Why Schools Are Failing Our Children January 23, 2011 There are many problems plaguing our schools and which affect the quality of education that our children receive in our pursuit to give them the quality of education that we want them to receive. It has become an issue that has compounded itself over the years and with each solution to a problem seems to bring more problems. The main problems that face our schools today are funding, curriculum, staffing, state mandates, and federal mandates. These problems must be addressed fully to allow children to have a proper curriculum that engages the brain in thinking and problem solving to give our future a chance to be more successful than the generations before. The issue with financing schools is not a new problem.
When choosing the most appropriate interventions, the student’s multifaceted school day is heavily taken into account. Especially noting that social workers are limited in the amount of time they are able to spend with an individual child or group. “Implementing scientifically based research is a complex process, especially when trying to match research to school wide, class wide, and individual needs consistent with a response to intervention (RtI) practice framework” (Sabatino). Interventions are a team effort and need to be treated as such for a child to be successful. The frequency of children suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become higher and higher.
Serious Challenges Facing Public Education Today Not many would argue about the importance of excellence in education. Problems such as teacher attrition, lack of parent involvement, and teaching high-stakes testing may hinder progress in education. They are only a few of many major issues facing American education, and educators are challenged to do everything in their power to conquer them. An education is a indispensable and essential tool, and it’s important to get our students to value their education. An education can open doors to opportunities that would have never been possible were it not for the education and preparation that one received while in school.
Homeschooling VS. Public Education Parents and teachers have many different opinions when it comes to which form of education is most effective. There has been a lot of research done to support both sides of this argument. After years of research it seems there are many pros and cons when comparing homeschooling and public education. Many parents that choose to homeschool their children do so because they believe that public schools would expose them to drugs, violence and a lack of religious teachings. Homeschooling also offers parents the opportunity to spend more time focusing on subjects they feel their child needs improvement on.
African Americans have the power to succeed in the classroom on their own determination. Not only do they succeed in the classroom, but it also helps them learn acceptance and tolerance for people different from themselves which will play a role in higher education and the workplace. In today’s society African Americans are employed and owners in diverse careers. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there were only certain jobs that African Americans were allowed to work. Many Caucasian Americans believed a completely fallacious myth
“Uniforms Rule” by Pat Wingert talks about some advantages and disadvantages of uniform and how that affects school safety and student’s behavior. As in article, uniforms affect students in so many good and bad ways. As educators, researchers, and experts think of dress code and uniform as very useful school system which can solve so many problems that school is facing today, students tend to respond as their freedom and rights are violated. I agree with them because for the students to accept uniforms it may take some time. I think if all school has uniforms system than students will more focus on study not on fashion.
In Source A, Gatto begins by asking his audience a profound question, “Do we really need school?” Of course, this may sound impractical; however, he does not mean that kids should not get an education. State education and student individuality are what cause much tension in public schools. It is in the schools’ best interest to balance these ideas and not lean towards only one, and not have a school only based on conformity or individuality, but a school that balances both of these. There are mandatory classes that are set as a basic system so as to have standard classes for everyone, since everyone must learn the same things, i.e. math, reading, and science.
However, some disruptions are unpreventable and inevitable and strategies need to been in place to deal with these when they occur. One classroom condition that a teacher has no control over with the growing populations of students is large class sizes. Large classes will only add to difficulty of classroom management as there are potentially more students to create disruptions. It is the teacher’s responsibility to keep the students engaged to avoid students losing interest which could lead to misbehaviors. Spencer Kagan, Patricia Kyle, and Sally Scott provide that disruptions and misbehaviors can be prevented by, “An interesting, stimulating teacher who adapts the curriculum to student interests and needs” (Charles, 2008, p. 155).
One of the cons of attending public schools is the issue of having more students to teacher ratio, and for some students that can be a problem, because they need more of a one-on-one learning environment to understand what is taught to them. Having distractions can be a major problem for them and cause them to fail at their education. No parent wants that for their child.
On one side, people can improve their English Language, get a diploma, change professions, or improve careers. On the other hand, discipline, especially, in the public schools of the U.S. is a problem, and should be improved because poor discipline cannot prepare students to continue their education. Body Discipline in the public schools must take priority in the U.S. First of all, the students need to be prepared to their future lives, and good discipline in the public schools can help them to do it more easily. For example, if students will take responsibility to do their homework. Come to class on time, or follow the teachers’ instructions they are prepared to continue their education in college.