The Importance Of Social Promotion In Education

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Sir Isaac Newton, a famously intelligent scientist, mathematician, and philosopher, once uttered the words that became the widely studied statement know as Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton was referring to scientific principles, but his declaration can apply to many other various areas of life. For every decision an individual makes, he or she will be faced with an appropriate consequence, intended or unintended. Social promotion defies this logic; it concludes that if standards are not met, there should still be no repercussions. Social promotion is a widely practiced policy in the United States today and is drastically harming American students. The practice involves promoting…show more content…
By rewarding undesirable results, schools communicate that students do not have to work hard. This does an injustice to not only the struggling students who will be unprepared for the “real world” but also for the high-achieving students who are forced to accept the negative aspects of the situation that arise in the classroom. When socially promoted students advance to grades wrongly, teachers are forced to water down curriculum so those students are not completely lost. Teachers are also inclined to spend more time helping lower performing students which leaves higher performing students with much less individual instruction time (“Social Promotion Definition”). Teachers face a dilemma that has no suitable solution; either the socially promoted students or their peers will…show more content…
Students may graduate without basic necessary skills and a proper mindset to function in society such as organization, maturity, and accountability (Lynch 1). The long-term effects of social promotion are damaging to the students. The practice diminishes the value of hard-work and promotes the negative mindset that individuals are entitled. It creates adults with low self-confidence and acceptance of mediocrity. In 1983, A Nation at Risk, a statement describing education in the United States written by the National Commission on Excellence in education, indicated that the nation was at risk owing to the mediocrity that existed in public schools (Lynch 294). In reaction to A Nation at Risk, many schools turned away from social promotion which yielded positive results in a vast number of

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