Erica Goldson Valedictorian Speech Response Erica Goldson brought up a very controversial and very interesting topic about our current education system in the US. She states that students are so focused at memorizing data and getting good grades, that they miss out on the whole idea of learning and being educated. I agree with her, students should be learning and absorbing the material, instead of memorizing for the next big test and just forgetting about it later on. Graduating seems like the top priority in students nowadays, and to me that is just upsetting. And the students who are very talented and are very motivated to learn and be driven in a non-academic subject seem to have a more negative image than the people who are driven by academics.
Ms. Smith encourages interaction when students fail to pickup graded homework assignments and need to ask for them after class. This practice helps provide an opportunity for Ms. Smith to interact with the student regarding their homework. Ms. Smith encourages feedback by promoting students with the use of an appeal process when they believe a mistake has been made on their homework. In a second grade class, Ms. Smith’s homework policy would not be developmentally appropriate in its entirety. Verbally explaining and sending home copies of a homework policy would be appropriate for a second grade class.
There are many points made that can clearly push the overall answer one way, or another, its just about balancing out the positives and negatives. Cullington explains that texting can potentially hurt formal writing, but is proven to have no positive or negative affects in the long run. There are many concerns about text speak and formal writing. Cullington talks about how teachers see a decline in writing and are having problems in class because of text speak. “A Minnesota teacher of seventh and ninth grades says that she has to spend extra time in class editing papers and must 'explicitly' remind her students that is is not acceptable to use text slang and abbreviations in writing” (Cullington 89).
This would be a great chapter of the book for parents to read because it would help them to understand why the school is doing what it is doing. There may be a lot of different things going on when it comes to discipline that a parent of a student with special needs does not understand and this chapter could given them a good insight to the reasons behind the actions. Also it would give parents the resources they need to maybe challenge what the school is doing if the school does end up over stepping their role in disciplining a student
This way, researchers have found that the result of reward programs will be better for kids, especially for those kids who are struggling the most. At the same time, KIPP found that rewarding for the actions they can control, works better on kids. In the case of Fog city school district, many of the high schools have received negative accountability report cards in truancy, achievement gap and test score. It means students are not doing well, and teachers and parents can’t control them. In my opinion, they definitely should try PASS, which they are planning to do.
Yelling is not the right way to teach a child that they just did something wrong. When you explain to a child in a positive yet strict way that their actions were not pleasing, they perceive the information so much better than when being yelled at. Just like with my own children, I always reassured my classroom children that even though they made a bad decision, I still love them. The challenge didn’t come from my own classroom, the challenges came from the guardians. Through our program, we had to have several “workshops” with the guardians each year.
Learning about new things should be enjoyable when instead, it is doing the exact opposite and making children stress over it and hate the idea of it. Along with all of this stress, there comes even more negative effects on the average student. Having to deal with great amounts of stress, some students don’t know how to cope with it which results in their physical health deteriorating. Researchers have found that the increased levels of stress has led to “sleep deprivation and other health issues.” Lastly, no child or teenager should be forced to give up things that they
Jeremy Reed English 1101 Section 104 Jack Ehn October 29, 2014 Against School I can relate to John Taylor Gatto. "Against School" As I look at my kids as they do their homework it seems challenging at times, or I find them being bored with it and wanting to either do more work or not wanting to do any work at all. They seem to understand it’s just not challenging enough, or they may just be bored. Gatto says “I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid,
Their education can be hindered and the effectiveness of the learning practices put into place in schools are significantly lowered. The article states: “Teens spend a great portion of each day in school; however, they are unable to maximize the learning opportunities afforded by the education system, since sleep deprivation impairs their ability to be alert, pay attention, solve problems, cope with stress and retain information
Research shows that what is needed is not more money spent on education but an understanding of why children are turning off to learning and failing in school. We don’t need more text books but rather a different perspective with a new approach. We have been trying to teach with out looking at the missing dimension, the psychological reasons why children turn off to learning. Bruno Bettleheim, world renowned child psychologist in On Learning to Read, pleads with us to look at the “valid” psychological reasons why students fail. He says, “Although there has been great concern about children’s inability to read (learn) and how to overcome it, by and large there has been little sympathy for the valid psychological reasons why a child may passively resist or actively refuse to become literate, despite the obvious advantages that literacy offers.” He adds that “the missing component in educating the whole child is our lack of understanding why he doesn’t want to learn.” This different approach to solving the underachiever’s problem was discussed in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology for Schools by Alexander and Hare.