The Fault in Our Star Tests Essay

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Houser Kate Houser Tiffany AP Lang 21 February 2015 The Fault in Our Star (Tests) Education is the key to producing independent, creative, informed and cultured members of society, and within the realms of knowledge lie the secrets of life and the world around us. As our society continues to modernize, various systems require new adaptations to change alongside the changing world. However, the American public school system seems to be stuck in the past. Students are not being adequately prepared for their future, there is too much outdated structure and discipline, and the focus on merely “meeting standards” and emphasizing test-taking readiness is taking away the joy of education and squandering curiosity and passion for learning. The American education system is dysfunctional, and needs to adapt to the needs and aspirations of our society as individuals and as a whole. In many ways school can be thought of as life training. Its intent is to prepare you for a successful future, to train you to be an educated, independent adult. However if that is the case, why does high school life not exemplify how the real world operates? As Botstein states, “The rules of high school turn out not to be the rules of life.” (Botstein) While this may seem to ring true for the social aspect of high school, it is especially prevalent in the way students are taught. Projects and worksheets which have no connection or relevance to real-life situations are assigned to students, and the students’ connection to the subject being taught is immediately lost. Outdated training and teaching methods make teachers educate students in ways that are unappealing and non-immersive, such as through rote memorization and excessive note-taking. Teachers are judged more by their ability to adhere to standards and their emphasis on test preparation (Ravitch) rather than by their passion to teach or their

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