College provides us with the knowledge and credibility that employers seek in this demanding world today. However a huge debate has to be brought to attention if going to college and receiving a bachelor’s degree should be a requirement to even get your foot in the door or be considered for a job. An interesting point of view on the bachelor’s degree being a job requirement is in the essay “Should The Obama Generation Drop Out?” by Charles Murray. Murray is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, has written on social issues and published a book in 2008 regarding real education. I think Murray’s point of views will change a lot of people and the way they see education as a primary resource to qualify to get a good job.
Samantha Marzano Professor Weltha Wood English 1113 (Comp I) 31 August 2015 Summary 1 Diane Ravitch, introduces “Obama’s War on Schools” by stating that she has interviewed almost 100,000 people involved in public education. With no one on the inside to speak up about the harm federal policies are inflicting on the schools, many are concerned for its future. Ravitch informs us that instead of getting rid of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, which was put in place by George W. Bush, Obama came up with Race to the Top. Ravitch believes that it is even “more punitive than NCLB”. Ravitch explains that NCLB was put in place with the expectations that schools would improve if students were tested every year and the score
Critique of “Will Your Jobs Be Exported” by Alan S. Blinder Starting in elementary school teacher’s begin to prepare you for standardize testing. You learn all this material, and test on it, learn the material… and the cycle continues. Kids who cannot test well drop out or fail and are looked down on by society , kids who succeed pass and continue on and are praised, the question is does that particular style of learning come in handy when all the American people jobs are being exported. According to an article in The Atlantic news paper “53% of recent college graduates are jobless or unemployed” so in the end are we not all equal? When all the jobs of the future go to personal service jobs, will American children only know how to test or fail or to invest all their time into schooling for professions that will not pay?
Linzee Williams Professor Teale ENG 121-151 23 January 2012 Goodman has brought many great different perspectives on abolishing grading into his article, to show the bigger picture. But Goodman clearly states where he stands, as far as grading in college level. One of his main quotes states, “I think the majority of professors agree that grading hinders teaching and creates a bad spirit, going as far as cheating and plagiarizing.”(p.212). This article was written in 1964. Society has changed quite a bit since then.
By Benjamin Barber, The Student and the University by Allan Bloom, and Class in America by Gregory Mantsios, the connection between the three is the idea of how education is the key to the people’s future, how it classifies them, and how it builds a nation. In Letter to America, written by David Boren, a former US Senator and president of the University of Oklahoma, quotes, “One of our greatest shortcomings as Americans is our failure to be intellectually curious about what is happening to us as people.” (Boren, 11). The problem is that education is being disregarded, and America needs to realize this as a whole. If the education in the United States is declining, the students are affected, and then the building of a great nation is disrupted. Barber, Bloom, and Mantsios all provide opinions and ideas that could solve this problem and help future generations succeed in a functional nation.
Controversy Controversy North Shore School District 112, which is located in Northern Lake County, Illinois, and represents 12 schools in the school district. The several communities that the district serves are Highland Park, Highwood, and Fort Sheridan. The district, which boasts of more than 100 years of educating children, has called for a strike recently. The teachers are not worried about the 4,300 students who are taught, they are worried about better pay, benefits, and advancement. It is understood in the United States than one an individual joins the workforce one expects certain amount of compensation and teachers are no different.
Edward Koren, cartoonist from the New Yorker magazine, adequately displays the typical American viewpoint on their ideal schooling and education. In his cartoon, it is clear that Koren is referring to Americans because of the American flag present; the cartoon is addressing how test scores and athletics are a prominent factor in high schools. The overall message of his cartoon is that test scores, along with athletics, have become more important to academic institutions than academics themselves. “Test scores became an obsession, ”Ravitch states. In the article Stop the Madness, written by Diane Ravitch, she elaborates on the issue of exceptionally high test taking.
Because of the 1982 United States Supreme Court decision of Plyler vs. Doe, states are required to provide illegal immigrant students with a free public school education. Thirteen years after this Court decision, public school systems in states with large illegal immigrant populations are going bankrupt (Grandrath 3). According Walsh, Public education has cost U.S. taxpayer an estimated $2 trillion since 1980 when President Jimmy Carter rewarded his supporters in the National Education Association (NEA), the teachers union, by creating the U.S. Department of Education (1). There are an estimated 1.5 million school-aged illegal immigrants in the United States public education system and the government spends an estimated $12 billion annually to educate them. The biggest chunks are spent by California ($7.7 billion) and Texas (3.9 billion), where the situation has become a public education crisis with no end in sight (Illegal Immigrants Cause Public School Crisis 1).
Dutton-5th AP Lang November 6, 2013 Entering the Conversation Essay The “American High School” was originally intended for students who wanted to further educate themselves. That was until Horace Mann decided to modernize the education system by introducing standardized textbooks, extending the school year from the original two to three month periods to ten months out of the year, and finally making attendance for school mandatory. The main focus point on educating American students in high schools has sadly altered throughout the years into a civilian-preparation center. Teaching them how to sit quietly for numerous hours out of the day trying to retain information, while their enjoyment for their courses is slowly dying. Students are also maturing much earlier than when the education system was first created, therefore keeping them in
The staggering differences in scores greatly concerned the United States Department of Education, which led to a spur of reform such as the passing of government programs intent on improving American education around standardized testing. Consequently, American “success” would largely depend on grades, test scores, and single-minded devotion to school during the teenage years. This new system was clearly meant to emulate the education system of Japan, a country where the grueling school system causes more than 100 students to commit suicide per year. Although the Asian educational system has been an inspiration point for American schools, the switch to imitate the East Asian school system will lead to a drastic and negative effect in American students’ lives. The traditional American mindset toward school has greatly changed over time, creating both positive and negative effects toward its students’ education.