Don't Blame the Teacher; Blame Yourself

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Stanley Smith A.J Ortega English Composition I December 2, 2013 Don’t Blame the Teacher; Blame Yourself If you ask a student what they like most about school, they will normally tell you that they get to see their friends or that they can interact with the student body. They always mention the social part of going to school. They never talk about the most important part; what they learn. Students in today’s society are not focused on the academic part of school. I believe that the students should be blamed for the lack of learning in school because they lack maturity, they don’t care about their education, and they are set up to succeed. To begin, the maturity of students is very low when it comes to their education. They cannot do any of their school work without their teacher having to tell them over and over again. John Gatto explains in his article, “How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why”, how maturity is being thrown out the window and completely forgotten about. Gatto states that “Maturity has by now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives. Easy divorce laws have removed the need to work at relationships; easy entertainment has removed the need to learn to entertain oneself; easy answers have removed the need to ask questions” (pg. 48). In this generation, the lack of maturity from students is causing them to find the easy way out of a difficult situation instead of doing the task the right way. I saw this happen a lot during my senior year of high school. Once I had started receiving my acceptance letters from different schools, I knew I was finished. All I had to do was choose what school I wanted to attend. This is when I started to develop “senioritous”, which is when seniors get so bored of high school and all they can think about is going to college. This happened to me during the second semester of my senior
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