It’s no surprise that there are faults within our schools in today’s society. As both authors’ point out if our educational system is
The first national goal focuses directly on the early childhood years: "By the year 2000, all children in America will start school ready to learn." We believe that from the time of birth, all children are ready to learn. However, what we do or don't do as individuals, educators, and collectively as society can impede a child's success in learning. For example, if we do not provide adequate health care and nutrition for our youngsters, those children entering the public schools will already be behind their healthier, properly fed peers. The current educational practices of testing children for kindergarten entry and placement, raising the entrance age to kindergarten, adding an extra "transitional" year between kindergarten and first grade, and retaining children in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade are attempts to obtain an older, more capable cohort of children at each grade level. These educational strategies suggest that current curriculum expectations do not match the developmental level of the children for whom the grade is intended. In effect, these strategies blame the victims, the children, rather than confronting the real problem--an inappropriate curriculum.
In his essay “Against School,” John Taylor Gatto illustrates his view point that the American population would be better off by managing their own education. He compares the school system to the concept of boredom; that students as well as teachers are victims of the long ago adopted Prussian educational system: “We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simply and glorious. Let them manage themselves.” In other words, Gatto believes that the main reason for the existence of schooling consists in that it trains our children to be obedient citizens who can’t think on their own. His point is that as a society we cut off the intelligence and creativity
The United States Educational System is falling apart. The problems that started in the 1990s have persisted through two decades and are still present today. Obviously, what has been done so far hasn’t worked. It is time to engage in this endeavor to drastically change the educational system into something able to provide for the future of America. If American schoolchildren aren’t performing at least at the same level as children from countries such as China, Japan, and Finland; the United States runs the grave risk of losing its economic edge in the world (Wilde 1). The achievement gap in the United States should be much narrower considering the immense amount of wealth this county holds. At this point, failure can no longer be tolerated; wasting money can no longer be tolerated. In order to fix the system, a fully-funded voluntary preschool program should be available to every kid in the nation. Standardized tests should be replaced with grade-to-grade evaluations, where students only move on to the next grade if they demonstrate the necessary skills. Advanced classes are not present in any of the top-performing systems in the world; therefore, they should not be present within ours. Three areas need to be evaluated in deciding the course of reform which is: early educational development, student motivation, and curriculum level. Without homogeneous standards set across the nation, the United States will not achieve lasting school reform.
Stanley Hall felt school was too restrictive in creating conditions conducive to productive childhood education, so specific curricula, methods, materials and data became a focus for teaching child centered education. Hall’s work was based on his ‘general psychonomic law’ that proved children learn in different stages. This helped educational theor...
The world we live in is designed to keep people with power in power and the ones without power without power. As we go through our respective schools one thing remains hidden from the ones going through it. What is remaining hidden is their real intent of the school system. Why are the people with power making use go to school in the United States and most of the world. John T. Gatto talks about the real intent off school in his essay “Against School”. He says that the school system is meant to turn out well-behaved students ready to start working. Further school systems are made to make students feel alone and weak so that most will follow the group. Some, however, do not follow the group like in the case of Richard Rodriguez in his essay “The Achievement of Desire”. He is isolated from his family and most of his classmates for just about all of his academic career. This happens to a lot of students but more so in high school nowadays. If they wanted what is best for us they should not just assume they know what we want in our school system. They could change our schooling so that we can do what we enjoy doing James P. Gee and Elisabeth R. Hayes talk about this concept in their essay “Language and Learning in the Digital Age”. The people with power could use passionate affinity spaces to teach us what we want to learn. Having us learn what we want to learn will make us want to learn it. How we should teach our students and how we really are teaching them, does not help and doses not teach our students anything. The education system in the U.S. is broken but it can be easily fixed with modern technology. With all of the video games out there it is not hard to tell what kids are in to just ask them what games they li...
Harry L. Gracey’s article about his perspective of kindergarten as a “academic boot camp” for children really challenged my previous thoughts regarding the structure of school and education. I enjoyed his in-depth look into the physical and social structures of an actual kindergarten classroom and his critical approach in analyzing their daily routine. Before reading the article, I didn’t realize the extent in which education, especially kindergarten, is constructed with systematic activities and programs so that children can be socialized and shaped into good students. Being so young, I obviously don’t remember kindergarten being so structured but I now understand the need for this as the transition from kindergarten into higher levels of learning is important. It’s shocking to know that what I learnt in kindergarten is a large portion of why I am
There is no doubt our educational system is more complex than ever before. There is much to consider when looking at the balance between theories, proven methods, and the reasons why we chose to invest such time into our children’s education. In this paper I will touch on these theories, methods and the importance of the education.
Kyoko Mori says in her essay “School” that, “school and “the real world” both have their absurd moments, but school is where people go when they’re not satisfied with their “real world” lives and want a change.” By this Mori easily means that people go to school to get an education, to get a job so they can have a great future. These laws aren’t put in place for kids to only go waste there day so they won’t be off in the streets, they are put here so you will have a generation of young people who will have thinking and social skills, kids that will learn and want to be something in life. Now, of course, you will have kids that don’t want to be there, but by these laws you are pushing them to be something better, some young people might think that they simply can’t be any better, think they are unintelligent, but by these laws you are pushing them to be what they think they cannot be. Education laws are here to make kids prepare for their future, without this you will have kids not attending school, and doing stuff they probably should not be