Our generation’s answer is sadly quite the antithesis. As a student currently attending high school, students’ priorities our quite low when it comes to the overall progress in school, but high when it relates to the social spotlight. Can you blame us though? Has the latter generation of adults ever actually considered the types of role models developing minds look
A graduating high school senior, one generation ago, would earn approximately 36% less than a college graduate; today the study has shown that the difference is now 76%. The National Science Teachers Association has also prepared a study that has pinpointed what is actually lacking. The N.S.T.A. has determined that the focus on core curriculum at the high school level seems to be what has gone awry (Association), unprepared students, either directly entering the workforce or seeking tertiary education, are so deficient in basic skills that it is hindering advancement in the workforce or college. The unprepared student yields workers which may not be able to handle the changing technologies, or lack of qualifications to handle basic tasks, and mediocre college student, making it difficult, the goals for which the student had hoped to realize.
Another way in which cultural deprivation may lead to educational underachievement is due to the different speech codes used by middle class and working class people. Working class people use the restricted code which is less analytical and more descriptive, with a limited vocabulary. Whereas middle class people use the elaborated code which is more analytic with a wide vocabulary and more complex sentences. Due to working class pupils using the restricted code, this puts them at an educational disadvantage as it is the elaborate code that is used in education, by teachers,
Teachers and administrators recognize, of course, that children bring a plethora of issues with them to the classroom these days...drugs, gangs, violence, family dissolution and stress, financial hardship, and social discrepancy. There are other factors which place children at-risk as well. The number of minority and limited-English-proficiency children in schools is on the rise. We have to do all we can to help these new students, but some teachers feel very ill-prepared to do that. Schools get labeled as failing when they can get all students to the level that the state says they need to be.
Those that get lucky and have a support group tent to make it to the end in order to receive their diploma or certificate and attain a better paying job. What I have learned after doing research and watching the videos provided, my perspective changed only towards the government. The government is somewhat at fault for generational poverty. They know that the schools offer education based on their resources and if schools in these areas aren’t offered enough resources they cannot provide a quality education for those kids. They claim that without a quality education, generational poverty will never cease.
It appears that the problem is not so cut and dry. According to a study done by Richard Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania, the 56% of the teacher’s dissatisfaction with teaching prominently minority/low-income students was that they weren’t paid enough. (Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future Nov. 2004) More than half the teachers felt that they weren’t paid enough to have to deal with these children. In some cases the problem doesn’t lie with the individual teachers but with policy or decisions being made from a district, city or state level. According to a report released by the Applied Research center, “Students of color are subjected to racist policies that limit their opportunity to learn and ability to succeed in life.
Even though the states assess the progress of the students by their test scores the assessments vary from state to state. My position on this act is that each teacher must do their job in order to not have to face the consequences of the state. The fact that more and more students in school in America are non English speaking the teacher’s job just got a lot
High school students nationwide are expected to take the widely despised SAT. The SAT is supposed to show the value of a student’s knowledge, but they fail miserably. A solid GPA says a lot more than one test. Something should be done. The SAT has caused much stress through the years, and for a useless purpose.
Growing up I was bullied plenty of times by insensitive students. The bullying and mocking affected me to the point where I didn’t want to go to school. However, with advice from my parents I learned to ignore the bullying and mocking because I was better than
Middle school was the worst years of my school career. It is a place where one cannot be true to who they are. Whether it be because they haven’t established their own style or they are scared of other students thoughts. In addition it is the transition from elementary to a school with the whole town, not just the kids who lived in your area. A lot more responsibilities are expected from us at such a young age, yet we are still very immature.