Society is failing students by placing extremely low expectations on students and their achievement in academics as well as in life. Students are failing themselves. They are failing themselves by allowing parents, teachers, school systems, society dictate whether or not they will pay attention in class and receive an ideal education. Many people in society will attempt to place the blame of the problems in education on a specific group of people. No specific group of people can be blamed for the problems in education.
Research shows that what is needed is not more money spent on education but an understanding of why children are turning off to learning and failing in school. We don’t need more text books but rather a different perspective with a new approach. We have been trying to teach with out looking at the missing dimension, the psychological reasons why children turn off to learning. Bruno Bettleheim, world renowned child psychologist in On Learning to Read, pleads with us to look at the “valid” psychological reasons why students fail. He says, “Although there has been great concern about children’s inability to read (learn) and how to overcome it, by and large there has been little sympathy for the valid psychological reasons why a child may passively resist or actively refuse to become literate, despite the obvious advantages that literacy offers.” He adds that “the missing component in educating the whole child is our lack of understanding why he doesn’t want to learn.” This different approach to solving the underachiever’s problem was discussed in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology for Schools by Alexander and Hare.
Censorship of Books in School Should people be able to deny a student’s freedom to read any book they want to at school? Every time an adult bans a book, children lose the chance to gain knowledge from it. The students’ outlook on the world becomes narrower as they lose access to an insightful piece of literature, and prohibiting books like that limits a students’ access to fantastic literary texts. Book censorship in schools limits the education of minors, and the students’ can’t receive the full knowledge inside. Book banning has a huge negative effect on how students live, at school as well as at home.
Many people argue that development is vital in the younger years in the child’s life, and the ability to solve problems and apply ideas help in the long-term. Hyman argues that the lower classes create a self imposed barrier to learning their values. This is because he believes that they have a low value on education, with a ‘play safe’ culture and also a low level of self belief. This would all impact on the child performance at school as they would not have the attitude needed to progress. If at any point they failed, they would see this as a big mistake and give up and have a lack of motivation.
Matthew Claypool English 1120 3/8/15 In John Gattos, Against School, the author talks about how our school system as we know it today is failing at educating us. And the weakness of the school system in the United States in general. Schooling is not educating. We are taught that in order to be successful we need to be schooled. Which is not true.
Now, more and more children don’t like to listen to the other people. When someone is talking to them, they won’t care what he/she is talking about, and they will continuous to play their game. In many parents’ eyes, they will think their child still younger and like to play. Actually, if parents don’t correct their children’s attitude for listening, that will make their children don’t know how to listen to the other people anymore. Learning to how to listen is a core; it should be a part of children’s education.
Parents are struggling today to teach children independence and responsibility. Society has created the idea that it is acceptable to live depending on programs created by the government to help families struggling (Gentry, 1994). Schools are taking away the programs that help teach children ways to be self-sufficient. Children are not learning skills to cope with every day environments. Children are not learning self sufficiency.
Lower stream- feels dumb, do stops trying | Peer groups | Some friends can be more encouraging towards school than others | Processes inside school | Different processes can cause you to either become more motivated or not to do well. E.g. assemblies and tutor groups | What effect might this label have on children? The students with special needs may feel neglected and not cared for, because they are not given the label. The may find it harder to struggle in school since teachers do not know that they have a disability and instead they could be just labelled as lazy, stupid or dumb.
Despite the disagreements, strict disciplinary actions need to be enforced in schools to avoid bullying; because, it disrupts the learning environment, causes future disadvantages, and makes the victims become emotionally unstable. To begin with, not having strict disciplinary actions enforced in schools causes bullying to disrupt the learning environment. For example, victims of bullying find it impossible to concentrate in class while their bully is distracting them: This shows that not having strict disciplinary actions enforced in school could make many victims of bullying adapt school phobia. Additionally, fights in school that both the bully, and victim engages in diverts both of them from their learning process; this demonstrates, not having strict disciplinary actions in school is not only disruptive, but also dangerous. Lastly, constant fights, suspensions, or lack of the ability to cooperate in school with other students, makes it hard for bullies to apply for other schools due to their behavioral issues.
In “School is Bad for Children”, Holt states that a child enters school with more willingness to learn and desire to figure things out for themselves than they will ever be at school. He says that children learn the most important thing they will ever need to know before they even go to school which is “the mystery of language”. That when you first go to school you want to be there and want to learn. The author states that children do not learn own their own anymore, that their learning is done passively for them. Holt says that learning is separate from living and in other ways, he learns that he is abandoned and disloyal.