why children everywhere see it okay to cheat?
I feel that we should keep these banned books in school systems and allow students to start reading them once they reach a certain level of maturity. First off, there are a variety of reasons why it would be great to keep certain books in the school systems. Many books that are being put to the test are classics that contain valuable life lessons that deserve to be in schools forever (Shupe). People are trying to take these away just because they take offense to certain materials in these books, but our world is a cruel place and students need to learn the truth. Another reason why banning books is not necessary is because it goes against the Constitution of the United States of America.
If AYP repeatedly fails, changes are made starting with labeling of the school, teacher replacements and possibly even a school closing. Teachers are being forced to teach the test in order to keep their jobs. The pressure to make AYP has created the process of “Teaching the Test” or even changing test scores. I have reason to believe that my weaknesses are connected to No Child Left Behind. How can a student truly learn when they are being filled with answers rather than knowledge?
Most children in elementary schools come from homes that are already contained abusive beatings, so why should you have to come to a place where you learn and receive the same thing. Some parents feel that corporal punishment is the best way to go and there were actual parent who went into Nixon’s office and gave him the permission to do whip there kids but. Because they felt that was the only way to keep them in line, when in actuality it could hurt and harm them in the near future.
In elementary school, around the time of starting the fourth grade, was the first time I knew the basics about plagiarism. High school though is really the time where I learned about the consequences of plagiarism. While doing my first research paper, the teacher made it clear that if anyone in the class plagiarized you would not only fail the assignment, you would fail the class, the principal would be n... ... middle of paper ... ...ing a smart thing by stealing when actually they are only hurting themselves. In my opinion, Jayson Blairs decision of plagiarizing shows how unqualified he was at his career if he had to become successful by taking credit of another persons work. I thought before writing this paper that I actually understood the basics of plagiarism.
Their biggest concern is that the American student does not behave the way they once did. These teachers tend to put the blame on the parents stating that teachers now have to take over the role of parenting these children as well as trying to teach them. During one discussion in class, someone had stated that teachers may be expected to teach children what one would think their parents would teach them. The truth of the matter is that many of these students might not have parents at home who can do this, so in return this becomes the job of the teacher. The article stated that “Truth is, the problem with the American student is the American adult” (FDGDGS).