By showing to the readers that he was once a public school teacher it helps them see him as an expert giving his own expert opinion. He stresses that the public school system is doing the youth of this generation an injustice. He does this through analyzing the goals of education, not schooling. He uses the third goal a lot which is to make each person their best that they can be. He also says the today’s school system suppresses the word genius.
Holt states that learning from school teachers takes away one’s individuality and teaches children that if you don’t learn things their way, then you won’t learn it at all. I don’t believe Holt’s views on school systems is correct and I think they help provide a more stable education for children. Holt, a former school teacher and education theorist, believes that homeschooling benefits children more so than going to public schools. His views from this essay go hand-in-hand with many of his other essays. In True Learning, an excerpt from Holt’s The Underachieving Schools book, he is consistent with his belief that public schools often teach kids how to be lazy and how they will only remember the information that interests them, and nothing else.
Utilizing the approach of backward design when planning instruction involves the teacher identifying what the student should be able to understand and achieve by the end of the unit and then purposefully working backwards to scaffold instruction allowing for opportunities to deepen the understanding and depth of knowledge achieved (Wiggins & McTighe, 2006, p. 13). How am I, as an instructor, supposed to be able to determine the desired results, what evidence is acceptable and plan the learning experiences within the context of a school year that focuses on so much more than the state benchmarks? How do I create instruction utilizing backward design that takes into account the lack of skills my students come to me with in the beginning of the year? How will I ensure that my students retain the information (Wiggins & McTighe, 2006, p. 19) and perform with understanding, knowledge and skill on their own? Backward design seems to be able to answer those questions while being the pinnacle of good planning and instruction.
SLS1105-130 Individual Work: WK4 1. What mistakes did Debbie make in her test preparation that probably harmed her performance? I feel that Debbie did not study properly for the test. Furthermore, I think that Debbie should have asked the instructor questions about the test. Questions like, what is going to be on the test?
Critical Article Critique “Reassigning the Identity of the Pregnant and Parenting Student” “Reassigning the Identity of the Pregnant and Parenting Student” written by Heidi L. Hallman is a critical research article outlining the stereotypes placed upon teen mothers. The focus of the study summarizes the practices of a school designed for parenting students. Hallman attempts to emancipate teenage mothers and pregnant teens by creating a new identity for them. She also researches, analyzes, and reports her finding of the effectiveness of a school designed to provide additional support to these students. Her goal is to better understand why teenage mothers have been marginalized by society for many years and wants to change this image and create a new identity for these girls.
This book poses tough questions that should be addressed to ensure that children are protected and correctly guided while using a computer. Dr. Healy expresses concern that too little time has been spent studying the effects of educational technology, which consequently, can cause greater harm than good. Dr. Healy addresses the misconception that computers and educational software is the "key to successful student achievement". After countless hours in classrooms observing and talking to teachers and students, Dr. Healy suggests that perhaps many parents and educators "want to believe that technology is the `magic bullet' that will take care of problems in our education system that previously failed to be addressed" (p. 18). Consequently, she believes too much emphasis is placed on technology, taking away from the development of basic reading, math and problem solving skills.
She challenged her students to show their intelligence. She believed that they were victims of circumstance. Mike Rose found this inspiring. He goes on to say, “ If you get closer to their failure, you'll find knowledge that the assignment didn't tap, ineffective rules and strategies that have a logic of their own; you'll find clues, as well, to the complex ties between literacy an culture, to the tremendous difficulties our children face as they attempt to find their places in the American educational system.” When reading over this, I find that it is true, that if teachers took the time to find out why a student is failing, instead of just deeming them hopeless or incoherent, that they may find out that these students have much more potential than they originally thought. Not all students learn the same way, therefore, teachers need to try different ways to to teach the material.
Analysis of Tools used in Arguments John Gatto uses a number of tools to express his points in the argument over school education in his excerpt “Against School”. Some of these tools include expert opinion and exemplification. In Gatto’s explanation of how the school system we have today might not necessarily be needed, he supports his points by using exemplification. This is done by giving an example that “George Washington, Benjamin franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln….were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever ‘graduated’ from a secondary school”. Gatto uses this example of knowledge to prove his point that not every successful child went to school.
Analyse the significance of education as a theme in Frankenstein Frankenstein explores different ideas about education, both through the experience of a person and through being taught by a teacher. It looks at how people develop a “soul” and a moral compass through the schooling they are given by their parents and how the pursuit of knowledge can mean the end of a person’s happiness. Shelley draws parallels with her own education, and the education of other women from her time, and that of the Creature through ideas about self-education and the withholding of an education. Shelley also demonstrates how a highly regarded education does not necessarily make for a complete or well-rounded human being in the form of Frankenstein himself. Shelley tells the reader fairly soon that Victor Frankenstein “ardently desired the acquisition of Knowledge”.
It appears that testing is a waste of time, but in reality, it prepares students for future success. Another question that occurs is: What are students gaining from these different tests each year? Many people debate whether the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is considered to be pointless. Maybe these tests are teaching students accountability and responsibility, two vital tools for success in life. Within in the article, “No Child Left Behind: Test-Obsessed Education Won’t Move Us Ahead” the author, David Marshak, slashes the No Child Left Behind Act.