Not many people stop to question if the information they are reading or being taught is factual. While the events Loewen points out may have some discrepancies in US History lower-learning textbooks; this does not mean all textbooks are incorrect. If anyone were to research any single US historical event he would end up finding out information he may have not been privy to through textbooks. Keep in mind, to incorporate every detail into one United States (US) History textbook is an unfathomable task. Students wouldn’t be able to carry the textbook and it would take years for teachers to deliver them information to him.
Nichole Anderson English September 24, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr., dream, in my opinion has not become reality today because of discrimination, education and equal opportunities for blacks and whites. If you pick up any job application, it will ask for race. No issue has dramatically shaped the social and political landscape than the issue of race. Look at employment and education statistic. It should not matter if the school is public or private, children should all have equal opportunity for a great education, regardless of how much money their parents have.
In the eyes of some people, this is a good investment. Unfortunately, they cannot see that other areas that are very important to our future are being neglected. John Stossel’s opinion article entitled, “Stupid in America,” states that the public school system in the United States is not advancing whatsoever because the government isn’t actually concerned with the education of America’s youth. This is troubling news because even though new technology and innovations are important, they cannot create themselves and require an educated generation for their invention. An uneducated generation equals no future advancement.
Kids are no longer pushed to excel in schools. The school system tries to convince children that they are all doing well when it is not true. When schools allow students to retake all their tests for better grades, students will not strive for perfection on their first attempt. If they do not have letter grades or finals, it is difficult to evaluate student success. These policies will keep children’s feelings from being hurt, but if Eunice cannot do poorly, she has no motivation to do better.
Vocational Education gives no chance for the person to prosper academically in any way, simply it teaches the children and some adults information that only pertains to a specific menial job. The Urban Indian Experience in America by Donald Lee Fixico portrays all of the challenges that are presented to Native Americans living in modern America. In this book, Fixico utilizes the account of a past native student, “David Richmond argues that the schools on the reservation paid little attention to the students grades because they were prejudice (Fixico,156).” Fixico’s book portray how the Indian Education Act of 1972 isn't protecting the Native Americans education, but rather just blanketing the problem. This account of Richmond shows a school system that is truly corrupt. He helps clear up that there are no possible paths that students may take to succeed and this leads ultimately to failure.
In our current reality, the war in Iraq is the first example that came to mind after starting this book. Our culture is so different from the culture in the Middle East, and it seems so silly to me to send the children of Iraq books and pencils for their new “Americanized school system,” when they do not even have running water or regular meals on a daily basis. Some may argue that these problems plague our own society here in the U.S. I feel it is presumptuous of our society to think that by sending school supplies to a war-torn country, those children will begin their educations with smiles on their faces because they have new pencils and books. I also enjoyed the basic translation of Durkheim, Feinberg, and Soltis, who argue that education is a means to ensure that children grow up to function in manners that allow the continued survival of a particular
Be all that you can be. After all, look at what the United States has accomplished.” (Loewen page 387) The history books leave out facts that do not paint our forefathers in a good light. The authors seem to try and mold the minds of the young people into believing that everything that has happened in United States history is moral and just. We would never believe that these “first settlers” would have been as cruel as to not only take advantage of the suffering of others but to also celebrate it. The Pilgrims did not happen upon Plymouth Rock.
That parents stress to children the importance of education all their school lives, but they continue to give money things that are less important, instead they should put money towards the teachers who wants to help make a difference in every child's life. Barber believes that parents should actually display their actions that they care and value their education. He explains who are to blame for the lack of quality education in America. The generations before the young and the government have a partial blame in why the school system is failing. Barber's argument is more superior, because he takes the sociopolitical context of education in to account, where as Henry does not.
Yassmeen Youssef Ms.Abayhan Writing 7 M 20 March 2013 Dear Editor: America was created to represent a country that gives everyone a second chance, a chance that exiles from other countries take advantage of. The poor, tired, and homeless come to America in hopes of having a better life. Some come to America illegally by crossing treacherous borders, while others chose to apply for legalization by waiting their turn. I believe that we should open the borders to America. For instance, illegal immigrants who don’t usually bring their children with them, and would normally have their children enrolled in American schools still pay education taxes, this keeps the economy going.
Welsh’s article discusses the difference between American students and Asian students. The Asian students identified that their biggest factor behind academic success was “studying hard”. I believe that many American students have lost their internal drive and motivation to study hard, including myself, with technology now and it being so easy to cheat it becomes almost unnecessary. Insufficient teaching is not the major factor to blame nor is poor study skills or the lack of there of. I believe that the problem behind American students not studying is solely due to the lack of determination to study and excel in schoolwork.