Conformity vs. Individuality State education and student individuality are what causes much tension in public schools. Schools want to achieve the same goal of producing a good student, but through what means? Are mandatory classes going to teach students to think for themselves of how to blend in with conformity and obey authority? 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 should balance both. Mandatory classes are used to set a basic system and to set standard classes for everyone, since everyone must learn the same things such as math, reading, and science.
Also another policy introduced in the 1988 education act was open enrolment days in which parents and students could look around schools and experience what it would be like to go to that particular school. Also to increase choice, open enrolment created a competition for schools to attract pupils and a greater funding. However some sociologists would argue that education policies have other aims other than marketisation. Students now at school have to stay on in some type of education till they are 18. This policy was introduced by New Labour, carried out later by the conservatives, with the main aim to reduce inequality.
The ideal was to establish a set of basic academic standards that all students should achieve, hold the schools accountable for meeting these standards for all students, ←and→ then give educators the choice of how to meet the standards. The way NCLB is currently being administered must be fixed, otherwise we will have both new ←and→ seasoned talented teachers leaving the profession in droves. Although reading ←and→ math tests would remain in the administration's proposal, schools could also include student performance in other subjects as part of overall measurements of progress. Critics say that the current education law has narrowed the curriculum for students:→ Many teachers zero in on math ←and→ reading at the expense of other subjects to help students prepare for the required tests. (Douglas) Students need a well-rounded education," the blueprint declares, and it cites disciplines including history, civics, foreign languages, and the arts.
It is for the purpose of labeling peers and deciphering which children are inferior, it is the social aspect of schooling. Lastly, the propaedeutic function teaches a minimal amount of children to manage the population to that the government can continue without being challenged. Initially I was taken aback while reading Gatto’s article, particularly in regards to Inglis six functions but upon further review and digging deep into my own personal experiences with the public education system, predominantly looking at my years spent in high school I would say there are some sad realities behind theses six
Gatto is saying that schooling is made for kids to adapt to; it has adaptive qualities, therefore there is a chance for everyone to succeed if they really want to, but it takes away from any individual thinking. Conforming is another evil of school because it makes us forced to learn things we really have no interest in and as Gatto states “its intention is to make children as alike as possible”(153). A lot of students use this excuse while they are in high school “when am I ever going to use this again in life” ill be honest I have said it before but I don't necessarily agree with these students because you need to build a base education before you figure out what you want your schooling to focus on. Kids change their minds everyday, I realized that I’m not quite sure I want to be an art major anymore, even being in the first couple of classes I knew it wasn’t for me
They can move to a better school if they have problems with theirs, or get supplemental resources, after school tutoring to help. Money is moved and spent in better ways, testing improves school curriculum. I think one would assume that NCLB helps, but according to the book Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP/PDC) at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies this may not be true. This book claims that the current accountability system does not provided sufficient evidence that the NCLB act has closed the achievement gaps. The book also claims that the NCLB accountability system does not provide the information needed to show how students are performing, or how to improve instruction, it also states that the achievement gaps that were meant to be closed are not showing, promising numbers and states are having a hard time helping low-performing schools (Engel,
We have age limits and restriction on many things, but why does are education system expect these young kids to make the right choices, ask for help and develop good study habits on their own. Our education system needs a new approach to resolve these issues. Teachers and parents need to be held responsible, for how well these kids do in school. We need come up with a new plan so these students aren’t left lost and helpless. Flunking students can be used as a positive tool by our education system.
Do you ever wonder if our school systems are being too demanding or not demanding enough? Some people look at how schools are ran and think they might be asking too much of the students. Some may think they need to be asking for me. I am well aware of what it takes to be a high school student. I have become accustomed to the way my school works, with grades and many other things.
The educational center will be divided into two parts: kindergarten and school. It will be like as governmental educational system, but teaching system will be different. I will make scholarships for children and pupils who had strong desire, but not budget. Apart from this, it will be really helpful to open class for disabilities; this is because they also have a right to live fully as healthy peers to gain knowledge and education. Later, if it will be successful I will open center for the student of lyceum and colleges and its aim will be prepare them to enter for both national and international universities.