Students think they are more capable than the work they are assigned, and that teachers are less capable than they are supposed to be. While teachers, on the other hand, cannot stand the rude and grades-aiming students either. Both teachers and students impute blame to each other. Then Gatto admitted that he was once one of the boring and querulous people by telling an unforgettable and valuable experience with his grandfather, from whom he learned that each individual is responsible for entertaining and instructing himself. Otherwise, one would be considered immature and untrustworthy.
Creating this bigger gap in funding only hinders a school from achieving academic excellence and eventually causes teachers to lose jobs and schools to shut down. Furthermore to cover shortfalls at least 22 states have scaled back K-12 funding and at least 24 have made cuts in higher education for fiscal year 2012 including reducing, or eliminating, personnel and programs vital to the most vulnerable populations: lower-income and minority students (Ceasar., Watanabe., T., & Times, L. A., 2011). Students are being pushed through a system that allows them to chose their electives such as, the time spent learning how to cook and drive, which counts as much toward a high school diploma as the time spent studying mathematics, English,
The Sadker’s open their “Hidden Lessons” work by stating that “it is difficult to detect sexism unless you know precisely how to observe it” (Sadker, and Sadker 55). It is clear that the authors feel that sexism and biasing are current issues and happening but being left unattended by school administrators across the country. The article uses the uneven distribution of time that the teachers give the male students over the female students as their prime example of favoritism. They formed their conclusions after sampling classroom activities in a leading Washington D.C. private school and used a statistical system as a model to hypothesize outcomes in other areas of the country. In addition to the Sadker’s sampling evidence and their conclusions; they also expose asymmetric teacher-pupil interaction instances where teachers use female students as props while the boys are allowed to dominate the lecture discussion.
Moore’s purpose in writing this essay is to educate people on what is really behind the failing education system, mostly public schools. He hopes to get all people held to the same standard. He does not want factors such as social class, where somebody went to school, who their parents are, or what level of education they’ve had to determine whether or not people are considered “Smart” or “Successful”. He argues that people with the highest level of education can have less knowledge than someone with no education, or that is stereotyped as stupid. Moore says, about jocks on the sports show Two-Minute Drill, “To look at these testosterone-loaded bruisers you would guess that they were a bunch of illiterates…In fact, they are geniuses.
The contempt he shows is clear as he highlights the hypocrisy of the media. Author credibility is built by describing his own experiences in school. It starts out in the first grade, when he was smart enough to be promoted to the second grade but was held back by his mother fearing that her son would get picked on. The end of his formal education comes when he describes dropping out of high school because he could not find a parking spot. Disdain is showed towards government officials for their part in education.
But if we are a country of democracy why should someone be forced into reciting or doing something they don’t feel believe in. I think the schools should write their own pledge relating to the education side of things. Having your own voice and being heard is a big part of our culture today. I think the children who didn’t recite the Pledge were somewhat outcaste. So the kids who didn’t say it were perfectly identified as different.
“We Should Cherish Our Children’s Freedom to Think” Essay by J.W. Even Kie Ho himself agrees “..that American education does not meet high standards in such basic skills as mathematics and language” [p.113] and at the same time he wonders, in the sarcastic manner, if the best way to teach would be if we “… stuff the developing little heads of our children with hundreds of geometry problems, the names of the rivers in Brazil and 50 lines from The Canterbury Tales?” [p.113]. Thus, the author shows his negative attitude towards memorization and trying to convince us too. But in fact, this method of teaching often gives good results. However, Ho ignores the importance of the actual knowledge, and I cannot agree with him.
He believed that people were ignorant and shouldn’t be allowed to rule themselves. For, without the proper knowledge, people make poor choices all the time. Look at Freedom. A good school in general, but in it students demonstrate poor decision making every day. Students get it fights, take drugs, drink alcohol, skip classes and do things that just don’t make sense.
These results cannot be explained by the efforts made to educate the disadvantaged, or by "exit exams" that reduce the pool of high school graduates in some countries. America's public schools clearly need to be improved but, in spite of receiving a massive increase in resources, have consistently failed to do so. Given this dismal performance, the current calls for fundamental educational reform are natural, healthy and long overdue. The school choice movement has answered this call by taking the
Abolishing Grades Grades are one of the realities of the modern educational system. Yet, the question whether colleges and universities should abolish grades has been an issue that concerns a lot of scholars. At the beginning of his essay “A Proposal to Abolish Grades”, Paul Goodman suggests that if half a dozen prestigious universities would do away with grading, the education students get will improve and more and more universities would remove grades from their assessments. Goodman concedes that testing cannot be avoided; its purpose should be viewed differently though from being a mere examination that discovers the students’ weaknesses to actually allowing students to seek their level of knowledge. “ For the important purpose of placement, if one can establish in the student that belief that one is testing not to grade and make invidious comparisons, but for his own advantage, the student should normally seek his own level, where he is challenged and yet capable, rather than trying to get by” (Goodman 21).