They would say that a less strict grading system would let the students have more freedom. Some also protest that it would not help differentiate the outstanding students from the average for colleges and universities. In addtion, some would say it would also take a huge effort and time to change the grading system. You will have to train the teachers all over again. New standards would have to be made.
Students must discipline themselves to take charge of their own actions and also develop effective time management skills. College success is influenced by students disciplining themselves to take charge of their own actions for academic success. This implies that students must have the desire or willingness to perform to the best of their ability, change habits and behaviors, and take responsibility for their mistakes or failures. Motivation to succeed is determined by what a student values and desires. When students desire a specific outcome, assigning value to it will drive students to want to work harder to achieve it.
Tschinkel believes “we are failing to instill a love of learning in most of our students, replacing it instead with a pointless “game-the system” approach”. Tschinkel also states, the blame falls not only on the students, but on the entire educational system- professors, teachers, parents, the media- which encourages the sport metaphor and misrepresents the value of a true education. Tschinkel feels that students can change this mentality and actually take their education seriously however, this transition will be hard. The educational value of this article is for students and professors to realize
Roger Berkowitz’s article “Martin Luther King and The Purpose of Education” begins by explaining how universities can get into trouble and would lower their reputation if they are an organization of distributing knowledge. In 2012, information is widely distributed through the internet. In the year 1947, Martin Luther King Jr. composed a short thesis, regarding the purpose of education. It debated that we must not complicate teaching with information distributed. Berkowitz quotes King who states “most college men have a misconception of the purpose of education.
However, if an Asian student is not so good in math, he could be pressured by society and his family to try to fulfill the stereotype. Instead of taking a math course that suits his abilities in math, he thinks it is best to take a higher math level that he may struggle in and challenges his knowledge. Not only could it affect their grade, but stereotypes like these may affect the way they feel about not being like the rest of ‘their people’. Those being stereotyped may feel they are not good enough to reach the standard put on their race. Although being good at math may be looked at as something to be proud of, those who are not able to meet the expectation could feel a little discouraged.
In addition to re-creating or creating an ethical student, the author purposes inventing assignments that are built on ethical thinking and constructive content understanding rather than questions directly relating to “copy and paste” from a text book. What I found most interesting is the fact that author makes several reference to appealing to a student’s ethics by enlisting others to help curb plagiarism. It is obvious that when, very little, push comes to shove, students will throw away their integrity to make a grade. Perhaps it’s the professors that put too much weight in what college means to students. Whereas higher learning used to be a melting pot or harbinger for grand new ideas and scholars, for the majority of students – it is a means to an end.
“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale, compared to fear, as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.” (Stanley Kubrick ) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation Motivation can be divided into two basic categories: intrinsic and extrinsic. Children that are intrinsically motivated have an internal drive, so they will do something for their personal enjoyment, not in exchange for an external reward. They will “engage in activities for their own sake and out of interest in the activity” (Wigfield et al, 1998:76).
These steps will help students master their college experience. First, students should learn from past mistakes. Learning from their mistakes will help students avoid doing it repeatedly. Most students will blame their mistakes on another student or professor and that will do no good. Accepting the fact that is your own mistake is the first step to learning from it.
The problem with standardized testing is that it does not agree well with education. Even Alfred Binet, originator of the intelligence test said himself, “It should not be used to prop up a theory of intelligence” and that it was “nothing more than a practical device” (“Intelligence Testing”) This includes motivation, teaching, and evaluation. The most obvious forms of motivation, such as bribes and threats, are ultimately more harmful than helpful. Some schools use diplomas as both a way of bribing and of threatening students to do well on standardized tests. Not only is this unfair, but it is destructive.
Moreover, students have a strict time table in which they have to follow, and permission would have to be acquired before they can conduct the questionnaires. Although, you have to ensure you promise confidentiality when doing a study such as truancy. However, if you promise the recipient anonymity, you can be sure that they’ll be more honest and open about their answer. This would increase validity, and make the data collated more useful for the sociologist. Although it wouldn’t be helpful to the school as they wouldn’t be able to see from that data who the truant students are.