The U.S. seems to think It's a smart idea to compete with other Countries, such as Japan. The amount of pressure put onto young students today is unbelievable. Kids don't get to have fun anymore, because they need to pass yet another test or do 10 more pages of homework. What happened to those kids who want to be plumbers? Or girls that want to work with hair? Why does school nowadays try to force specific areas onto children, such as math? This needs to stop, NOW!
I believe that the quality of education in the United States has dramatically declined over the course of the past decade. I think that budget cuts have forced teachers and the U.S. education system to "make due" with what's available as opposed to investing in gathering the best materials possible to teach our kids.
You see, it isn't just rich students that sometimes want to benefit from small class sizes and direct interaction with a professor and not some 21 year old TA who just finished college last year. Sometimes poor students also want the opportunity to be more than a social security number. Sometimes they want to learn from someone who actually works in the field for which they are training. Sometimes students who don’t have a car and can’t afford to leave home want the same chance to earn a degree as the kid who gets to live in one of those fancy dorms with private bathrooms and climbing walls in the basement or drive mom’s car to and from campus every day. Sometimes students want to be able to put food on the table, earn a credential, and be there to read stories and tuck their kids into bed at night. Poor students have the same dreams for their own kids as their wealthier peers, and, like you, they know that being there, in the home, even if tucked away in a quiet corner working on their computer, is better for their kids than leaving them unattended to run off to night college.
I am a senior in high school and as much as I enjoy school and learning, the education is failing me. For example, I have an anatomy and physiology class that I am enrolled in, I've only had the class for 8 weeks so far and I have learned a lot of new information. Yet I have a D in the class. Another example is what I am going to college for has not been taught to me in high school. High school is supposed to prepare you for college and the real world and all it is doing is holding me back from what I want to become. It is lowering my grade point average and making me look stupid even though I am learning. All high school does is let us socialize with peers.
They made it a lot harder because they put Pearson in and they now give homework to kindergartners which is just wrong if you want them to learn don't give them homework there supposed to have fun at that age but if they have homework they can't have any fun
I am a sophomore in high school and I do believe that education in general is muddled in so many issues. It seems that it prefers quantity over quality, as to reflect that they are doing "better" quantity wise but students are lacking so many basic skills which is truly grave. I do also believe that the idea of standardized education has also affected the way that students incubate and cultivate, harnessing their potential. Standardizing things have limited the potential of so many people who are talented in many different fields, other than math and science, which the world seems to be shifting it's focus to. Although I love both fields, I believe that their focus is also shifted, with an iron rule and law which people have to follow or they'll otherwise fail. As a person who believes that quality is better than quantity, I believe that education have failed me and my classmates who are although failing, are true geniuses. It angers me the value that the U.S education upholds to and it sadness me that this will take a lot of time to change with recent movements and groups who are trying to innovate and change the way that education works today.
Nothing could be worse than having government basically dictate classrooms to fulfill testing fantasy. Teachers used to get a degree to learn the arts of teaching and that was a huge reason why they were teachers to start. They knew how to teach and wanted to. Now, the whole curriculum is not only dictated to you but teacher evaluations are based on "check lists" rather than ability. The reason? Maybe it's a gravy train that leads all the way back to politicians. Why does an 8th grader have to start being tracked for their future major? I just wanted pass and be a freshman.
When school goes back to the older, better, ways then students will learn again.
The world's meaning of education has changed; the character development of young minds is not encouraged anymore. The globalized world only believes in teaching kids about technology and its education. Marks are the only thing that students care about; gaining marks and not knowledge is the major mindset in people. No importance is given to improving a person's character, physical fitness or even social independence. All that a child learns about is technological developments; sports and social lives have been long forgotten. How can a child learn to live in a society, along with many other people, without even knowing how to communicate or interact properly without the use of social media?
In high school when we ask our teachers how is (SUBJECT) going to be useful to us in the future. They usually reply by saying that it is important or give a simple scenario of it being used. Really never giving a realistic or possible scenario of actually happening to some of us. Making us undermine its importance. Also including the way teachers teach. Just reading from a textbook and writing down notes just makes the learning experience very very very dull. For students who actually want to learn and go beyond their grade level standards are sometimes limited in the school their enrolled in. For example classes that your school doesn't offer or trying to get in a calculus class early. The option to explore your future career in high school is limited. Schools should start sometype of internship in highschool or have teachers teach in a more progressive manner.
Just this year I began taking AP classes which have resulted in a severe alteration in my own behavior. I have began to socially withdraw from the world around me, I have become anxiety-driven, and worst of all, I feel that no matter what I do, it will never be enough. As a student, I can honestly say that we are being pushed too hard for excellence. Also, there seems to be a much more sinister plot that lies dormant behind the eyes of the public-the majority of student detest school. I often find myself waking each morning wishing rather to die than go to school. An extremely over dramatic conclusion, I know, but the only reason I state it is because nearly every other student I know has dealt with that exact same thought. By constantly encouraging students to give school every last ounce of effort, we are also leading to their decreasing interest in becoming involved in the world around them. The message comes across as "Be perfect or you might as well fail." Students are no longer as socially involved because they are constantly doing homework. Sure, this strategy of education will teach the students a thing or two, but the devastating effects that the modern day school challenge are detrimental.
The US educational system has not really decreased, however the global standards of education have increased. So the US appears stupider, not because of worse education, but because of high standards. As other countries have increased their educational standards, the US has remained the same, but that does not mean the US education has gotten worse. Merely the opposition is often superior.
Education is only at its worst when the system completely fails. Like it or not, public schools are here to stay. Local tax levies need to be increased to give our kids better public schools, better facilities and higher-paid teachers. Schools haven't failed our kids. Parents have failed our kids. Fathers who won't take responsibility for being a dad and abandon their women are more of a problem for kids than their teachers. Education begins at home.