Quindlen’s first main assertion is “Teaching is the toughest job there is.” (100). To back up her assertion Quindlen uses Frank McCourt’s new memoir, Teacher Man, in which he explains to his new students that “Teaching is harder than working on docks and warehouses.” (100). Quindlen uses a strong assertion to let her readers think through how much teachers get paid and that there are no summer vacations and cushy hours, “mornings are for students who need extra help, and summers are for second and even third jobs to help pay the bills.” (100) With this assertion, Quindlen makes a strong appeal to her readers of how hard it is to be a teacher and be underpaid. Quindlen wrote, “The average new teacher today makes just under $30,000 a year, which may not look too bad for a twenty something with no mortgage and no kids.” (100) Majority of Americans went to school, passed and moved on to their jobs and didn’t realize that they wouldn’t be making the amount of money that they do if the under paid teachers hadn’t completed their job. Quindlen supports her argument with facts of how much teachers make, and how hard teachers really do have it.
This is due to the fact that although we are a world power, we fall behind our diversified peers academically. I agree with Baldwin’s essay that every single student should have the opportunity to be in charge of their own success and be able to determine such decisions regarding their own education. His speech makes me feel inspired and determined because of how determined he is to urge teachers to extinguish the unhealthy state American education and transforming it into a forum of empowerment. Baldwin states several pieces of information regarding our society and those made me stop in my tracks for a minute and re-evaluate how our society can change and affect people. Students must be taught within themselves and not by society.
With technology that runs the life’s of millions, and the constant need to obtain anything and everything without a price, Lao-Tzu would hang his head in shock at the life we have grown so quick to know. There are places in the government and in the life of today that Lao-Tzu would think inadequate for living; however, we must look at what in our life meets his guidelines as well. Modern American society is not perfect. The ways of the world have changed since 6th century BC and life has become much more complicated all the while striving to make things simpler. The way technology has driven the last half of a century has changed life astronomically.
By showing that she has taken 2 years to come up with a decision, and yet tells the media of her decision first instead of the “Premier” shows her “’passion’ for improving education”. The writer also says “words fail me” instead of just the word shock as it has a greater impact on the reader. By showing the fact that, Colebatch, himself, is “the economics editor of THE AGE shos that he is also a stakeholder in the situation and his view is credible. The cartoon further supports the argument for “Gonski reforms”. The broken windows, terrible condition of the school position the readers to show pity for the children studying in the schools.
My parents push me to be the best that I can be, which sometimes I don’t care what they are saying, don’t they understand that 9th grade is hard? And then I read that quote again, yeah yesterday was a lot easier than today but then is today going to be easier than tomorrow? I can’t say, I just have to know that with each passing day I read that quote I know there is NO easy day, unless I make it that
If it will be Year-round school tax increase will be much higher. Schools already struggle with money, many teachers got laid off. Better to keep our 10 months school system and keep teachers in school for not to have over 30 kids in one class. 63 % adults opposed to Year-round school. For sure children shouldn’t attend Year- Round School.
The Cartel The Cartel shows the educational system like we have never seen it before. The Documentary shed the light on what are the problems with the U.S education and also showed what is causing these problems. It shows what happens when our schools are not doing their job. America spends too much money in education; the government gives billion of dollars every year to the public school districts. But even with all that funding they are not seeing very good results.
The effects of NCLB affected everyone, whether you were at the top of your class or toward the bottom. To those of us who experienced the affects if NCLB first hand, it seemed like the students who put in the least amount of effort got rewarded the same things that the students putting in hours of work got. I asked my good friend Casey Collins, who attends University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, if she felt that NCLB was affective she said, “In all seriousness it was passed to help those who were behind get back on their feet, but it never took into account why all of these students were doing poorly in the first place. It's not effective in the fact that these kids are now moving forward but still don’t have the knowledge to do so. It also holds back the kids who work hard to succeed.” Many of the people I asked agreed in some way with Casey.
Those that get lucky and have a support group tent to make it to the end in order to receive their diploma or certificate and attain a better paying job. What I have learned after doing research and watching the videos provided, my perspective changed only towards the government. The government is somewhat at fault for generational poverty. They know that the schools offer education based on their resources and if schools in these areas aren’t offered enough resources they cannot provide a quality education for those kids. They claim that without a quality education, generational poverty will never cease.
A problem with our education system today is it is impossible for many citizens to receive the benefits of higher learning for the simple fact that they cannot afford it. So in an effort to change this, President Obama made another proposal for Congress to change the Higher Education Act in hopes that the federal aid provided to schools is based on affordability and the value of the education received. In addition to that, his administration has made public a “College Scorecard” that which gives citizens the opportunity to compare colleges’ criteria. This will essentially allow parents and students to receive an education worthy of all the money that is being invested into the school. Last but not least, the President touched on the Newtown tragedy and the several other shootings that have occurred since then as he began to discuss policies on gun control.