I can see that the reason behind Bitzer’s dull look id down to him being drained of his imagination by Gradgrind. Dickens creates Bitzer as he is the opposite of Sissy and he has had his imagination banished. The title of the novel is ‘Hard Times’, from reading and reviewing the first two chapters I can see why Dickens chose to call the novel ‘Hard Times’ as this illustrates exactly what the children were going through. I believe Dickens chose to write ‘Hard Times’ to get his point of view across. And from what he hoped he achieved and that’s why 21st Century schools are different.
When a teacher speaks about a student’s private matters publicly in front of other students it leads to the embarrassment of the student. The more embarrassed the student the less comfortable that student feels in the classroom. When a student is no longer comfortable in the classroom he is less likely to focus in on classwork work because he is more worried about how the other students are judging him. An example of this quality done badly is in the essay “Shame” by Dick Gregory, when the teacher spoke in front of a classroom of students about him claiming to have a father. She said, “We know you don’t have a daddy.” Even though Richard Gregory not having a father in his family was common knowledge amongst the classroom, it should not have been said as openly.
In “School Is Bad for Children,” John Holt is explaining how school actually takes away most of the learning from children. From starting school at age four, and through the harsh grading system, along with being bombarded with rules the minute the step into school, nothing good can come out of it. After reading this article, I’ve come to realize how manipulating the American school system
During Mike’s vocational experiences he was taught by teachers that were inexperienced and poorly trained in the subjects they taught. As a result, their lesson plan and the assignments they prepared for class were not designed to proficiently teach students anything practical. For example, the curriculum of Mike Rose’s English class for the entire semester consisted of the repeated reading of ... ... middle of paper ... ...o think for themselves. He believes that students will become more active and informed citizens if they are brought up to think for themselves (155). Gatto’s proposed solutions can be found successfully applied in Mike Rose’s essay.
He of course, did not like it one bit, so he started tormenting me by disrespecting my space and making me scared of staying after school. There was only one instance that a teacher caught his atten... ... middle of paper ... ...tie I had with the bad memories. The first step I took after breaking free, was help teach students who did not understand a language or had complications with mathematics. I then started to assist teachers in with their grading and found myself a place in the library. The librarians were nice enough to make me their right hand and allowed me to gain experience.
Both students and teachers are bored in schools today. The learning should be much more interesting and active for students in school, therefore, teacher needs to grab their student attention. When I was in high school, my parents asked me a question at the dinner table, “What did you learn at school today?” Most often my answers were “nothing.” This conversation is an example of how boredom is commonly found in American public schools. Students complain that the teachers are unable to teach their material and teacher complain that the students do not want to learn. Gatto discusses this common school attitude in his article.
These unfavorable attitudes in schools are caused by teachers. As stated by Ashraf, et al, “Teacher’s personality has so many dimensions which affects students in grooming their personality and to build up their character.” The research support that teacher’s characteristics are related to students’ attitudes. Surprisingly, The NDPC found that 43.5% of the students who were pushed out of schools in 2006 dropped out due to an absenteeism. Why many students absent repeatedly? Carl Azuz, the anchor of CNN Student News, reported that over half of American students who are regularly absent say that “school is boring.” Students feel bored in classes due to boring teachers.
Most students go on with their lives and do not care if an assignment is finished, so there is no improvement upon the students’ grades. Therefore, no matter how much homework is assigned, we are still below the average mark. Plus, you will be surprised by certain individuals who do the work, while others may be lazy. So what is the point, if the majority of students do not put forth the effort? Homework is basically a hassle for students and it is something assigned to keep students busy; therefore, homework should not be given to high school students at SHS.
Aldrich also believes that students do not write enough. Writing is like any other skill, and takes practice to get better. Aldrich thinks teachers are not making students write more because, “they cannot write either, nor do they know how to teach other’s to do so” (184). This all leads to a very toxic cycle where a teacher who can not write teaches a student how to “write”, and that student becomes a teacher and teaches more students how to “write”, ultimately leading
They continue to “torment the weak/ and the smart,/ mussing up their hair and breaking their glasses,” (Collins 14-16). The teacher’s protection has backfired. He taught the students a work of fiction and they did not believe him or his stories. They continue to do their worst as the teacher continues to live in his fantasy world where he makes up the history in which he wants to teach. He continues to live in a world in which he makes up so he can pretend that he is helping them.